How to Reset KitchenAid Dishwasher?

KitchenAid is one of the most reliable and trusted home appliances brand. Its dishwashers are famous for their high-end performances and sleek designs. Just like every other electrical appliance, sometimes these dishwashers also stop working overtime. They may not clean the dishes properly due to improper drainage and filtration. So, you will have to reset them. Other than this, to change dishwasher’s settings, you have to reset it also.

Now the question arises, how can you reset your KitchenAid dishwasher? There are some simplest and easiest ways to reset the dishwasher. Moreover, these methods are also not time-consuming. Here are a few effective resetting methods for your KitchenAid dishwasher.

  • Simple Resetting
  • Cycle Resetting
  • Control Panel Resetting

Look at the details of these resetting methods to reboot your KitchenAid dishwasher quickly without any professional help.

How to Reset KitchenAid Dishwasher?

KitchenAid dishwasher

Simple Resetting

Sometimes, due to a power outage, your dishwasher stops working. This issue can be resolved by simply rebooting the dishwasher. It will reset the previous settings on the dishwasher, and your dishwasher will start working perfectly again.

Follow the below-mentioned steps to reset the KitchenAid dishwasher.

  • Turn off the power supply by shutting down the circuit breaker.
  • Unplug the dishwasher.
  • Wait for approximately 5 minutes after unplugging the dishwasher.
  • Plugin the dishwasher back into the power supply
  • Turn on the circuit breaker and press the power button of the dishwasher.

This is the simplest way to reboot the dishwasher. If this method doesn’t work, there could be another problem with your dishwasher.

Cycle Resetting

Besides simple resetting, if you only have to reset your dishwasher cycle, follow the given steps.

  • You have to press and hold the “Cancel” and “Cancel Drain” buttons for approximately 3-5 seconds.
  • After releasing these buttons, your dishwasher cycle will reset.
  • Now you can select your desired cycle and start dishwashing.

Control Panel Resetting

If the methods mentioned above don’t work for you, you will have to reset the control panel of your dishwasher. Before resetting the control panel, you should close the dishwasher’s door tightly. Now, you have to press at least two buttons present on the dishwasher’s front panel.

Also, remember that you should press these buttons five times each at least. However, some KitchenAid dishwashers can reset after pressing the buttons four times each. But it’s best to press the buttons five times. You have to press the following buttons in the same sequence.

  • High Temp
  • High Temp Scrub/High Temp Wash
  • Heated Dry
  • Energy Savor Dry/Air Dry Button

These buttons may vary depending upon the model of your dishwasher. But you should press at least two of these buttons five times to reset the control panel.

After pressing these buttons, LED will blink up on the control panel. It means that the dishwasher is going through the self-diagnostic phase. It will take 2-3 minutes, so never interrupt the dishwasher in between the diagnostic cycle. In this phase, the dishwasher performs pump draining and other similar functions.

Start a drain cycle after the self-diagnostic process by pressing the Cancel or Cancel Drain buttons. The drain cycle will last 2 minutes. Now, you can start your desired cycle with your preferred settings.

Final Words…

Resetting the KitchenAid dishwasher will help fix drainage or leakage issues caused by any interruption in the dishwashing cycle. After reading our guidelines, you can now reset your dishwasher quite easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there any reset button present on the KitchenAid dishwasher?

No, you will not find any reset button on your KitchenAid dishwasher. Instead, you can reset it by pressing and holding the Cancel and Cancel Drain buttons for 3-5 seconds. Your dishwasher will reboot this way, and you can start a new cycle according to your need.

2. How can you reset the blinking light on the KitchenAid dishwasher?

If the light blinks on your KitchenAid dishwasher, you can fix it by resetting the dishwasher. For this purpose, you have to press the “High Temp Wash” button and the “Heated Dry” button consecutively four times by following High Temp Wash at the end. When lights on the control panel turn solid, it means your dishwasher is reset now.

3. Why does the KitchenAid dishwasher need resetting?

Your KitchenAid dishwasher needs to reboot or reset due to following reasons.

4. What happens when you reset the KitchenAid dishwasher?

After pressing your reset button sequence, you will see some lights flashing on the display panel of the dishwasher. You will also hear some whirring sounds. Now leave the appliance for a few minutes before pressing any other button. After 5 minutes, you can start your desired cycle and set your dishwasher just like you want.


  • Stephen Powers

    Appliance repair guy from Washington. I am majorly experienced in dishwashers, water filters and refrigerators, AMA on my twitter account.

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