My old KitchenAid Dishwasher, KDC-17, is plugged and water isn't
draining out of it. The way to get it open isn't very intuitive and so
I'd appreciate information on how to get to the filter or place that
could be plugged and stopping it up. It sprays a little bit of water
out when it goes through it's cycle but when the cycle is finished
there is quite a bit of standing water left in the bottom.
It was in the house when I bought it and there was no owner's manual.
Thanks ahead of time.
Remove the spray arm by lifting it off.
Clean around the screen in the center, then lift that off to clean it
Some models have a snap out piece of plastic under the screen, remove and
Check the operation of the drain valve. It may either be now working or
plugged. I had a cherry pit plug mine. That has to be done from the
underside of the machine. Remove the bottom front panel.
If other things fail to fix the problem,
there may be something stuck inside the
pump. You get at this under the spray
arm where there are a bunch of screws
and plastic parts stacked up. It's best
to have an exploded view, however, I
have taken it apart without the diagram.
You just have to remember the order
where everything goes when reassembling.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
That last thing - the drain valve: On my Sears machine, it was clogged with
just a little bit of some sort of vegetable stem that had turned into a
little ball of fiber. The valve was white, and had a black rubber flapper
inside. I removed just the drain hose and, assuming the flapper was part of
the clog, ended up ruining it by sticking a hemostat through it. Don't make
this same mistake. Remove the entire valve and check for clogs from the
machine side, in really good light.
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