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The Ultimate KitchenAid Dishwasher Manual

March 15, 2024

KitchenAid dishwashers are known for their durability and efficiency, but like any appliance, they require proper maintenance and care to ensure they continue to work at their best.
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Whether you are a new owner or have had your KitchenAid dishwasher for years, this guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to choose the best KitchenAid dishwasher for your home and keep it running smoothly.

Choosing the Right Model

If you are ready to purchase a new KitchenAid dishwasher, you will want to first choose need to choose the best model for your home. When choosing a new dishwasher for your home, consider the following:

  • Size: Ensure the dishwasher fits the space available in your kitchen.
  • Capacity: Choose a dishwasher that can accommodate your typical load size.
  • Budget: Setting a budget ahead of time can help more quickly narrow down your options.
  • Features: Look for features like adjustable racks, specialized wash cycles, and energy-efficient settings.
  • Noise Level: Consider the noise level of the dishwasher, especially if your kitchen is close to living areas.

KitchenAid Dishwasher Features

KitchenAid dishwashers offer a range of features to enhance your dishwashing experience. Each of the following features is available in select models and may be features you want to consider in your selection.

Advanced Wash Systems

KitchenAid dishwashers come with advanced wash systems that ensure thorough cleaning of your dishes. These systems typically include multiple wash arms, targeted spray jets, and specialized wash cycles to tackle tough stains and ensure sparkling clean dishes.

Energy-Efficient Options

If energy efficiency is important to you, you will want to choose a dishwasher model that is EnergyStar-rated. Many models feature eco-friendly settings and options such as soil sensors that optimize water usage based on the dirtiness of the dishes. This not only helps you save on energy costs but also reduces your environmental impact.

Noise Reduction Technology

Select KitchenAid dishwashers are equipped with noise-reduction technology to operate quietly. This is especially beneficial if your kitchen is close to living areas or if you prefer a quieter environment while the dishwasher is running. The noise reduction technology ensures a peaceful kitchen ambiance.

Customizable Racks and Loading Options

Customizable racks and loading options to accommodate dishes of various shapes and sizes. Adjustable racks, fold-down tines, and customizable loading configurations allow you to optimize the dishwasher space and ensure efficient cleaning of all your dishes, from large pots to delicate glassware.

Smart Connectivity Features

Some KitchenAid dishwashers come with smart connectivity features that allow you to control and monitor your dishwasher remotely. Through smartphone apps or voice assistants, you can start or schedule wash cycles, receive notifications when the cycle is complete, and even troubleshoot issues, providing convenience and peace of mind.

PrintShield™ Finish

PrintShield™ Finish is a feature available in some KitchenAid dishwashers that helps to resist fingerprints and smudges on the exterior of the dishwasher. This finish makes it easier to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of your dishwasher, as it reduces the visibility of fingerprints and other marks, providing a sleek and polished look to your kitchen.

Caring for Your KitchenAid Dishwashers

Once you have selected a new dishwasher, you will need to care for it properly to ensure it works efficiently throughout its life.

Maintenance Schedule

Regular maintenance is crucial for a long-lasting and efficient dishwasher. Here is a breakdown of what to do weekly, monthly, and quarterly:

  • Weekly Maintenance: Clean the filter, wipe down interior surfaces, check spray arms, and run a maintenance cycle to prevent odors and clogs.
  • Monthly Maintenance: Deep-clean the exterior, inspect and replace seals if needed, clean spray arms, and check the drain hose for blockages.
  • Quarterly Maintenance: Descale the dishwasher to remove mineral deposits, inspect and tighten connections, clean interior components, and test water temperature for optimal cleaning.

Following these steps ensures your dishwasher performs at its best, saving you money on repairs and keeping your dishes spotless.

How to Clean a KitchenAid Dishwasher Filter

Regularly cleaning the filter helps prevent clogs and ensures optimal performance of your KitchenAid dishwasher. The instructions below apply to most models, but we suggest checking your owner's manual for details on your specific model.

1. Turn off and empty the dishwasher.

2. Locate the filter. The filter is usually located at the bottom of the dishwasher, beneath the spray arm. It is a cylindrical or flat mesh screen that traps food particles and debris during the wash cycle.

3. Remove the filter. Depending on your model, you may need to twist, lift, or unscrew the filter to remove it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific dishwasher model.

4. Rinse it under warm water & scrub away debris.

5. Check for damage and clean the filter housing. While the filter is removed, use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the area around the filter housing. Remove any food particles or residue that may have accumulated.

6. Reinstall the filter securely.

7. Run a test cycle to ensure proper function.

8. Repeat monthly for optimal performance.

General Guidelines

In general, there are tips we recommend to ensure your dishwasher continues to run efficiently.

  • Load Properly: Avoid overloading the dishwasher and ensure dishes are properly spaced to allow water and detergent to reach all surfaces for a thorough clean.
  • Pre-Rinse When Necessary: While most modern dishwashers can handle dirty dishes without pre-rinsing, heavily soiled items may benefit from a quick rinse before loading.
  • Scrape Food Residues: Remove large food particles from dishes before loading them into the dishwasher to prevent clogs and ensure optimal performance.
  • Ensure the Interior is Dry: After each cycle, prop the door open slightly to allow moisture to evaporate, preventing mold and musty odors from developing.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

As with any appliance, you may run into issues throughout your dishwasher's lifespan. Some issues with KitchenAid dishwashers that you may encounter, and quick solutions are detailed below. Check the user manual for specific troubleshooting steps related to your model.

Dishes Not Getting Clean

If your dishes are not coming out clean, check for blockages in the spray arms, ensure proper loading of dishes without blocking the spray arms, and use the appropriate amount of detergent.

If you have not cleaned your dishwasher recently, this may also be an indicator that a deep cleaning is needed. Run a cleaning cycle with vinegar and baking soda to remove mineral deposits.

Water Leaks

Water leaks can occur due to a faulty door gasket or a loose connection. Inspect the door gasket for damage and ensure it is sealed properly. Check the water inlet and drain hoses for any leaks or kinks.

Dishwasher Not Draining

If the dishwasher is not draining properly, check for clogs in the drain hose or filter. Ensure the garbage disposal is clear if connected to the dishwasher.

No Power

If the dishwasher is not turning on, check the power source and ensure it is plugged in correctly. Reset the circuit breaker if needed.

Unusual Noise

Unusual noises during the wash cycle can indicate a problem with the wash arm, pump, or motor. Inspect these components for any obstructions or damage.

Locked Dishwasher

In some cases, owners have needed assistance with unlocking their dishwashers. If you are wondering how to unlock a KitchenAid dishwasher, you can follow these general steps:

1. Locate the control panel on the dishwasher.

2. Look for the "Control Lock" button or a similar button that indicates the dishwasher is locked.

3. Press and hold the "Control Lock" button for a few seconds until the control panel lights turn off or the lock indicator disappears.

4. Once the control panel is unlocked, you should be able to use the dishwasher normally.

How to Reset a KitchenAid Dishwasher

Oftentimes, simply resetting your dishwasher can solve an issue. To reset a KitchenAid dishwasher, you can follow these general steps:

1. Locate the "Start/Resume" button on the dishwasher control panel.

2. Press and hold the "Start/Resume" button for about 3 seconds to reset the dishwasher.

3. Wait for a few moments for the dishwasher to reset.

4. Once the reset is complete, the dishwasher should be ready to use again.

Ready to Purchase a New Dishwasher?

If you are ready to shop for a new dishwasher or other KitchenAid appliances, the experts at Howard's Appliance have over 75 years of experience and are ready to help you.

Stop into one of our appliance store locations throughout Southern California today. Visit us at our location in La Habra, Long Beach, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Covina, or the surrounding area today.

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