How To Reset Your KitchenAid Dishwasher

By Cory White
How To Reset Your KitchenAid Dishwasher

Your Kitchenaid dishwasher has been working perfectly until now. You have noticed it is acting in a strange manner.   If a few of the functions are not working after troubleshooting, you do not have to panic yet. You shouldn’t call service at this stage. Sometimes all your machine needs is a simple reset.    If your dishwasher is acting weird because of a problem that you have not yet solved, for example, a clogged filter, resetting it will not help you.   Resetting your dishwasher solves problems that are caused by incidences like a power surge.    The reset sequence in various Kitchenaid dishwashers might vary depending on your specific model.

Why is your Kitchenaid dishwasher beeping? 

There are a number of reasons why your kitchen aid dishwasher may be beeping. Dishwashers beep when they are done with washing and drying your dishes. This is usually a signal that you should unload your dishwasher. 


Another reason why your dishwasher is beeping could be because our cycle was interrupted by something. This could be a power surge.

Here, the dishwasher has to beep to let you know that a specific cycle was not completed.

The best thing to do when your dishwasher is beeping is to consult your user manual. When the dishwasher is beeping, it is probably showing some blinking lights that represent an error code. Crosschecking this error code with your user manual will tell you exactly why your Kitchenaid dishwasher was beeping.

The most common reason why the dishwasher is beeping could be because of the door latch. If you do not close the door properly, the dishwasher will beep constantly. 

Why Does Your Kitchenaid Dishwasher Start And stop? 

You have just started a wash cycle, you hear water getting into the dishwasher, and then it suddenly stops.

This is frustrating but why is your Kitchenaid dishwasher starting and stopping?

Check the unit’s door latch. Your dishwasher was designed to only wash dishes with a completely closed door. 

If you have a faulty door latch, your dishwasher could start and stop. This is due to the fact that the dishwasher cannot operate with an open door.

Another reason why your dishwasher is starting and stopping could be because you have a very thermal fuse. If your fuse is faulty or just old, the dishwasher will start and stop when the machine gets too hot. The fuse could have experienced a short circuit. Test it and if you find that it’s not working, replace it with a new one. 

Reset Options in the Kitchenaid dishwasher

Because your Kitchenaid dishwasher lacks a designated reset button, There are several alternatives for rebooting your dishwasher. Resetting the unit will clear up any confusion that the dishwasher’s computer has experienced. 

The first option is to pull the machine’s plug from the wall socket. Do this and wait for about seven minutes as the dishwasher resets and plug it back. If you can’t see it, go to the circuit breaker and flip the dishwasher switch to an ‘OFF’ position so that you cut off power to the unit. You’ll see a switch on the breaker labeled ‘dishwasher’. However, you are advised to do all of this with dry hands or safety gloves for extra caution.

The other way to reset a Kitchenaid dishwasher involves pressing a sequence of buttons on your dishwasher. These sequences will vary depending on your specific model. This is why you are advised to get your user manual and follow the specific reset sequence in there.

How can you diagnose your Kitchenaid dishwasher?

Running a diagnostic on your Kitchenaid dishwasher will help you find out the specific error code on your dishwasher. This will identify the exact problem that your dishwasher is facing. 

The button sequence to run a diagnostic on your Kitchenaid dishwasher will vary depending on the model you have. If you have your user manual, this will save you a lot of time because the sequence is written in the user manual. 

 However, if you can’t find your user manual, simply write your model number in a google search to get the specific reset button sequence for your unit. If you cannot get your model number, you will have to try the sequence below.

Again, the names of the buttons might not be exactly what you have on your dishwasher but they should be similar.

Push three buttons in a row thrice. This means you will press the buttons nine times in total. The buttons could be named ‘heated dry’, ‘hi-temp wash’, and ‘Sani Rinse’. 

The dishwasher’s led lights will all flicker. Close the door and look out for two numbers on the blinking light. Write down these two numbers for example 6-4 and look out for that specific error code in your user manual or on the internet.

Youtube video on how to run a diagnostic: Dishwasher Diagnostic Mode: find out why your Kitchenaid won’t work – YouTube

How can you reset/reboot a Kitchenaid dishwasher 

Resetting or rebooting a KitchenAid dishwasher is very easy. You should always start the reset process by doing a manual reset. This is done by pulling out the dishwasher plug from the wall socket. If you cannot see your plug, you have to cut off the unit’s power from the circuit breaker.

Then wait for about nine minutes for the dishwasher’s computer to reboot. Start your dishwasher to see if the problem has been solved.

If the problem still persists, you have to use a button sequence that reboots your dishwasher. 

This sequence will vary from model to model. You are advised to follow the specific reset sequence in your user manual. 

Press the ‘hi-temp wash’ button and the ‘heated dry’ button five times each while alternating between the two. That means you will press the hi-temp button and then the heated dry button in a repeated manner 5 times. This will give a total of 10 button presses. The heated dry button could also be called the Energy Saver Dry button. The names are usually similar. 

After finishing the sequence, the led lights will flash. It might go into diagnostic mode but that’s okay. The computer is also rebooting. 

Cycle Reboot 

Sometimes you do not need to reset the entire dishwasher. Sometimes you just want to cancel or reboot a specific. Your unit has probably gone into a cycle that you do not want or you just want to cancel the cycle. There are also cases where you have forgotten to put in a few dishes but you already started the wash cycle. A cycle reboot could help in this situation. 

Rebooting the dishwasher cycle is very easy. There is no specific cycle reboot button on a KitchenAid dishwasher.

To reboot a cycle, you have to press the ‘Cancel Drain’ button for about 3 to 4 seconds without letting it go. This will stop whatever cycle that is running and now you can select the cycle that you want.

Control Panel Reboot

Sometimes when your KitchenAid dishwasher is not functioning properly, you have to reboot the control panel.

Rebooting a control panel will require you to press two buttons while alternating between the two for a total of 10 times. That means you’ll give each individual button five presses. 

Since buttons on different Kitchenaid dishwashers are labeled a bit differently, you will have to take note of the different names of the two buttons on your specific dishwasher.

The first button could be labeled hi-temp or something similar to this. 

The second button could be labeled heated dry or a button that does the same function. 

Press these two buttons in an alternating manner a total of 10 times. The dishwasher could go into diagnostic mode but the control panel will also be rebooted. It’s important to note that the dishwasher’s door has to be closed. 


Resetting your KitchenAid dishwasher is a very easy task to do. Sometimes when the dishwasher is beeping or it is malfunctioning, a simple reset will solve your problem.

However, if the dishwasher has a faulty part, a reset will not solve your problem and the error code will be back immediately after resetting the unit. 

Always keep your user manual with you to help you with the different button sequences that will help you reset your dishwasher.

If you have failed to reboot your kitchen aid dishwasher, it is time to seek the help of a qualified technician.

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