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Here’s How to Reset a KitchenAid Dishwasher

Here’s How to Reset a KitchenAid Dishwasher

Having a KitchenAid Dishwasher in the kitchen can be a lifesaver for many people, especially those who do not like washing dishes by hand. But, like all appliances, they can fail to do their job from time to time, leaving it up to you to decide what needs to be done to get into working order again.

In most cases, resetting a KitchenAid Dishwasher can be the key to getting it up and running again. Keep reading below to learn more about the different ways to reset your KitchenAid Dishwasher so you can get back to using it again.

Quick Reboot

If you find that your dishwasher is not working the way that it should, you may need to try a few troubleshooting steps to get it to function again. Maybe it is not cleaning your dishes completely, or maybe your dishwasher will not turn on. Whatever the reason, you can start with a quick reboot.

A quick reboot is much like when you have to restart your computer because it is just not working right. With a dishwasher, however, there is a little more to just unplugging and replugging the machine.

Keep in mind that before you do any troubleshooting on your KitchenAid Dishwasher, you first consult your owner’s manual. This is because you do not want to do anything that will void your warranty in case the problem is more severe.

Follow these steps to do a quick reboot to your KitchenAid Dishwasher:

  • Flip the circuit breaker for the dishwasher to the “off” position.
  • Unplug the power cord to the dishwasher once it is off.
  • Give the dishwasher about 5-10 minutes.
  • Reconnect the power cord for the dishwasher to the electrical outlet.
  • Flip the circuit breaker back to the “on” position.
  • Turn the dishwasher on.

Cycle Reset

Using a dishwasher to make your life easier does not come without its bumps and obstacles for most people. There are also times that you were in a hurry and just turned your dishwasher, not realizing that you hit the wrong cycle. Don’t worry. All is not lost!

A Cycle Reset is designed to stop a dishwashing session wherever it is in the cycle so you can start it over. This resetting method is used for times that you either chose the wrong cycle, or maybe you realized you did not have a full load. Whatever the reason, you can do a cycle reset pretty easily.

Life can get busy sometimes, and mistakes often happen, especially when you are not paying full attention to the task at hand. The KitchenAid Dishwasher is a great appliance to have because of its reliability and the ability to reset a cycle if need be.

Follow these steps to perform a cycle reset on your KitchenAid Dishwasher:

  • Press and hold the Cancel or Cancel Drain Button for 3-5 seconds.
  • Allow it to go through the Cancel/Drain process.
  • Choose your new settings and press start.

This reset method is one of the easiest and most common forms of resetting a KitchenAid Dishwasher. It takes only a few seconds, and you are back to washing your dishes while you are off to do what you do.

Control Panel Reset

If you have attempted to reset your KitchenAid Dishwasher using the quick reboot method and the unit is still not working properly, you may need to try something different. At this point, according to the owner’s manual, you may need to do a control panel reset to get things working again.

A Control Panel Rest is just like it sounds; it resets the computerized control panel that operates the dishwasher. This method is easily done by going through a sequence of pressing two buttons on the dishwasher panel five times consecutively.

It is important to note that when you are using this reset method on your KitchenAid Dishwasher, the door of the unit should be completely closed. The button pressing process will not work properly if the door is ajar, even just a little.

Follow the sequence below to do a control panel reset. Keep in mind that you will be pressing each of these buttons five times for a total of ten presses. The buttons will also vary depending on the model of your dishwasher.

  • Press the Hi-Temp, Hi Scrub, or Hi-Temp Wash button (depending on your model).
  • Press the Heated Dry, Energy Saver Dry, or Air Dry button (depending on your model).
  • Alternate between these buttons for five presses each for a total of ten presses.

Once you have done this, you are likely to hear your dishwasher going through a cycle of turning on and off. This is an assessment that the KitchenAid dishwasher is programmed to do. After it stops, then you can press the Cancel or Cancel/Drain button to drain the unit.

Call For Professional Help

The troubleshooting guide in your owner’s manual is designed to help you to try different things that may fix your KitchenAid Dishwasher. If you can fix it yourself, then you will save yourself a lot of time and money. However, there are times when everything you try fails to fix the problem.

If resetting your KitchenAid Dishwasher does not help, it may be time to call for professional help. Before trying anything more invasive, you should consider having someone who knows how to repair appliances look at it first.

Keep in mind that if you do something other than the troubleshooting methods outlined above and in your owner’s manual, your warranty may not cover any repairs or replacements needed. This means that you will be responsible for any costs associated with getting it fixed or having to purchase a new dishwasher.

Once you have exhausted all of the troubleshooting methods and your KitchenAid dishwasher is still not working properly, it is time to call in a professional. The repair person is likely trained on what steps to take next and can have your dishwasher up and running in no time at all.

At the end of the day, before you go spending hundreds of dollars on a dishwasher repair person to come and fix your KitchenAid dishwasher, you may want to try some of the simple reset procedures listed above. In most cases, these actions can fix the problem and have your dishwasher functioning properly quickly.