When water remains standing in the bottom of the dishwasher, KitchenAid recommends troubleshooting by checking to see if the door is unlatched or open. If it accidentally opens or didn't completely close, the interruption in the cycle leaves water standing in the machine.
Once most KitchenAid dishwashers finish their cycles, a clean light indicates the cycle is complete. When this light is on, pressing the cancel/drain button starts the pump to remove any remaining water. If operating this cycle doesn't clear the standing water, the issue is likely with a plugged drain.
With newly installed dishwashers that drain through a garbage disposal, the installer sometimes forgets to remove the knockout plug from the inlet. If the machine was working well earlier, but stops draining suddenly, the problem might be food left in the disposal unit or a clogged sink drain.
Foreign material sometimes blocks the air gap. Most of these units have a lift off chrome cover over a plastic cap that unscrews. After removing the cap, the owner should check for soil build-up and clean as necessary.
The dishwasher's drain hose is a source of potential problems. Kinks prevent the pump from moving the water to the drain. If a replacement drain hose is longer than 12 feet, it is too long to allow the machine to work correctly.Learn More
To troubleshoot a KitchenAid dishwasher that isn't turning on, begin by identifying the problem and taking steps to make repairs. A flipped breaker or an improperly latched door, for example, may be repaired within a few moments, but more complex repairs can require several hours after locating the needed parts.Full Answer >
To troubleshoot a KitchenAid dishwasher that isn't draining, check the drain hose, drainage basket and sump for food particles. The drain pump and check valve are also common causes for poor drainage.Full Answer >
Running a wash cycle while the bottom rack of the dishwasher is empty causes the water to spray directly towards the door, potentially causing a leak. The dishwasher should only be run when both racks are full.Full Answer >
Regular maintenance of a dishwasher helps ensure that it will work without problems. However, if it does develop a problem, a few checks and minor repairs can help to fix it. Valve maintenance, interior cleaning, and thorough checks of the water and detergent supplies are great ways to regain good dishwasher performance./