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Kitchen Aid Dishwasher Troubleshooting

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If your Kitchen Aid Dishwasher has been acting up you may be worried about having to pay for a repair or replacement. Before you spend the money take a look at the following Kitchen Aid Dishwasher Troubleshooting guide. Some of the most common issues are simple and easy to fix yourself.

Leaking - A Kitchen Aid dishwasher can leak for various reasons. If your unit is leaking, look for the following causes.

  • Not level – a dishwasher needs to be level to work properly. Verify that your dishwasher is level to rule this out as the cause of the leak.
  • Water supply line – if the water supply line that feeds water to the dishwasher is leaking it can look like the dishwasher is to leak. Remove the dishwasher’s cover panel and look at the water supply line connection to see if this is the source of the leak.
  • Empty rack – if you run a wash cycle with an empty lower rack, the water may be directly spraying the door of the dishwasher causing it to leak. Run the machine making sure that both racks are full and watch for leaks.
  • Seals – look for anything that may be preventing the seals on the door from closing completely. Also, check for any damage to the seals.
  • Water temperature – the recommended maximum water temperature is 120°F. Check your water temperature to make sure that it is not set higher as this can cause the dishwasher to leak.
Not Filling – If you find that your dishwasher is not filling with water the cause may be quite simple to identify.
  • Door closure – make sure the door is properly closed. Check to make sure there is nothing in the way of the door or the latch.
  • Water supply – verify that the water supply line to the dishwasher is turned on. If the water is turned off for any reason, it is easy to forget to turn it back on.
  • Overfill float – locate the overfill float in the front right corner of the tub and make sure that it is not being restricted. The float should move freely up and down.
Not Draining – It is important to note that in many newer dishwasher models, a small amount of water will remain in the bottom of the dishwasher pan after it has drained. The reason for this is to make sure that the pump seal does not dry out. If your dishwasher has a significant amount of water in the pan you may need to look for these causes.
  • Siphoning – since the dishwasher drain is tied into the kitchen sink drain your unit could be siphoning water from the sink. Check to make sure that the dishwasher drain hose is hooked up high under the counter.
  • Kitchen drain - Commonly when a dishwasher is not draining it is because there is a drainage problem in the kitchen. Refer to the guide on troubleshooting a dishwasher that is not draining.
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