This guide addresses error codes F8E1 (same as the H2O) and F8E2, which indicate problems with water filling in your KitchenAid dishwasher.

KitchenAid Dishwasher F8E1 and F8E2 Error Codes
KitchenAid Dishwasher F8E1 and F8E2 Error Codes: Fix Them Now!

Understanding KitchenAid Dishwasher F8E1 and F8E2 Error Codes

  • F8E1: This code signifies the dishwasher isn’t receiving water during the filling cycle.
  • F8E2: This code indicates a malfunction with the fill valve, as the dishwasher isn’t detecting proper current flow during filling.

Possible Causes:

  • Water Supply Issues: A closed water tap, a clogged inlet hose filter, or low water pressure can prevent proper filling.
  • Loose Connections: Faulty or loose connections between the water inlet valve and the control board can disrupt communication.
  • Faulty Fill Valve: A malfunctioning fill valve itself might be the culprit behind the F8E2 error.
  • Drain Hose Placement: Improper drain hose positioning can create a siphoning effect, draining water meant for filling.
  • Control Board Issues: In rare cases, the main control board might be faulty.

Troubleshooting Steps:

  1. Check Water Supply: Verify that the water tap is fully open. Clean the inlet hose filter if it is clogged. Ensure water pressure is adequate (consult your user manual for specific recommendations).
  2. Inspect Connections: Make sure the connections between the water inlet valve and the control board are secure and tight. Reconnect any loose wires.
  3. Test Fill Valve: With the dishwasher unplugged, use a multimeter to measure the resistance at the fill valve connector. Compare the reading to the specified range in a table like this (replace with actual values):
Electric Part NameOhmic Value
Inlet Valve1.4 KΩ @ 120 Vac

If the measured resistance is significantly different, the fill valve might need replacement.

  1. Verify Drain Hose Placement: Ensure the drain hose is positioned correctly according to the user manual’s guidelines to prevent siphoning.

For your reference, here are some additional pointers:

  • Always consult your KitchenAid dishwasher manual for specific instructions and troubleshooting steps before attempting any repairs.
  • If you’re uncomfortable with any of the troubleshooting steps, especially those involving electrical components, seek help from a professional.

By following these steps, you should be able to identify and fix the cause of the F8E1 or F8E2 error in your KitchenAid dishwasher and get it back to sparkling clean dishes.

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