How to Drain a KitchenAid Dishwasher

Dishwashers are major time savers in the kitchen, and we often take them for granted until they stop working. If your KitchenAid dishwasher is not draining correctly and is not covered by a warranty, try troubleshooting the problem yourself to resolve it without spending time and money on a service appointment. Service appointments are often booked up to two weeks in advance, so if you can fix your dishwasher yourself, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

Fix your KitchenAid dishwasher drain before the dirty dishes pile up.

Step 1

Press the "Cancel/Drain" button on your KitchenAid dishwasher after the Clean light comes on to manually drain the standing water out of your dishwasher. Allow two minutes for the drain cycle to run.

Step 2

Turn on your kitchen sink and run your garbage disposal system for 30 seconds, then restart your KitchenAid dishwasher. If your dishwasher drain is connected to your garbage disposal, a clogged garbage disposal will block your dishwasher drain.

Step 3

Look underneath your kitchen sink to make sure that your KitchenAid dishwasher's drain hose has a loop in it that touches the bottomside of your kitchen counter before it connects to your sink drain or garbage disposal system.

Step 4

Replace your KitchenAid dishwasher's drain hose if it has a kink in it.

Step 5

Remove the knockout plug from your garbage disposal system if your KitchenAid dishwasher's drain hose is connected to your garbage disposal. Unscrew the dishwasher's drain hose from the garbage disposal system and remove the knockout plug from the inlet on the side of the disposal with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Screw the drain hose back in, and restart your KitchenAid dishwasher.