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Need bottom of door gasket for KDI-18
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Post# 1035430   6/15/2019 at 21:54 by Pliney (North Carolina)        

Can I buy from someone or can you point me to where to find a gasket for my KDI - 18 Imperial? I decided to replace my KA Custom 21 that kept trying to drain with this one I was given as a back up. Unfortunately, once we got it hooked up, water started coming out the bottom of the door. A quick search found a broken blue gasket. I checked my Custom 21 and a slightly newer Kitchen aid and 2 other ISE machines I have for back up and they don't have gaskets. I guess the design is just slightly different that they don't need one? In any case, I tried removing the gasket completely with more water coming out. So I'd love to find a replacement. The other question is, what is the best way to install it? Through the side where you can just see the hinge mechanism without taking anything a part or by taking the whole door a part. I broke the gasket further when I removed it, so I'm guessing it may not be that easy to put a new one in. It's a great machine, looks hardly used so I'd love to get it running. Otherwise, I guess it's on to the slightly newer KA and hope it works.

Post# 1035744 , Reply# 1   6/19/2019 at 22:03 by Pliney (North Carolina)        
Do I really need a gasket after all?

Update: I realized today I had forgotten to put the bottom washer arm back in after washing up the machine. So when I tried running a batch with the arm in, it didn't leak. I'm hoping that maybe I don't even need a gasket, though I did find some available at some random stores on line. I looked at the door design of my other two vintage KitchenAid dishwashers and 2 ISEs I have and all of them have the same door design with no gasket. Did Kitchenaid decide to do away with the gasket from the 18 to the 21 which I have that doesn't have a gasket? I'm hoping that if it doesn't leak now, and my Custom 21 never did, that it never will. Should I be worried running it without a gasket? Thanks.

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Post# 1035746 , Reply# 2   6/19/2019 at 22:06 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Running with the lower spray arm off can definitely cause a leak through the air vent at bottom of the door .... the water from the pump flume spews outward toward the vent instead of upward through the arm spray holes.

Post# 1035747 , Reply# 3   6/19/2019 at 22:35 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Kitchenaid sporadically installed lower gaskets on their 18-20 dishwashers. Some have them, others do not. One of my 2 KDS-18s has one and my KDS-19 has one. Unsure about 21+ series dishwashers as reversing motors and singles rinses don't appeal to me.

The lower washarm most definitely needs to be in place for proper leak free operation as well as a proper functioning wash arm and upper wash arm support. There should also be two clips at the front corners of the lower rack to prevent leaks. I use 19+ series clips as they're larger and do a better job shielding water away from the lower corners of the door (most likely areas to leak on these dishwashers).

Cute girl.

Post# 1036211 , Reply# 4   6/23/2019 at 19:44 by Pliney (North Carolina)        

Thank you for the reassurance. It's been working great! Love the 20 minute wash!

Post# 1038264 , Reply# 5   7/14/2019 at 21:15 by Pliney (North Carolina)        
Machine now stuck in drain mode

After about a month of good use, the machine suddenly is stuck in drain mode, trying to drain through the whole cycle. It did run through the cycle because the soap door opened. And at the end of the cycle it shut off. Any ideas where to start to try to diagnose this? It looked barely used when I put it in, but I realize it is still an old machine and parts can wear out with time.

Post# 1038273 , Reply# 6   7/14/2019 at 22:10 by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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Sounds to me like a solenoid is stuck.  Between that and a weird timer problem (which I can't quite get my head around), the solenoid would be the lesser of the two, I think.

Post# 1038318 , Reply# 7   7/15/2019 at 10:38 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
KDI-18 Stuck In Drain Mode

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Most likely something stuck in the valve holding it open, most likely a piece of broken glass, a tooth pick, or small piece of plastic etc.

Remove the DV and inspect [ can you blow through it ?, it should always be closed ]

Then disassemble and clear, it could have a bad rubber valve seal, in which case replace the valve, a stuck solenoid is very unlikely, replace the valve if so.

John L.

Post# 1038328 , Reply# 8   7/15/2019 at 12:37 by Pliney (North Carolina)        

Thank you for the suggestions. I'll try looking at the DV (I'm assuming that means drain valve) but can you tell me where it is at? Do I get at it from inside the dishwasher or from underneath? Is it where the drain hose hooks into the machine? Thanks, Melissa

Post# 1038357 , Reply# 9   7/15/2019 at 17:44 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Drain valve=DV,  Under the machine, And yes.


Let us know what you find.


John L.

Post# 1038370 , Reply# 10   7/15/2019 at 20:20 by Pliney (North Carolina)        

Thank you very much. I'll report back soon.

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