Amana dishwasher troubleshooting

A dishwasher can face many malfunctions. Understanding the various signs of problems will help you detect the cause of the breakdown. Check the table for details.

Amana ABD1500AWQ dishwasher troubleshooting

Dishwasher will not fill• Press the START/Cancel pad to start the dishwasher.
• Be sure door is latched securely.
• Be sure the water is turned on.
• Check that the pad is properly selected for a cycle.
• Check your home's circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Check inlet hose for a kink.
• Check water valve inlet for sediment and clean if necessary.
Dishwasher will not drain/ Water in tub bottom• If hooked up to a food waste disposer, be sure the knock-out is removed from the disposer inlet
• Check for food obstruction in the drain or disposer.
• Check drain hose for a kink.
• Check your home's circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Check that the cycle is completed.
Dishwasher adds water at end of cycle• This is normal. The sensor (select models) in the pump must stay submerged so a short fill of water is added after the cycle's last drain.
Detergent cup is not empty• Check that the cycle is completed.
• Be sure dispenser is not blocked.
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool, dry place.
Dishwasher seems noisy• A water valve hiss during fill is normal.
• Water circulation sounds are normal.
• A thumping sound may be a wash arm bumping an item that is extending beyond the racks. Readjust load to avoid obstructing wash arm.
• Chopping or grinding sounds may be heard as the internal food disposer chops hard items like fruit seeds, nuts, etc.
• Humming during the drain is normal.
• A snap noise is the detergent cup lid hitting the door liner when the dishwasher door is opened at the end of the cycle. This is normal.
• Proper installation affects the noise level.
Cycle takes too long (Heating light stays on)• High Temp or Sanitize has been selected and the cycle is extended to heat water.
• Check to see that the incoming water temperature is 120° F (49° C).
Dishwasher has an odor• Run dishes being held in the dishwasher through a Rinse Only cycle.
• Many dishwashers have a “new" smell when first installed. This will dissipate with use.
• Dishwasher may not be draining properly.
• For a strong odor, place baking soda in both sides of the detergent cup. Select Light Wash cycle and allow the water to circulate for about 10 minutes. Interrupt the cycle by unlatching the door and let it stand overnight. Restart the dishwasher by latching the door and allow it to complete the cycle. Another alternative is to use a dishwasher cleaning product such as Jet-Dry Dishwasher Cleaner.
Dishwasher leaks• Check that the dishwasher is level.
• Suds can cause the dishwasher to overflow. Measure the detergent carefully and use only detergents designed for use in a dishwasher. Less detergent is needed in soft water. Try another brand of detergent if sudsing continues.
• Follow directions closely on how to add a forgotten item.
• To avoid rinse aid leaking from the dispenser, be sure the lid is securely attached.
Display time suddenly drops or increases by several minutes (select models)• This is normal when the Auto Clean (select models) or Normal Wash cycle is selected and the dishwasher decides to skip or add a drain and refill.
Indicator lights flashing• The countdown display (select models) flashes after a cycle is selected until the START/Cancel pad is pressed.
• The countdown display (select models) and the delay indicator flash after a delay is selected until the START/Cancel pad is pressed.
• All active display indicators flash if the door is opened during a running cycle or delay.
• The currently selected cycle flashes if an attempt is made to change the cycle after cycle “lock-in".
• The lock indicator flashes and the countdown display (selected models) flashes an “L" if a pad is pressed while the control lock is enabled.
Glasses are cloudy/spotted• Select Extra Rinse (select models).
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Always use a rinse aid.
• Confirm that the cloudiness is removable by soaking the item in white vinegar for approximately 5 minutes. If removed, the problem is due to hard water. Adjust detergent amount being used to match water hardness. Be sure detergent is fresh, stored properly and is a high quality brand.
• If cloudiness is not removable, it is etching. This is an erosion of the surface of the glassware and can be caused by water that is too hot from using too much detergent or by prewashing. Detergent needs food soil to act upon. If etching has occurred, the glassware is permanently damaged. To prevent further etching, adjust the detergent amount to match the water hardness, stop prewashing, and use water heating options only when incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).
Food soil remains on dishes• Check water temperature.
• Run hot water at the sink before starting the dishwasher.
• Select High Temp option.
• Check water hardness and adjust detergent amount accordingly .
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool dry place.
• Select proper cycle for the soil level .
• Make sure the upper rack wash arm connector is correctly aligned in one of the water inlet holes .
• Load items so they do not block the wash arms .
• Load the utensil basket with knife handles up and spoon and fork handles down through the slots in the covers.
• Do not place glasses over tines.
• Prior to loading, scrape off burnt on foods and wipe the starchy film from utensils used with pasta, rice and oatmeal. These soils require more energy than the rest of the load to clean.
Items washed in the dishwasher or the dishwasher tub itself are stained/ discolored• Aluminum utensils or pans can leave marks when they rub against other items. Leave a slight space between items.
• Iron deposits in the water can leave a yellow, brown or orange film on dishes or the dishwasher tub. A rust filter may be needed, check with a water treatment company.
• Separate silver or silver-plated silverware from stainless steel. These metals can be damaged by contact with each other during washing.
• Color from tomato sauces may adhere to the interior parts of the dishwasher . If light staining has occurred, leave the door open to oxidize the stain away. Change dishwasher detergent and be sure to use a dishwasher detergent that contains chlorine to better fight staining.
• Certain dishwasher detergents may stain silver. Try another brand of detergent.
Items not properly dried/ moisture is present on the dishwasher interior after the dry cycle• Be sure Heated Dry is selected.
• Water droplets may form on the inner door as part of the drying process.
• Use a rinse aid separate from the detergent like Jet Dry* or Cascade Rinse Aid* regularly, to improve drying. Turn the rinse aid selector toward the MAX setting.
• Check water temperature.
• Select Sanitize.
• Increase detergent amount to match water hardness .
• Load properly
• Plastic and items with non-stick surfaces are difficult to dry because they have a porous surface which tends to collect water droplets. Towel diying may be necessary.
• Glasses and cups with concave bottoms hold water and require towel drying. Locate these items on the more slanted side of the rack for improved results.
Dishware is chipped• Load dishes according to instructions so they do not strike each other .
• Washing fine antique china/crystal in the dishwasher is not recommended.
• Do not load glasses over the tines.
• Do not overload.
Sanitized light does not illuminate at the end of the cycle (select models)• Sanitize was not selected.
• Sanitization can only be achieved with the Auto Clean. Heavy Wash. Normal Wash or Light Wash cycles.
• Sanitization may not be achieved if there is an interruption of the cycle, power failure or if incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).
Dishwasher door will not close• Be sure adjustable racks (select models) are property adjusted to upper or lower position.

Amana ADB-2, ADB3500AW, ADB2500AW dishwasher troubleshooting

Does not start. (Dishwasher doesn’t run)• Make sure the door is latched and closed completely. Make sure the upper rack is property joined with the duct nozzle. Also, make sure the upper rack is properly assembled with no imbalances.
• Make sure the door is latched and closed completely. Press START before closing the door.
• Make sure the dishwasher is turned on and the door is closed completely. Make sure the power cord is property plugged into the wall outlet.
• Make sure the power cord is connected property.
• Make sure the water supply is connected property and the water is turned on.
• The control panel may be locked. Make sure Control Lock is not activated.
• A cycle may not be selected. Make sure a cycle is selected.
• A circuit breaker is open. Reset the circuit breaker.
• A fuse is blown. Replace the fuse. Disconnect any other appliances sharing the same circuit with the dishwasher.
Has odors.• Apply detergent, and run the Normal cycle with no dishes inside.
• Water remains from an incomplete cycle. Apply detergent without loading dishes, and run the Normal cycle to clean the dishwasher.
• The drain hose is obstructed. Contact a qualified service technician to remove any obstruction from the drain hose.
• The dishwasher is not being used daily, or soiled dishes are left in the dishwasher too long. With the dishwasher empty and no detergent, place a glass with 8 ounces of vinegar upright into the lower rack, and then run a Normal cycle.
Water remains after a cycle has finished.• The drain hose is bent or clogged. Contact a qualified service technician to remove any obstruction from the drain hose.
Food particles remain on dishes. (Not cleaning properly.)• An incorrect cycle was selected. Select a cycle according to the soil level of the dishes as directed in this manual.
• No dishwasher detergent or not enough detergent is being used. Use an automatic dishwasher detergent (powder or gel type) or use more detergent.
• The water pressure is low. The water pressure must be between 20-120 psi (140 - 830 kPa).
• The dishes are improperly loaded. Rearrange the dishes so they have good water access and they do not interfere with the spray arm and dispenser operation. Load only an appropriate number of dishes. Load the dishes as recommended.
• The water temperature is low. Connect the water supply line to a hot water supply. For best performance, the temperature of the supplied water should be 120 °F (49 °C).
The water is too hard. For hard water
• Use a commercial dishwasher cleaner.
• Use high-quality, fresh detergent with rinse aid.
• Make sure large items such as cookie sheets, cutting boards, or containers, etc. are not blocking the detergent dispenser and preventing it from opening properly.
• Rearrange the dishes so they do not interfere with detergent dispenser operation.
• There is no rinse aid. Check the dispenser and add rinse aid. Use liquid type rinse aid.
• Rearrange the dishes so they do not interfere with nozzle rotation and detergent dispenser operation.
• Prior to loading, scrape food from dishes.
Does not dry dishes well.• Not enough or no rinse aid is used. Check the dispenser and add rinse aid, and check the rinse aid setting.
• Glasses and cups with concave bottoms hold water, causing water to spill when you unload. After a cycle finishes, unload the lower rack first and then the upper, this will prevent water spilling from the upper rack onto the dishes in the lower rack.
• The water temperature is low. Connect the water supply line to a hot water supply and use rinse aid with the Sanitize option.
• Too many dishes have been loaded. Proper loading of items can affect drying.
Load dishes as recommended.
• When drying is complete, try touching inside the dishwasher and the loaded dishes.
If any of these does not feel warm, call for service.
Is too noisy.• Make sure that the dishwasher is level.
• Sound is generated when the dispenser cover is open and the drain pump is operating during an early stage. This is normal.
• Foreign material (screws, pieces of plastic, etc.) is in the pump chamber. Contact a qualified service technician to remove foreign material from the pump chamber.
• Utensils are not secure, or small objects have dropped into the basket. Make sure everything is secured in the dishwasher.
• The motor may hum if the dishwasher has not been used regularly. If you do not use it often, remember to set it to fill and pump out every week, which will help keep the seal moist.
There is yellow or brown film on the inside of the dishwasher.Caused by coffee and tea soils.
• Use a cycle with a higher temperature.
• Remove the soils using a spot cleaner.
• Use a solution of 1/2 cup of bleach and 3 cups warm water to remove the stains by hand.
A To avoid bums, after a cycle, wait for 20 minutes to let the heating elements cool down before cleaning the interior.
Film on glasses.• The water supplied is soft, and too much detergent is being used. Underload the dishwasher and use a rinse aid to minimize this.
• Aluminum dishes have been included in the load. Remove the marks on the dishes using
Does not have any indicators lit.• The power cord may not be connected. Connect the power cord.
• Dishes are blocking the nozzle. After placing the dishes into the racks, rotate the nozzles by hand to check whether any of the dishes interfere with them.
White coating on cutlery or crockery.Hard water is being supplied.
• Make sure the salt fill indicator and softener setting of your water softener is correct according to the water hardness of your area.
• Make sure the salt reservoir cap is correctly fitted.
An operation or cycle takes too long.• Cold water is being supplied. Make sure the water supply line is connected to a hot water supply. (Additional time is required to heat cold water.)
Suds in the tub.Improper detergent is being used.
• Use only dishwasher detergent to avoid suds.
• Open the dishwasher and let the suds evaporate.
• Add 1 gallon of cold water to the tub. Close and latch the dishwasher, then start the Quick+ cycle to drain the water. Repeat if necessary.
• Rinse aid may have spilled. Always wipe up spills immediately.
Water standing in the bottom of the tub.• This is normal. A small amount of clean water around the outlet on the tub bottom keeps the water seal lubricated.
Stained tub interior.• Detergent with colorant is used. Make sure that the detergent does not have colorant.
Steam.• This is normal. Steam comes through the vent by the door latch during drying and water draining.
Buttons do not work.Control Lock is activated.
• Buttons do not work when Control Lock is activated.
• To deactivate, hold down the Sanitize button for 3 seconds.