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KDSS21A KitchenAid Dishwasher - Instructions

All installation instructions for KDSS21A parts

These instructions have been submitted by other PartSelect customers and can help guide you through the dishwasher repair with useful information like difficulty of repair, length of repair, tools needed, and more.

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Door Catch part had fallen out,/ was missing

  • Customer: Terri from Saint Augustine FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 483 of 486 people found this instruction helpful
Received your parts, Popped them both right into place, Even though only one side needed to be replaced, I wanted them to match up. It was amazing how easy this was. My husband was quite impressed I had ordered these rather then look for either a new or used dryer from some other source.

roller axels were broken and wheels missing

  • Customer: Robert from Chlemsford MA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 459 of 459 people found this instruction helpful
pulled out the old broken axels and pushen in the new ones and then snapped in the wheels.

replace roller axles, wheels and silverware basket

  • Customer: William from Washington DC
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 363 of 365 people found this instruction helpful
...popped out the old in with the new...could not have been easier!

Door wouldn't latch.

  • Customer: Melody from North Las Vegas NV
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 148 of 219 people found this instruction helpful
I can't believe I waited so long to find this part and do this. I got the package very fast, opened it, took the piece to my dryer and popped it into place with my fingers. It worked perfectly! this took all of two minutes and saved me from having to hold the dryer door closed with a stick. Thank you, thank you!!!

dryer door would not stay shut

  • Customer: Pam from Woodbridge VA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 73 of 73 people found this instruction helpful
This repair was a cinch. Pliers to pull out the metal piece and a screwdriver to pry out the 'catch' part in the door. Both replacement pieces went right in. I cannot believe how easy and CHEAP this fix was, and I'm so glad I found this site!! I figured I would have to call a repairman and pay big bucks, so I put it off, but the door was getting worse--slamming it so hard to keep it shut. Again, thanks for this great site.

door kept coming open dryer shuts off

  • Customer: RONALD from SALMON ID
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 80 of 143 people found this instruction helpful
use screwdriver topry plastic out plyers to pull out metal latch put new parts in

Door won't latch

  • Customer: Jill from bellevue WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers
  • 75 of 133 people found this instruction helpful
I did NOT have to repair the latch on the actual door, just the small metal piece that it hooks on (on the dryer itself) and it took about 10 seconds to.....do it myself. Just used needle nose pliers so squeeze the piece together and fit it in. thanks

Old wheels were going away 1 by 1

  • Customer: brett from newbury pk. CA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 75 of 138 people found this instruction helpful
I took the dishtray outside to the patio and removed all the old wheels and axles. Sipped some coffee and then snapped on all the new axles and wheels. It now rolls like new even when full of dishes. I,m glad I found your website again!

Replaced the rollers on the new dishrack

  • Customer: Carol from Darien CT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 73 of 137 people found this instruction helpful
Soaked the axles in warm water and installed them, then placed the roller wheel on the axle. A no-brainer!

Bottom rack was rusty and prongs had broken off

  • Customer: Kathleen from Bergenfield NJ
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 66 of 129 people found this instruction helpful
With a very upset husband. The wheels were difficult to take off, although after he got the hang of it he stopped breaking them. I had ordered 6 wheels and axles, should have ordered 8, but the ones he didn't break we could use again. Now, the old cutlery basket from the old rack does not fit into the new rack. Today I ordered a new basket after being told the manufacturer must have changed the rack. Hoping the new basket fits the new rack.

Broken Roller Wheels and Axles

  • Customer: David from Mount Vernon NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 64 of 125 people found this instruction helpful
Removed broken axles by hand and installed new axles and wheels. The repair took less than 5 mins.

Rubber water tube had dissentagrated with age.

  • Customer: leeann from laceyville PA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 25 of 25 people found this instruction helpful
Since the old part had fallen off of the appliance, all I needed to do was reattach the new parts, by sliding the hose onto where the water comes through and then attach the hanger to the top rack of the dishwasher. It was very easy to do and required no tools and took about a minute to finish.

old rusting dish rack needed to be replaced

  • Customer: Kathleen from Burlington VT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 15 of 17 people found this instruction helpful
I replaced the rack of my old Kitchen Aid dishwasher which is AT LEAST 40 years old... maybe 50 but runs fine. I just unscrewed the wheels from the old rusty rack and attached them to the new rack and popped it in place. Very easy!

Cracked rubber water tube

  • Customer: MICHELE from northbrook IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 13 of 14 people found this instruction helpful
The first step was to read the other repair stories. The tips on using the hairdryer to "warm" up the part to make it more pliable worked like a charm. A little bit of dish washing soap on either end and just like that the repair was done. (I had to run the rinse cycle twice to get rid of the bubbles)
I pulled off the old tube, which actually had fallen off by itself, and slipped on the new one.
I probably saved $75 on a service call. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing!

Dishwasher leaked

  • Customer: mark from carthage NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 14 of 24 people found this instruction helpful
With a screwdriver I released the snaps that held the old seal on place, cleaned the area and then simply snapped the new seal in. The remarkable part for me however, is that I placed the order on December 21st @ 3PM (in way-upstate New York) and to my utter amazement it was delivered to me the very next day December 22nd @ 9AM; in plenty of time to reach my wife's deadline. Wow-Thank-You!
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