Question about KitchenAid 24 in. KUDI01FL - Multiple Color Built-in Dishwasher
Easy to take apart.. (the water recirculation area needs cleaning)
lots of **** gets down in there and doesnt flush through - olive pits, straws, toothpicks..
1) get a pair of gloves and a star set of screwdrivers (or those T hex thingys - about 8 bucks at the home depot for all sizes)
2) flip the breaker to 'off'
3) open the door, remove the racks (the bottom one just comes out easily, the top one has two endpeices on the rails that need to be CAREFULLY removed - they're plastic and they WILL break
4) remove the bottom sprayer (should be able to do this without tools but a set of pliers comes in handy) - once removed, rinse it out making sure all the little holes are free of debris
5) remove the top sprayer feeder tube (this un'clicks at the back of the dishwasher wall and then rotates about 45degrees left (counterclockwise) to unlatch itself from the bottom thingy.. this may have a bunch of crud in it as well.. use whatever pipe cleaner type gadget that you may have to clean this out (dont use bleach)
6) remove all the screws on the bottom big filter.. (clean out all the **** once its out
7) BE CAREFUL NOW - THERE MAY BE BROKEN GLASS DOWN IN THIS AREA - now there's a little filter area on the front side of the 'hole' reach in with your gloves and clear all the debris out.. my guess is that if you have had this for a year or so, it will be filled with debris.. once this is cleaned out, that filter thing comes out as well (i think i remember there being a couple of those THex screws holding this think in as well)..
8) make sure all debris, tools etc are out of the dishwasher..
9) with everything disassembled and out on the counter, flip the breaker back on and run a rinse cycle to make sure all is clear... (it will most certainly be louder now that the waterflow is clear)..
10) assemble all back in reverse order and load up..
i'm not a repair guy i just like taking things apart and seeing what makes them work - you will save 200 in repair fees (min) by doing this yourself (if you're not afraid of touching a little bit of crud.. lol)
have fun and enjoy the sense of accomplishment..
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
Dishwashers need alot of water ..check hoses for blockage and water pressure...should be around 40. also check and see if proper drainage. water has to get to the top by hoses to a sprayer check that...a motor has to run the sprayer,that looks like a 2 blades whirling about with holes, and might have clutches and gears worn in that cycle...you will stand there and hear all the cycles and can open it to see if top gets water. good luck
Posted on Aug 31, 2007
It cleans poorly
If your dishwasher is cleaning poorly, check these:
Water-inlet valve Most cleaning problems are caused by the dishwasher not getting enough wash water, so the water-inlet valve is often to blame. This valve is usually at the bottom left or right of the dishwasher, behind the lower access panel. It's the device with the main water line from the house, a rubber tube to the dishwasher, and two wires attached to it.
When a water-inlet valve is defective, you may hear the sound that's usually referred to as "water hammer." If the water-inlet valve is defective, you need to completely replace it.
Dishwasher Water Inlet Valve Replacement
Be sure to read and understand any instructions that come with the new water inlet valve.
Step 1. Disconnect the dishwasher from its power source.
Note: Dishwashers are usually wired directly to the home’s electrical system. To disconnect the power, switch off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the electrical circuit the dishwasher is attached to. Try to turn the unit on after disconnecting the power to be sure you were successful.
CAUTION: If you’re not sure you’ve shut off the power properly, DO NOT CONTINUE. Call a qualified appliance repair technician to complete the repair.
Step 2. Turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. This is usually underneath the kitchen sink or in the basement or crawlspace near the location of the dishwasher. Pliers may be helpful here.
Note: If there are no shut-off valves, you must shut the water off at the main water supply valve for your home.
Step 3. Remove the lower panel(s) of the dishwasher. These are usually held by 2 to 4 screws at the upper and lower corners of the panel(s).
The inlet valve is usually near the front of the dishwasher. Attached to the valve you’ll see: 2 or 4 wires, the water supply line from the house and the water feed line that goes to the dishwasher.
Step 4. Remove the household water supply line from the valve. The line is usually secured with a brass compression nut. The water supply line is usually copper or braided stainless steel.
CAUTION: Water supply line may be hot.
Step 5. Remove the fitting from the valve the water supply line was attached to. This fitting may be very difficult to remove. It may help to put the valve into a vice in order to remove the fitting. If you cannot remove it, replace it. The fitting is not an appliance part but a plumbing part that is available at most hardware stores.
Step 6. Remove the screws holding the valve to the dishwasher frame.
Step 7. Label the wires to the valve so you’ll be sure to reattach them correctly.
Step 8. Remove the wires from the valve.
Step 9. Remove the clamp on the black rubber water discharge tube and pull the tube off of the valve.
Step 10. Reinstall the old fitting (or a replacement fitting if necessary) onto the new valve the water supply line was attached to. Use Teflon tape or pipe joint compound as a thread sealant. Make this fitting tight to prevent leaks. Make sure that the fitting points in the same direction as the old one so that the water supply line will meet up with it properly.
Step 11. Install the new valve in the reverse order of the removal instructions.
Note: The water supply line is under high pressure. Be sure to tighten the fittings properly.
Step 12. Turn on the water to the machine, and check for and correct any leaks.
Step 13. Reinstall the access panel(s). Restore the power to the dishwasher and test.
Note: You may have to let the dishwasher run a few minutes before it reaches the next water fill cycle.
Internal filters Every dishwasher has some type of filter to keep large food particles and foreign objects away from the pump assembly:
Drain valve Some dishwashers have a valve (or gate) that should open only during draining. If debris lodges in the valve, it can't close properly, so water drains out during the wash cycle. Most dishwashers drain into the garbage disposer. If yours does that, listen for water flowing into the disposer during the wash cycle. If you can hear it then, the drain valve may be clogged.
Spray arms There's a spray arm at the bottom of your dishwasher--it may have a tall spray tube mounted to the center of it. There may also be a spray arm located directly beneath the upper rack of dishes and/or above the upper rack.
If debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.
Water temperature To get the best cleaning results, the water entering your dishwasher needs to be hot enough. Try running the hot water in your kitchen sink for about 30 seconds before starting the dishwasher, to pre-heat it. Also, if your dishwasher lets you select a higher wash or rinse temperature, try that to see if it helps.
To check the temperature of the hot water that comes from your kitchen faucet use a waterproof thermometer. If the water isn't 120 degrees Fahrenheit, your dishwasher may have trouble getting your dishes clean. You could increase the temperature of the hot water to the whole house--and therefore the dishwasher--by adjusting the hot water heater thermostat.
Warning! To lessen the risk of scalding, don't set the hot water heater temperature higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Detergent cup Dishwashers don't perform their best if detergent is introduced only at the beginning of a cycle, so add detergent to both parts of the cup.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
SOURCE: We have a kitchenaid dishwasher,
There are 6 major reasons that could affect the cleaning.A nice guide you could follow is :-
Other than this, you need to check the pump. Make sure that it is not clogged.
Let me know,if needed further assistance.
Hope i helped you.
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Posted on Sep 04, 2010
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I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...
Posted on Sep 29, 2010
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