How to Troubleshoot Water Standing in the Bottom of a KitchenAid Dishwasher

Founded in 1919, KitchenAid is a subsidiary of the Whirlpool Corporation, which is known for their reliable kitchen appliances. KitchenAid offers a line of built-in dishwashers with multiple cleaning cycle options. If your KitchenAid dishwasher experiences a minor malfunction, it may fail to drain properly. Standing water in the bottom of a KitchenAid dishwasher may be caused by an incomplete cleaning cycle, or a kinked or obstructed drain hose. Fortunately, troubleshooting this type of dishwasher problem takes just minutes.

Step 1

Close the dishwasher door and press the "Start/Resume" button.

Step 2

Turn off the electrical supply to the KitchenAid dishwasher at your circuit breaker box. Locate the circuit breaker switch that corresponds to the dishwasher and flip it to the "Off" position.

Step 3

Take off the bottom toe panel underneath the dishwasher door to access the drain hose. Remove the two screws that attach the panel to the dishwasher. Locate the dishwasher drain hose, which is a rubber hose roughly 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Examine the hose for kinks or twists. Place a pan under the drain hose to catch any water that might spill out.

Step 4

Disconnect the drain hose from the dishwasher pump. Squeeze the wire clamp at the pump end of the hose with pliers. Slide the clamp down the length of the hose to get it out of the way. Pull the drain hose free of the dishwasher pump. Pinch the wire clamp at the other end to disconnect it from the sink. Hold one end of the hose to your faucet and run hot water through it to clear any obstructions. Reverse the disassembly process to reattach both ends of the drain hose.

Step 5

Restore power to your KitchenAid dishwasher. Flip the corresponding circuit breaker switch to the "On" position.

Step 6

Press the "Cancel/Drain" button on the control console on the dishwasher door.