Long Cycle Times on KitchenAid Dishwasher
Dishwasher cycle time is anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours long. The time depends on several factors, including cycle selection, water temperature, dirtiness of the dishes, and if heat dry was selected.
Cycles and Modifiers
Energy efficiency is gained by extending cycle time and reducing the amount of wattage and water used during the dishwasher's cycle. Efficient dishwashers run longer to save water and energy, just as driving a car slower saves on gas. If you need your dishes done sooner, you can use the 1-hour wash cycle. Using the 1-hour wash cycle will reduce drying performance and energy efficiency.
Review your dishwasher's cycle guide for estimated time.
How Dirty are the Dishes?
The dishwasher "senses" wash water quality during a series of pauses in the wash cycle. The sensor monitors water temperature and the amount of soil and detergent appearing in the wash cycle for the best wash. Lightly soiled dishes use less water and energy. Heavily soiled dishes will get more water and increased temperature and wash time. This dishwasher will automatically adjust the sensor approximately once a year to your water quality.
To minimize cycle time, run the hot water faucet at the sink closest to the dishwasher until the water is hot; as part of normal operation, the dishwasher pauses two or three times during the cycle to heat the water to the proper cleaning temperature. Once the temperature is met, the cycle will advance. Having hot water enter the dishwasher right when the cycle begins can eliminate the need for long heating pauses, decreasing the time it takes to complete the cycle.
The water should be 120°F as it enters the dishwasher for best results. Loads may not wash as well if the water temperature is too low. Water that is too hot can make some soils harder to remove and cause certain detergent ingredients not to function.
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