Is your KitchenAid dishwasher not working all of a sudden? If so, don’t panic! It’s a common problem to find that your dishwasher won’t turn on, and one that can usually be fixed with a few DIY tips! So don’t waste another minute or drop of water washing dishes by hand! Let’s get your broken KitchenAid dishwasher back to work.
Why Is My KitchenAid Dishwasher Not Working?
Before we dive into how to fix a KitchenAid dishwasher not starting up, be sure not to pull your dishwasher out or unplug it from the wall. Troubleshooting dishwasher power issues can be dangerous and should always be handled by a professional.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some easy DIY solutions for when your KitchenAid dishwasher won’t start.
Adjust Dishwasher Settings
One of the most common causes of a KitchenAid dishwasher not starting is simply needing to adjust the settings. The control lock, delay start, and sleep mode are all potential culprits.
Firstly, check to make sure the control lock is not on. This is a feature that prevents the accidental starting of the dishwasher. If the control lock is on, simply press and hold the “Control Lock” button for three seconds to turn it off.
Another potential issue is the delay start feature. If you’ve set your dishwasher to start at a specific time but it hasn’t started yet, it could be due to the delay start setting. Check the delay start settings and adjust them as necessary.
Lastly, the sleep mode can also cause issues with starting the dishwasher. If the dishwasher has been in sleep mode for an extended period, it may not start right away. To wake it up from sleep mode, simply press any button on the control panel.
Door Isn’t Fully Closed
Another common issue is when the dishwasher door isn’t fully closed. If the door isn’t fully latched, the dishwasher won’t start as an essential safety feature.
First, check to make sure the door is properly closed and latched. If it’s not, check to see if the dishwasher is overcrowded and an item is blocking the door. Then try closing it again to ensure it clicks into place before pressing start again.
Problem with Incoming Water Supply
If your KitchenAid dishwasher is not getting water, it could be due to a problem with the incoming water supply. Start by checking the water supply valve, which is typically located under the sink. Make sure it’s fully open and that there are no kinks in the water line.
Another potential issue is a clogged water inlet valve. This valve allows water to enter the dishwasher, and if it’s clogged, water won’t be able to flow through. To fix this issue, turn off the water supply to the dishwasher and disconnect the water line. Clean the inlet valve with a soft brush and reconnect the water line.
Dishwasher Component Malfunctions
If none of the above solutions work, there could be a malfunction with one of the dishwasher components. This could include a faulty door switch, blown fuse, or damaged control panel.
- A faulty door switch can prevent the dishwasher from starting, even if the door is closed. If the door switch is the issue, it will need to be replaced.
- A blown thermal fuse can leave your dishwasher unable to turn on by cutting off power to the machine if it overheats. To diagnose a blown thermal fuse, you can use a multimeter to test its continuity. If it shows no continuity, the fuse is blown and will need to be replaced.
- A damaged control panel can cause issues with the dishwasher starting. If the dishwasher control panel is not working, it may need to be replaced by a professional.
If you still have a KitchenAid dishwasher not working after trying all the above solutions, it’s time to call in the professionals. Appliance Genie offers professional dishwasher service, and their expert technicians can quickly diagnose and fix any issues with your dishwasher.
And for more helpful tips, check out our DIY guides on how to improve dishwasher cleaning performance and the easy way to clean a stinky dishwasher!