I have a KitchenAid KDTM354DSS4 Dishwasher. Today we went to run it and it wouldn't fill up with water. I filled it with water manually and it washes just fine.

I looked at the fill valve and unscrewed the water inlet to see if it was clogged. It didn't appear to be. I had a hard time completely removing the inlet valve. I couldn't get the power connector off and the black hose was also really difficult to remove.

Here is a video of the inlet valve operating (it has audio) when I set the cycle to "rinse only". Someone may know from the clicks and sounds whether the valve is working properly.

One other detail that I don't know is related or not: I recently flushed my hot water heater. We did get some of the sediment come through the lines. In retrospect I should have shut the water off to areas like the dishwasher, washing machine, etc.

hot water to dishwasher power connector enter image description here

  • was there any debris on the filter after the hose connector before the inlet valve? Commented Mar 5 at 2:34
  • did you remove the hose and verify free water flow before it gets to the dishwasher? Commented Mar 5 at 2:34
  • I didn't see any debris. No I didn't verify free water flow before it gets to the dishwasher. I need to do that.
    – drfence
    Commented Mar 5 at 2:48
  • was there a little screen before the valve after the hose connection? I had a piece of solder make its way into the valve and prevent it from running that was 15 years ago though and there must not have been a screen before the valve on mine. Commented Mar 5 at 2:51
  • Yes there was a screen.
    – drfence
    Commented Mar 5 at 15:10

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You said "I filled it with water manually and it washes just fine."

If cleaning the screen and flushing out the water supply line doesn't work, this could be a control issue. Meaning, the unit may not be ready to begin a new cycle for one reason or another- thus not calling for water on the valve. Try putting the water in it manually again, then hit cancel/drain. Do this a few times, and see if it resets your control. Then try a small load of dishes on a quick wash cycle to see if it works.

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