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How to Remove the Coarse Filter in KitchenAid Dishwashers

Most dishwashers have a couple of filters to help keep large amounts of food and debris from entering the pump during the wash cycle. Usually there is a coarse filter screen and a fine filter screen. Most coarse filter screens are not removable because they are molded into the bottom of the dishwasher. Some later model KitchenAid undercounter and drawer dishwashers, however, have a coarse filter cup to consolidate the larger debris that is removable for cleaning. Removing the coarse filter in KitchenAid dishwashers is a simple matter of unlocking it from the bottom of the dishwasher on the later models.


Step 1

Open the KitchenAid dishwasher door, and pull out the lower dish rack.  If you have a drawer-type dishwasher, fully extend the drawer open and pull out the rack insert.


Step 2

Find the coarse filter cup on the outside circumference of the round area below the spray arm.  It is near the top right corner.


Step 3

Turn the cap on the coarse filter cup counterclockwise with your fingers to unlock the coarse filter cup from the dishwasher.  Lift the filter cup out of the dishwasher.

Tip

  • Some KitchenAid dishwashers have a coarse filter screen that is not removable. If the coarse filter does not have a screw or locking cap, it does not remove from the dishwasher. Cleaning a non-removable coarse filter screen is a simple matter of wiping it off with a rag.

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.