Kitchenaid Dishwasher Troubleshooting

A reliable dishwashing machine can save us tons of labor, and it just happens to be exactly the kind of labor everybody hates to do. So, when our trusty dishwasher sometimes doesn’t live up to expectations, we can actually feel betrayed and disappointed.

While a kitchen appliance is not a person, a little compromise and understanding from your end can still improve your “relationship” significantly. Check out these specific remedies to common problems.

Use The Right Type And Amount Of Detergent

An amazing proportion of users manage to get this wrong. First of all, dishwasher detergent is completely different from dishwashing soap. You need to use a formulation that won’t produce excess foam in your machine, or the suds will start to overflow and make it seem that your Kitchenaid is leaking. Should the internal sensor detect unusual levels of foam, the rest of the cycle may be automatically canceled to avoid similar, undesirable conditions.

How much is enough is often a matter of trial and error, depending on how hard your water is. Soft water, less detergent; harder water, more detergent to do the same job. If cloudy, transparent marks are visible on your glassware after washing, you are probably using too much detergent.


Kitchenaid dishwashers are designed to operate on a firm, level base. Even a slight angle can cause undesired operation.

Before connecting the inflow pipe to the water supply, fill it by hand to make sure no air pockets are left in the hose.

“It Just Won’t Go”

Every time the door is opened and closed, the “Start/Resume” button has to be pressed to confirm that you want to continue or begin the wash cycle. This applies even when the “Delay Hours” feature is activated.

If a running cycle has been interrupted, for example by opening the door, a whole bunch of lights on the front panel will be flashing. Just press “Start/Resume” to continue where the cycle left off.

Also, don’t forget to choose a specific program – “Start/Resume” won’t know what to do if you don’t tell it!

Load With Care

I’m sure we all know how you’re supposed to load a dishwasher, but there’s always that temptation to wedge in just one more item. Overloading or improperly distributed dishes can lead to poor drying performance, damage plates and glassware (making an unbelievable racket at the same time), and of course dirty dishes after the wash is complete.

A Kitchenaid dishwasher is a wonderfully useful machine, but its functions do not include guessing at what you want, or loading itself with dishes and detergent. If you keep a few simple things in mind, your washes will involve much less bother and produce sparkling clean dishes every time.

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