KitchenAid Dishwasher Troubleshooting

KitchenAid are one of the largest dishwasher manufacturers in the market. Now owned by Whirlpool (who also own some other dishwasher brands) and as such many parts and design features are shared across a large range of different models which makes troubleshooting your KitchenAid dishwasher much easier as well as meaning parts and repair are readily available and relatively inexpensive.

Have a look at our general dishwasher troubleshooting page for some overall advice on some steps to take in repairing your dishwasher. For more specific advice about KitchenAid dishwashers continue reading for some ideas on where to begin repairing.

As with most other dishwashers, KitchenAid dishwashers will show an error code, either through the display panel or by flashing lights on the control panel, when it has detected a fault during a cycle. Some of the commonly displayed faults are as follows -

‘Clean’ light flashing continuously – This error suggests a problem with the heating functions of your KitchenAid dishwasher, i.e if you aren’t getting any hot water in the dishwasher or the dishes aren’t drying correctly then you can expect this error code. The most likely culprit for this fault is a damaged heating element which may require a new part, or possibly the thermostat.

‘Clean’ light flashes once, followed by six flashes - This is the dishwasher detecting a non-specific fault and telling you to contact an engineer for service. If you haven’t noticed any issues with your dishwasher apart from an error like this (which can sometimes prevent you running a cycle), then its worth considering the dishwasher might be incorrectly detecting a fault and has got ‘stuck’ on it. Before going any further down the avenue of repair you should try resetting the KitchenAid dishwasher diagnostics (see bottom paragraph). You can also try disconnecting your dishwasher from the power for several minutes and then check if the error persists.

Sometimes if the dishwasher problem is minor it can be annoying having an error code preventing the dishwasher from running its cycle when you know that despite the fault the dishwasher can still clean your dishes! To get around this you can try to manually reset the dishwasher so it can run a full programme.

On most models you can do this by pressing the following buttons in sequence (the button names may vary depending on your KitchenAid dishwasher model) – Heated dry, Normal, Heated dry, Normal. All the lights on the control panel should illuminate and after about half a minute you can start a new cycle.