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Kitchenaid Dishwasher Error Codes

Kitchenaid Dishwasher Error Code 8-1 or F8E1

When your KitchenAid dishwasher displays Error Code 8-1 or F8E1, it is indicating a “Slow Drain” issue. This means that the dishwasher is detecting a delay in draining water from the system, possibly due to an obstruction or a malfunction in the drain pump.

Possible Causes:

  1. Obstruction in the Drain Path:

    Debris, food particles, or foreign objects may be blocking the drain path, impeding the smooth flow of water.

  2. Wiring Issues with the Drain Pump:

    The wiring connected to the drain pump may be damaged, affecting the pump’s ability to function properly.

Troubleshooting Steps:

  1. Shut off Power and Water:

    Turn off the power to the dishwasher and then shut off the water supply to ensure safety during troubleshooting.

  2. Inspect the Drain Path:

    Examine the drain path for any visible obstructions. This includes checking the drain hose, air gap (if applicable), and the dishwasher’s sump area.

  3. Clear Obstructions:

    If obstructions are found, carefully remove them. Ensure that the drain path is free from debris or any hindrances.

  4. Check Drain Pump Wiring:

    Inspect the wiring connected to the drain pump. Look for any signs of damage, wear, or loose connections. If issues are detected, repair or replace the wiring as needed.

  5. Replace the Drain Pump:
    • If the drain path is clear, and the wiring is intact, yet the error persists, it may indicate a faulty drain pump.
    • Consider replacing the drain pump with a new one to restore proper drainage.

While the provided steps cover basic troubleshooting, dealing with complex dishwasher components requires expertise. If you encounter challenges during the process or if the error persists, it is recommended to seek professional assistance.

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