KitchenAid Diagnostic Codes: 6 Ways to Run Dishwasher Diagnostic Mode

So, do you suspect an electrical problem with your KitchenAid dishwasher, but you can’t place your hands on it? Then the right course of action would be to run the KitchenAid dishwasher diagnostic mode, technician test, and there are various ways to do it depending on the dishwasher model

You can run diagnostic on your KitchenAid dishwasher by pressing Heated Dry + Normal (twice), High Temp Wash (6 times) + Start (once), Keys 1, 2, and 3 (thrice), Rinse Only + SANI (twice), High Temp Scrub + Air Dry (twice), or High Temp Wash + Energy Saver Dry (twice), depending on the model. 

So, you have multiple ways to reset the dishwasher, but the critical determinant is your dishwasher model. And after running the diagnostic, you should note the error code on the dishwasher display.

So, we will also look at the various KitchenAid dishwasher error codes to help find the problem. The repair technician will help you fix your dishwasher and eventually clear the codes. 

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In a rush? Below is a quick summary of the various ways a technician can help in running diagnostics on a KitchenAid dishwasher, including repair and checking connections. 

Quick Guide to Running the KitchenAid Dishwasher Diagnostic Mode

Diagnostic Mode ShortcutPreferred Dishwasher Model 
1.Heated Dry – Normal – Heated Dry – NormalW10142800B, 8572216, and W10130990C
2.High Temp Wash (6 Times) + Start KUDD03DT
3.Keys 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3W10195615A
4.Rinse Only – SANI Rinse – Rinse Only – SANI RinseKIDS01EK
5.High Temp Scrub – Air Dry – High Temp Scrub – Air Dry (or SANI Rinse – Air Dry – SANI Rinse – Air Dry)8537797
6.High Temp Wash – Energy Saver Dry – High Temp Wash – Energy Saver Dry KUDR245EWH5

How to Enter Diagnostic Mode On KitchenAid Dishwasher

Below are the various ways you can put your KitchenAid dishwasher on diagnostic mode, depending on the dishwasher model.

Option 1 (For KitchenAid W10142800B, or 8572216 or W10130990C Dishwashers)

Now, if you have the KitchenAid W10142800B, 8572216, or W10130990C dishwashers that you would want to put on service mode, consider using these steps:

  • Put your dishwasher on standby (plugged in but not powered on) if that’s not the case

  • Locate the Heated Dry and Normal cycle buttons and quickly press them in that order

  • Press Heated Dry and Normal one more time in the same order to enter the dishwasher into service mode

Remember, the whole process shouldn’t take more than 6 seconds to help fix the problem. So, you’ve to be quick about it once you confirm that the dishwasher is on standby.

Note that while you can use the Heated Dry – Normal diagnostic formula to put the KitchenAid 8572216 dishwasher on service mode, you can also do it by unplugging its thermistor twice after unplugging the user interface to help repair a fault code.

Option 2 (For KitchenAid KUDD03DT Dishwashers)

Consider these diagnostic steps for the KitchenAid KUDD03DT dishwasher to help with repair.

  • While your dishwasher is on standby, locate the ‘High Temp Wash’ key and press it six times

  • Then press ‘start’ to enter service mode

Overall, you should complete the steps in 10 seconds. So, again, you must be quick when getting into service mode to repair the power. Another note is that you should run this test with clean water. That will ensure the sensors function correctly.

Other essential notes when running this test include:

  • The ‘cancel’ LED light flashes when there’s an error code

  • By pressing any key after the Cancel LED flashes with an error code, you clear the error code from the display. So, you should note the fault code before you do that

  • You pause the sequence by opening the dishwasher door while the test runs. So, you’ll need to close the door to resume the sequence. 

Option 3 (For KitchenAid W10195615A Dishwashers)

The KitchenAid W10195615A dishwasher can enter diagnostic using these steps to help repair fault code.

  • Put the dishwasher on standby and quickly press the first three keys (keys 1,2 and 3) one after another

  • Press the three sets of keys again, keeping a one-second interval between each press

  • Press the three keys the last time to start the diagnostic mode 

Note that your dishwasher will only run the test once you close its door. So, make sure you do that action before pressing the cycle keys.

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Option 4 (For KitchenAid KIDS01EK Dishwashers)

You can quickly put the KitchenAid dishwasher on service mode using these repair steps.

  • Put the dishwasher on standby and press the Rinse-Only and SANI Rinse Keys quickly

  • Quickly press Rinse-Only and SANI Rinse once again to enter diagnostic 

  • Wait for the dishwasher to display any error code

Option 5 (For KitchenAid 8537797 Dishwashers)

You can enter the KitchenAid 8537797 dishwasher into service mode using these steps.

  • With the dishwasher on standby mode, press the High-Temp Scrub button 

  • Then press the Air Dry switch soon after

  • Press the two buttons (High-Temp Scrub and Air Dry) one more time

Note that you can press High-Temp Scour or Power Scour instead of High Temp-Scrub or Energy Saver Dry or No Heat instead of Air Dry. The dishwasher will enter service mode regardless of what action you take.

Alternatively, you can run the diagnostic on the dishwasher by pressing SANI Rinse and Air Dry instead of High Temp Scrub and Air Dry. If SANI Rinse or repair is not present, press Energy Saver Dry or No Heat Dry.

Option 6 (For KitchenAid KUDR245EWH5 Dishwashers)

Consider these diagnostic steps and action when running diagnostics on the KitchenAid KUDR245EWH5 dishwasher.

  • Press High-Temp Wash + Energy Saver Dry on your dishwasher while it’s on standby mode

  • Press the two keys again and ensure you do everything within 10 seconds

Alternatively, you can press High-Temp Wash three times instead of twice, but everything has to happen in under 10 seconds. 

KitchenAid Dishwasher Diagnostic Codes

Since running diagnostics on your dishwasher identifies an error code, you should understand the various KitchenAid dishwasher error codes for repair and action. Below is a table analyzing different diagnostic codes for KitchenAid dishwasher repair.

Error Code Interpretation/Meaning Recommendation 
All Cycle Buttons or Options Flashing Unlatched door Properly shut the dishwasher door and reset the dishwasher 
Flashing Clean Light Disconnected water supply, stuck overfill protection float, or excess suds Ensure the water supply is connected, and try pressing down the float. Reduce the detergent amount and reset the dishwasher
Control Lock (Red Indicator)Control Lock is ONDisable Control Lock by pressing the buttons for 3 seconds 
Blinking/Flashing Lights Open door, disrupted power, or Delay Start setting Shut the door if it’s open, ensure the dishwasher has power, and deselect the Delay Start function. After that, reset the dishwasher
Flashing Rinse-Only Light Stuck keys Gently press the stuck keys to release them and reset the dishwasher
Flashing Sanitize LightUnsanitized dishes (incorrect sanitization temp)Set the sanitization temperature at least 490C/1200F and reset the dishwasher
F1E1/CODE 1-1Stuck relay Reset the dishwasher and if it doesn’t work, replace the ECB 
F1E2/CODE 1– 2 Bad ECB memory Reset the dishwasher
F2E1/2-1, F3E1/3-1, or F383/3-3Stuck or faulty control panel keyCheck the control panel buttons to release any that are stuck and if they are faulty, call an expert
F4E3Dishwasher needs resetting Reset the dishwasher 
F2E2 (CODE 2-2)Dishwasher needs resettingReset the dishwasher 
F6E3Excess suds or wrong detergentUse the correct detergent. Don’t put too much of it
F6E4Unlevelled dishwasher Properly level the dishwasher 
F10E5/FAE5Completed cycle Cancel an existing process and start anew 
F6E1The dishwasher won’t startReset the dishwasher
F8E4Incorrect dishwasher installation Revisit the installation instructions to ensure the dishwasher was correctly installed 
F8E5Drain sequence Turn on the dishwasher’s water supply or power off the dishwasher
CODE H2OFailed water supply Ensure the water supply tube is connected and free from kinks

How Do You Reset KitchenAid Dishwasher?

As you might have noticed, it takes a reset to clear most KitchenAid dishwasher error codes. That’s not all; a reset can help you refresh the dishwasher memory, cancel a running cycle, fix a malfunctioning unit, and repair a fault code. 

But how do you do it? You can reset your KitchenAid dishwasher using any of these ways to repair a fault code. 

Option 1 (Basic Reset)

The basic reset is best for refreshing the dishwasher’s memory, and you can use it to clear most error codes. It requires you to turn off the dishwasher circuit breaker and unplug it (the dishwasher) for 5–10 minutes to troubleshoot a fault code. 

Then, turn on the breaker, plug in the dishwasher, power it on, and check for any fault code. The error code should clear after that. 

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Option 2 (Control Panel Reset)

The control panel reset is best for rebooting the control panel, especially when the dishwasher starts to malfunction and you don’t know why. 

That includes when the KitchenAid dishwasher won’t start and when the control panel has code problems.

Just identify the Dry and High Temp buttons on your dishwasher and press them 5 – 10 times. While at it, ensure you shut the dishwasher door firmly. 

Option 3 (Cycle Reset)

The Cycle Reset code is best for canceling an existing cycle and launching a new one. Just identify the Drain or Cancel button and long press them for a few seconds. Once the current cycle cancels, close a new one and then run it. 

People Also Ask 

1. How Do I Run a Diagnostic On My Dishwasher?

Different dishwashers have different ways of getting one diagnostic mode code. You can get the information in the manual. If you aren’t sure, inquire with your dishwasher manufacturer

2. How Should I Put a KitchenAid Dishwasher in Diagnostic Mode?

Depending on the model, there are different ways to put a KitchenAid dishwasher in diagnostic mode to access the code. You can press the first three keys thrice, Heat Dry + Normal (twice), or Rinse Only + SANI Rinse (twice) while the dishwasher is on standby.

3. Why Is My KitchenAid Dishwasher Not Working? 

Your KitchenAid dishwasher might not start because of a code issue. Issues that can contribute to a non-starting dishwasher include Sleep Mode, Delayed Wash, Control Lock setting, or code. You’ll need to deactivate the code and any of the three settings for the dishwasher to run. 

Also, check the power supply code, as the dishwasher won’t work without power.

4. How do I find the error code on my KitchenAid dishwasher?

You can find the error code on your KitchenAid dishwasher by running the diagnostic mode. Then, check the user manual to check what the errors you get mean as well as the recommended fix for the code.

5. Why does my KitchenAid dishwasher keep stopping?

The reason why your KitchenAid dishwasher keeps stopping during the cleaning cycle is a tripped circuit or a possibly faulty motor.

Notably, aging as well as the frequent use of the dishwasher can cause the components to break, damage, or wear out.

It’s best to inspect the unit regularly to make sure that every component is in good condition. If faulty, have motor code replaced to keep the unit running optimally. 

6. How do I reset my KitchenAid dishwasher code?

You can reset the KitchenAid dishwasher by pressing Energy Saver Dry + Hi-temp Scrub buttons five times.

The lights on the control panel will flash repeatedly for about 5 seconds. Then, the unit will go on a standby mode for 10 minutes to reset everything and be ready for a new cleaning/wash cycle.

7. How do I reset the control panel on my KitchenAid dishwasher?

It’s easy to reset the control panel of your KitchenAid dishwasher. Simply disconnect the unit from the power source for one minute and then put it back.

How is the diagnostic or control panel reset initiated for the Kitchenaid Dishwasher model KDFE204ESS2?

To initiate the diagnostic or control panel reset for the Kitchenaid Dishwasher model KDFE204ESS2, follow these steps:

1. Start by pressing any 3 keys in the sequence 1-2-3. Make sure there is no more than a 1-second gap between each key press.
2. Please note that some models might display “Completed” instead of the “Clean” LED.
3. After closing the dishwasher door, the Service Diagnostics Cycle will automatically begin.
4. To advance through each interval of the diagnostic cycle one at a time, press the Start/Resume key.
5. It’s important to be aware that rapid advancing might skip certain sensor checks, as these checks require two complete intervals.
6. While you are in the Diagnostic Cycle, the Start/Resume feature will be turned off, and the Start/Resume key will function as an interval advance key.
7. It’s worth mentioning that invoking the Service Diagnostics will erase all current status and last run information stored in memory, restoring the dishwasher’s settings to default.
8. Additionally, this action will force the next cycle to be a sensor calibration cycle, ensuring the correct functioning of the sensors.

Is it possible to reset the control board in a different way?

Are there any other possible causes for the dishwasher not going into diagnostics?
Excerpt_Theirs states that if all the buttons respond and the dishwasher still won’t go into diagnostics, then the control board is the only possible culprit. This suggests that there are no other potential causes for the issue.

Is it possible to reset the control board in a different way?
According to Excerpt_Theirs, there is no other way to reset the control board. The method mentioned in the excerpt is the only option.

Option 1 (For KitchenAid W10142800B, or 8572216 or W10130990C Dishwashers)
If you are wondering if there is another way to reset the control board on your KitchenAid dishwasher, let’s explore the possibilities. While Their article suggests that there is no alternative method, we can still provide you with detailed guidance on entering service mode for specific models.

For those who own the KitchenAid W10142800B, 8572216, or W10130990C dishwashers, there is a potential solution. Please follow these steps carefully:

1. Ensure that your dishwasher is in standby mode, meaning it is plugged in but not powered on.
2. Locate the Heated Dry and Normal cycle buttons on your dishwasher’s control panel.
3. Press the Heated Dry button, followed by the Normal cycle button, in quick succession.
4. Repeat the sequence by pressing the Heated Dry and Normal buttons once more, in the same order.

By following these steps, you should be able to put your dishwasher into service mode, which may help with troubleshooting or accessing diagnostic features. It’s important to note that the entire process shouldn’t take more than 6 seconds, so be sure to act swiftly once you confirm that the dishwasher is in standby mode.

While Your article provides specific instructions for entering service mode on certain KitchenAid dishwasher models, it’s worth considering Their article’ assertion that this may be the only available method. If you have attempted these steps and the control board still does not respond or allow access to diagnostics, it is likely that the control board itself is the cause of the issue.

Is there another process for rebooting the dishwasher to fix the issue?

What steps should be taken if the dishwasher won’t go into diagnostics?

Is it possible to fix the issue without replacing the control board?

What is the only possible cause of the issue?

What could be the possible culprit if all the buttons respond but the dishwasher won’t go into diagnostics?

Is there another way to reset the dishwasher to fix the issue?

If you have a KitchenAid W10142800B, 8572216, or W10130990C dishwasher and are experiencing issues, here is a specific process you can try to put it on service mode. First, ensure that your dishwasher is on standby, meaning it is plugged in but not powered on. Next, locate the Heated Dry and Normal cycle buttons. In quick succession, press these buttons in the order of Heated Dry followed by Normal. Repeat this step by pressing Heated Dry and Normal again in the same order. This should enter your dishwasher into service mode. It is important to note that this process should be completed within 6 seconds, so be swift once you confirm that the dishwasher is on standby.

While this diagnostic formula can be used to put the KitchenAid 8572216 dishwasher on service mode, there is no other alternative process mentioned. If you have tried all the buttons and the dishwasher fails to go into diagnostics, it is probable that the control board is the culprit. In such cases, the control board is likely the only possible cause of the issue.

Closing Thought

The role of a KitchenAid dishwasher diagnostic mode is simple. It will help you to determine what error your machine has so that you don’t have to second-guess what you have to do to fix a problem.

It will take roughly 20 minutes for the diagnostic to complete. And the information you get will be so valuable because it makes it possible for you to look up for the right solution for the problem at hand.