Cleaning the Dishwasher
Clean the exterior of the dishwasher with a soft, damp cloth and
mild detergent. If your dishwasher has a stainless steel exterior, a
stainless steel cleaner is recommended.
NOTE: Do not clean the dishwasher interior until it has cooled.
Clean the interior of the dishwasher, with a paste of powdered
dishwasher detergent and water or use liquid dishwasher detergent
on a damp sponge.
Periodically clean the filter screen
located on the bottom of the tub.
Remove collected particles from
the screen with your fingers or a
A white vinegar rinse may remove white spots and film. Vinegar is
an acid, and using it too often could damage your dishwasher.
Put 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher-safe
measuring cup on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a
complete washing cycle using an air-dry or an energy-saving dry
option. Do not use detergent. Vinegar will mix with the wash water.
First try the solutions suggested here or visit our website and reference FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Dishwasher is not operating properly
Dishwasher does not run or stops during a cycle
Is the door closed tightly and latched?
Is the right cycle selected?
Is there power to the dishwasher? Has a household fuse blown,
or has a circuit breaker tripped? Replace the fuse or reset the
circuit breaker. If the problem continues, call an electrician.
Has the motor stopped due to an overload? The motor
automatically resets itself within a few minutes. If it does not
restart, call for service.
Is the water shutoff valve (if installed) turned on?
It is normal for certain cycles to repeatedly pause for several
seconds during the main wash.
Clean light is flashing
The dishwasher has malfunctioned. Call for service.
Dishwasher will not fill
Is the overfill protection float able to
move up and down freely? Press down
Dishwasher seems to run too long
The dishwasher can run up to 3
level, water temperature, cycles and options.
Is the water supplied to the dishwasher hot enough? The
dishwasher runs longer while heating water.
Is the dishwasher cycle time within the cycle times? See cycle
sections wash times. A delay automatically occurs in some
wash and rinse cycles until the water reaches the proper
This dishwasher is equipped with an optical sensor wash that
detects water temperature, soil and detergent amount. Wash
cycles are adjusted based on what is sensed.
to possibly avoid the cost of a service call.
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hours depending on soil
If you have a drain air gap,
check and clean it if the
dishwasher isn't draining
Storing the Dishwasher
If you will not be using the dishwasher during the summer, turn off
the water and power supply to the dishwasher. In the winter, if the
dishwasher could be exposed to near freezing temperatures or is
left in a seasonal dwelling such as a second home or vacation
home, avoid water damage by having your dishwasher winterized
by authorized service personnel.
IMPORTANT: The very first wash cycle after installation in your
home will be adjusted to include an additional 2 rinses. This
cycle must not be interrupted for proper sensor adjustment. If
this adjustment cycle is canceled or stopped before the Clean
light comes on at the end of the cycle, the next wash cycle will
repeat this sensor adjustment.
Water remains in the dishwasher
Is the cycle complete?
Detergent remains in the covered section of the dispenser
Is the cycle complete?
Is the detergent lump-free? Replace detergent if necessary.
White residue on the front of the access panel
Was too much detergent used?
Is the brand of detergent making excess foam? Try a different
brand to reduce foaming and eliminate buildup.
Odor in the dishwasher
Are dishes washed only every 2 or 3 days? Run a rinse cycle
once or twice a day until you have a full load.
Does the dishwasher have a new plastic smell? Run a vinegar
rinse as described in "Dishwasher Care."
Condensation on the kitchen counter (built-in models)
Is the dishwasher aligned with the countertop? Moisture from
the vent in the dishwasher console can form on the counter.
Refer to the Installation Instructions for more information.