Video: How I fixed my Kitchenaid KDS-21 — with help from Automaticwasher.org

The fixit for my vintage Kitchenaid KDS-21 dishwasher — “the last of the great Kitchenaids” — my “Hurricane in a Box” — was easy peasy — I had an answer in 10 minutes — yes: 10 minutes — once I asked the right people: the Imperial-forum experts at Automaticwasher.org. Watch my video — just  2 minutes long — to see the fix and hear a bit o’ the Hurricane! Thank you, Automaticwasherites, and especially, @toploader55!

  1. Dr. Charles Lynn says:

    I had to finally replace a 1966 GE “automatic dishwasher” after 51 years of marvelous service. The installer of the new GE said flat out: “don’t expect more than 10 years – TOPS – on this one!” I still have 2 yellow wall mounted GE refrigerators that need TLC and a good home! Hate to see them go to a landfill..

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Cheryl, each time I get a newer energy efficient dishwasher, it has a longer cycle than the old one. I think that’s because they use less water and rinse the dishes more gently. If you are blasting hundreds of gallons of super-heated water under pressure on the dishes, they get clean faster. But I do appreciate that the new ones save energy and are gentler on my good dishes.

  3. Rick G says:

    This is what it’s all about – Finding that missing piece of the puzzle and getting to enjoy it !!! Super nice machine Pam , it must have been great to get it up & running – If your going to clean dishes, why not do it in style !!!

  4. Katie says:

    Hi Pam! My husband and I just purchased a pristine 1961 ranch with one owner, and it has a very similar KitchenAid dishwasher that appears to also have a removable front panel. Have you switched the panel out? Was it a tough job? Thanks, I’m looking forward to putting the great ideas on your site to work after years of drooling over mid century homes!

  5. Pam Kueber says:

    Hi Katie, congrats! We decided to stick with the white panel. So, I don’t have any experience with trying to switch it out.

  6. Margaret says:

    We are using the Chambers double ovens (electric) that came with our house. Had them worked on a few times over the last 24 years but they do work. They will be tossed shortly for Thermador when we gut the kitchen. Hate to see them go,

  7. Jennifer says:

    Pam, you’re a bad influence 🙂 Last night I found a KitchenAid Superba 21 online for FREE. We jumped on it. It’s not hooked up yet, but it’s a beauty! Can’t wait to try it. Though I do worry about our white bone china dishes in it.

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