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My KitchenAid Dishwasher is a piece of.....
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Paula    Posted 01-24-2005 at 19:55:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The other night I loaded my dishwasher and started it so that in the morning I would have clean dishes. Well it sounded funny, it kind of hummed and moaned instead of sloshing.

BTW, it's supposed to be silent. MY A$$!

So the next morning all I got was dirty crusty dishes with stuff dried on. So I reran it, it sloshed it cleaned.

Well tonight, same thing. It's humming and moaning and I'm not so sure a darned thing is happening inside it.

I don't know how to troubleshoot it either. Mind you this is new since July 2004!

GRRR, and I'm way too obsessive to leave it lie and go to sleep.


RayP(MI)    Posted 01-25-2005 at 18:34:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
The hints left by others here are very good. We have a KitchenAid, and it's the best washer weve owned, and we've had several! When it's running, open the door - slowly - and see if there's water inside the cabinet and in the sump. sounds like the water isn't flowing in properly. Then check the things your friends below suggested. I occasionally run a load of dishes with a couple tablespoons of acid rinse like dairy farmers use to rinse outtheir bulk lines and milking machines.

EX Kicthen Aid    Posted 11-18-2005 at 05:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew up on Kitchen Aid. It was the best dishwasher out there.

When I bought my first house,I replaced the leaky, low-end Sears (relatively new) with a high-end Kitchen Aid back in the late 80s. Flawless quality. Cleaned great and never broke.

So when I bought my new house, I inherited a builder's grade GE that didn't clean well with a top-of-the line Kitchen Aid (now owned by Whirlpool). It was totally different. This KA broke repeatedly.

IMO, Kitchen Aid is now just a gussied up Whirlpool. Whirlpool just loves plastic handles on high-end appliances. I noticed that when I bought my front loading washer and avoided the Duet with the snapped off handle in the fancy appliance boutique. I guess someone in accounting put his foot down and told engineering hey had to save that last quarter to make Wall Street happy. What a joke.

Two repairs in a month - one for $250 to replace the cheap plastic cowl on the KA front that cracked when I opened it is just insane. So, I bought a medium-end Maytag with a 5 year warranty at Home Depot. Congratulations Wall Street - dishwashers are now disposable appliances. They cost too much fix to justify fixing them when they break out of warranty.

Thanks Guys    Posted 01-25-2005 at 06:47:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm going to pull it out from under the counter this weekend and follow all your helpful hints. Man, it was hard to go to sleep last night knowing the darned thing wasn't working! It might be a clog come to think of it; my well was very silty at first and now is moderately silty.

BTW how do you get around siltiness? A filter?


Judy in NC    Posted 01-25-2005 at 06:03:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Paula,
I just spent many hours last week researching how to repair our dishwasher - sounds like the same symptoms as yours. When I heard $45.00 for a housecall, $1.00 a minute to repair - I decided I was going to give it my best shot first.

I found the site below a big help.

Checking the water inlet valve is really easy and very often the source of the problem.

In my case (where children help load and unload the machine) the problem was simply the float switch - it had gotten dislodged from it's correct position. (You should hear a distinct "click" when the float is lifted out or placed back into position.)The float on mine is located in the front right corner of the floor of the machine.

Of course I didn't discover that easy fix until I had electrically and physically checked the water inlet valve. Take my advice (please) and check the easiest thing first - the float inside the machine. Since I have a good bit of iron in my water, I assumed the screen in the inlet valve would be clogged. By the way, if you have iron buildup in your machine, a cup or so of vinegar in an empty wash load cleans it right out (at least it did in mine). There were lots of hard to get to little nooks and crannies that I hadn't been able to clean by hand, and the vinegar did a great job.

Oh well, this gave me the "shove" I needed to really clean out the machine. I stripped it down inside, all the way to the sump and gave it a thorough cleaning. My children have been known to break a glass or dish in the machine and not tell me - broken glass in the working parts is not a good thing!!

Hope this helps.

Judy in NC

Jet9N    Posted 01-25-2005 at 05:57:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paula, reread your post. It's obvious its needs a good nights rest before working. LOL
(Actually maybe water pressure is higher in the morning).


GeneSC    Posted 01-25-2005 at 03:13:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like oslo said , check the waterline. ours came
with a "saddle tee" (you clamp it on the pipe,then
screw a little "needle looking" thing into the pipe
and back out) that creates a hole in the pipe. well,
evenually that hole stopped up and hummmmmmm no water. I then installed the proper tee and fine ever since. If you have one
of those saddle tees, I'd start there.>>>Gene<<<

Oslo in nc    Posted 01-24-2005 at 20:07:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Paula; If dishes aren't clean, then you should check the water line. remove line going into dw. You may have to pull out from counter. Check owners manual. Usually a simple reomoval. There may be a plugged screen. If H2O is in dw then you are having trouble with the impeller(pump). Check for dirt in bottom of dw. Some of the basic components can be removed for inspection. Again look at manual. Also be sure enough H2O is in dw, if looks low, fill up using a pot, being careful not to add too much. Then test run. Turn several cups upright in top rack when running. If no water fills them then you definately have a problem. The idea here, is to narrow where the problem might be, then read your manual. hth

Ps; I'm not an expert, just been there in the past.

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