Kitchenaid Superba Selectra 21 - Dishwasher Model

by P. Wilson
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Kitchenaid Whisper Quiet Superba Selectra 21 - Dishwasher Model # KDSS-21AC or #KDSS-21A. We've had this dishwasher for over 5 years and it's been OK till recently.


The LCD display panel shows "PF" (power failure) between the water heating time period and the first wash cycle. Sometimes it shows up later in the sequence of events. This happens almost everytime we run the machine.

I've searched everywhere for the manual, which obviously isn't present to answer my problem. There's no information anywhere, on the WEB, about this model or the manual.

There is a parts dealer/ advisor site but that too is limited, their listed manual dosn't include my model type.

Does anyone have a manual for this machine, or where I can buy one, or download it?

It's quit obvious that repair facilities, in Toronto, are very much available. I just don't like the $300 - $600 service repair bills for a $1000.00 machine, that's starting to cause problems.

Would appreciate any feedback.

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Mar 31, 2016
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Use "cancel drain" option to clear pad.
by: Smith

Just use "cancel drain" option to clear the led pad (with the door lock engaged).

Aug 12, 2011
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Owner's manual
by: Ben

I have just replaced My KDSS-21A D/W. I have the manual for it and you may have it. e-mail me your address and I will mail it to you.My e-mail address is benji598@aol.com

Mar 09, 2011
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"8" in indplay
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same problem. Cannot find any help on internet.

Sep 18, 2010
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PF Problem
by: Dave

I found a user manual online but it hasn't helped. My problem is a constant "8" in the display after a power failure. If I keep trying (unplug/plug) it eventually, sometimes, gives me a "PF" and I can reset. Nowhere can I find what the 8 means or how to force a reset.

Any ideas out there??

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