How to Put a Kitchenaid Dishwasher in Diagnostic Mode [in 6 Different Models]

Are you having trouble with your Kitchenaid dishwasher and unsure what's causing the issue?

One way to diagnose the problem is by putting your dishwasher in diagnostic mode. It allows you to run various tests and identify the root cause of the problem.

In this article, we'll walk you through the steps to put your Kitchenaid dishwasher in diagnostic mode.

Before we start, it's important to note that the process may vary depending on the model of your dishwasher.

So, we've compiled the most common steps and methods to help you diagnose the problem.

By following these steps, you can avoid costly repairs and potentially fix the issue on your own. Let's start!

Quick Guide to Putting the  Kitchenaid Dishwasher in Diagnostic Mode

Are you a lazy reader? Here's a quick guide just for you!

Dishwasher Model Diagnostic Mode Setup
W10130990C, W10142800B, and 8572216 Standby > Heated Dry & Normal Cycle > Heated Dry & Normal Cycle
W10195615A 1,2,3 keys 3x (1-sec interval)
KUDD03DT High Temp Wash 6x > Start
KUDR245EWH5 High-Temp Wash & Energy Saver Dry (10-sec interval)
KIDS01EK Rinse-Only & SANI Rinse > Rinse-Only & SANI Rinse > Error Code
8537797 High-Temp Scrub > Air Dry > High-Temp Scrub > Air Dry

Please note that your KitchenAid Dishwasher should be on Standby mode before proceeding with the steps above.

Be sure to check: How to Install a Kitchenaid Dishwasher [Quick Step-By-Step Guide]

How to Put a Kitchenaid Dishwasher in Diagnostic Mode 

To put your Kitchenaid dishwasher in diagnostic mode, you'll need to follow a series of steps that involve pressing specific buttons on your dishwasher's control panel.

Adjusting the settings of the dishwasher

Here are the steps based on the specific model you own:

Option 1: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Models W10130990C, W10142800B, and 8572216

If you own a Kitchenaid dishwasher model W10130990C, W10142800B, or 8572216, you can easily put it in diagnostic mode by following these simple steps.

  1. First, plug in your dishwasher but do not power it on to activate the standby mode.
  2. Next, press the Heated Dry button and the Normal Cycle button. Do this consecutively, without any pauses in between.
  3. Press Heated Dry and Normal Cycle once again. This will put your Kitchenaid dishwasher in diagnostic mode.

Doing this shouldn't take you over six seconds, so you must be quick once you've set the dishwasher on standby mode.

Option 2: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Model W10195615A

If you have a Kitchenaid dishwasher model W10195615A, follow the steps below.

  1. First, make sure your dishwasher is on standby. Press the 1, 2, and 3 keys on the control panel in quick succession.
  2. Press them again in one-second intervals.
  3.  Press the 1, 2, and 3 keys again to enter diagnostic mode.

Note that the test won't run if you don't close the door of your dishwasher. So, be sure to do that before starting the test.

Option 3: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Model KUDD03DT

Your Kitchenaid dishwasher KUDD03DT, can enter into diagnostic mode with these steps.

  1. Again, make sure your dishwasher is in standby mode. Press the “High Temp Wash” key 6 times.
  2. To initiate the service mode, press the start button.

You'll know if there is an error code if the LED flash. So, take note of the error before pressing any key to clear the code from the display.

Option 4: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Model KUDR245EWH5

You can use the following steps to put the Kitchenaid KUDR245EWH5 dishwasher in diagnostic mode.

  1. To start, turn on your dishwasher and ensure it isn't running on any cycles.
  2. Press the High-Temp Wash and Energy Saver Dry buttons on the control panel.
  3. Press the same buttons again at the interval of 10 seconds.
  4. The dishwasher will enter diagnostic mode, and the control panel will display the error codes.

If that doesn't work, try pushing the High-Temp Wash button 3 times in under 10 seconds instead.

Option 5: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Model KIDS01EK

Here are the steps to set your Kitchenaid KIDS01EK Dishwasher in diagnostic mode.

  1. Make sure your dishwasher is on standby mode.
  2. Next, press the Rinse-Only and SANI Rinse keys simultaneously.
  3. Quickly press the same keys once again.
  4. Wait for the error code to appear on the display.

Option 6: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Model 8537797

Follow these steps to set your Kitchenaid 8537797 dishwasher in diagnostic mode.

  1. The first step is to make sure your dishwasher is in standby mode. Next, press the High-Temp Scrub button on the control panel.
  2. After you press the High-Temp Scrub button, press the Air Dry switch on the control panel.
  3. Press the High-Temp Scrub and Air Dry buttons again, in that order.

Common KitchenAid Dishwasher Error Codes

If your KitchenAid dishwasher is not working properly, it may display an error code on the control panel. Thus, we've compiled these error codes to help you:

KitchenAid Dishwasher Error Codes Chart

Error Code Interpretation How to Fix
Flashing Cycle Buttons Door is unlatched Close and reset the dishwasher
Red Light on Control Lock Hold the Control lock button for 3 seconds Hold Control lock button for 3 seconds
Clean Light Flashes The water supply has been disconnected
The overfill protection float is stuck
Too much suds
Make sure to connect water supply
Supply the correct detergent and reset
Try pressing the float down
Blinking Lights The Delay Start has been set
Power has been disrupted
The door isn't latched
Cancel the Delay Start
Ensure the dishwasher is connected to a power supply
Shute the door
Sanitize Light Flashes Incorrect sanitization temperature Make sure to set the temperature to 490°C or 1200°F
Rinse-Only Light Flashes Keys are stuck Release the stuck keys by gently pressing on them and resetting the dishwasher
CODE 1-1 (F1E1) Relay is stuck Try resetting the dishwasher
Replace the ECB
CODE 1– 2 (F1E2) Corrupted ECB memory Reset the dishwasher
CODE 2-2 (F2E2) The dishwasher needs to be reset Reset the dishwasher
CODE H2O Water supply error Connect the water supply tube and ensure there are no kinks
F2E1/2-1, F3E1/3-1, & F383/3-3 Control panel is faulty or stuck See if the control buttons are stuck and gently release them
If not, call a professional
F4E3 The dishwasher needs to be reset Reset the dishwasher
F6E3 Wrong detergent or too much suds Start a new cycle by canceling any existing ones
F6E4 Dishwasher is unlevelled Level out the dishwasher by raising or lowering the adjustable legs
F10E5 (FAE5) An existing cycle is set Start a new cycle by cancelling any existing ones
F6E1 Dishwasher doesn't start Supply the appropriate detergent in the right amount
F8E4 Dishwasher is installed incorrectly Check the manual to see correct the issue
F8E5 Drain sequence is running Swith the water supply or turn off the power

These are only a few of the error codes that we know of. Please refer to Kitchenaid's error code guide for further instructions.

Continue reading: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Beeping But Not Starting – What’s Wrong?

How Do I Reset My KitchenAid Dishwasher?

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If your KitchenAid dishwasher is acting up or not working as it should, resetting it may be the solution. Here are a few ways to reset your KitchenAid dishwasher:

Resetting the Dishwasher Manually

  1. Unplug the dishwasher from the outlet if it isn't responding to commands.
  2. Leave the dishwasher unplugged for 5 to 10 minutes to let the computer reset itself if possible.
  3. Plug the dishwasher back in and try running a cycle.

Control Panel Factory Reset

  1. Press the Dry and High Temp buttons on your control panel 5 to 10 times quickly.
  2. The control panel will light up and blink repeatedly for 5 seconds.
  3. Let the dishwasher rest for 10 minutes before use.

Dishwasher's Cycle Power Reset

  1. Long press the Cancel/Drain button for a few seconds to cancel any existing cycles.
  2. Press the Start/Resume button to start a new cycle.

Why is My KitchenAid Dishwasher Not Working?

If your KitchenAid dishwasher is not working, there could be a few reasons why. Here are some possible causes and solutions:

Dishwasher Setting

Your dishwasher may not work due to delayed washing, standby, or sleep mode. 

To resolve the issue, start with canceling the delayed wash option.

Also, check if you have disabled sleep mode by pressing either START/RESUME or CANCEL, or opening and closing the door before selecting your cycle/option.

Dishwasher Door is Open

Another common issue is the dishwasher door is open.

Opening the dishwasher

Check for any obstructions preventing the door from closing all the way, and make sure to latch the door properly.

Additionally, ensure there is no damage or misalignment in the latch and latch assembly.

Incoming Water Supply Issue

You may also have an issue with your incoming water supply.

To resolve the issue, turn on the water supply and check for kinks or clogs in the water supply line.

Problem with Power Supply

If there is a power supply problem, check that the dishwasher plug and the circuit breaker or fuse haven't tripped.

Also read: Your Guide to Fixing a Blown Fuse in Your KitchenAid Dishwasher—Stop the Fuse Frustration

Clog Drain Hose

Check if the drain hose has a kink or clog if the dishwasher is not draining.

Ensure there are no clogs in the garbage disposal, and remove the knockout plug from the garbage disposal connection.

You can also try cleaning the dishwasher filter and removing any food particles or debris from the dishwasher.

If none of these solutions work, contact customer support for further assistance.

Putting it All Together

Now that you have successfully put your Kitchenaid dishwasher in diagnostic mode, you can easily identify any equipment issues.

Once you have entered the diagnostic mode, pay attention to any error codes or flashing lights that may appear on the dishwasher display.

Use these codes to identify any issues with your dishwasher and take the necessary steps to resolve them.

If you are unsure about any of the error codes or need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact Kitchenaid customer support for help!

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