I have a Kitchenaid dishwasher, this one, to be exact. It’s about a year and a half old.
Starting three days ago, I’ve starting having this weird issue where it sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t. The first day, it filled up with water, but just doesn’t didn’t seem to clean anything when I opened it up in the morning. I thought, hey, maybe I forgot to set it. So I put it through another run. It started up, filled up with water, and then it just seemed to sit there and stew for a couple hours. All the lights indicated to me normal operation, but I did not hear the usual swish-swash of water within it. Hmmm…
When I opened it, there was hot water in it, and water had obviously condensed and gotten the dishes wet, but I don’t think any of the “sprinklers” or whatever you call them did anything.
I cleaned out the mesh trap, checked the float, ran it again, and this time it seemed to work.
OK, so I thought I’m good to go.
Yesterday afternoon, next use, I go to run it. Same sort of thing happens. I hear water being drawn in, some motorized sounds, and then it sits for a couple hours, stewing warm, and goes into a drain cycle at the end.
Huh. So I clean it out again. Still doesn’t seem to be doing anything. So I reset the washer by cutting power to it for a minute. I select a manual mode for washing “regular clean” instead of the “Pro Wash” mode I normally use, and let it run overnight. In the morning, I’m greeted to a white light, indicating that it ran through its entire cycle and is finished, and I have nothing but dirty and damp (assuming from condensation) dishes. Before running out the door this morning, I pop in one more pod and run it.
Now it’s working again. Chugging along just fine. I hear all the normal water splashing noises and everything.
What in the heck could possibly be going on here? This is my first dishwasher in my life, so I’m not super familiar with these things. Is there anything obvious I’m missing?