Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Viking Dishwasher Fault Codes

Here are Viking Dishwasher error codes for anyone who needs them. I was visting family over Easter and the Viking dishwasher quit working - it would run a bit and then stop, with two indicator lights flashing. Inconveniently, the service guy claimed he couldn't come to fix it for two weeks. I knew these flashing lights must be error codes, but I couldn't find the error codes listed anywhere on the internet. It turns out that the fault codes are in the instruction manual for the DFUD041 and DFUD141 dishwashers, but in case anyone is looking for them online, here's a summary. One or more of the mode lights to the right of "PROG" will flash, indicating the problem:
Viking dishwasher control panel
"Heavy" (the pot) flashes - too much water in dishwasher. Contact service.
"Light china" (the wine glass) flashes - A fault with the water inlet. Make sure the water valve is open.
"Quick" (the wine glass with arrows above) flashes - valve leakage. Contact service.
"Pots/Pans" (the pot with an underline) and "Heavy" (the pot) both flash - blocked drain. Remove and clean the coarse strainer. Unscrew and clean the fine strainer. Lift out and clean the fine filter. Make sure the drain hose is not kinked. Make sure the air gap is not clogged. This picture shows the strainers and filter:
Viking dishwasher strainers

The dishwasher's problem turned out to be a blocked drain - specifically a whole almond caught in the strainer. After removing that and cleaning the filters, the dishwasher worked properly and we didn't need to wash the dishes by hand.

Hopefully this information will be helpful if your Viking dishwasher isn't running properly.

19 comments:

Laura McHugh said...

Thank you SO much for this post. You just saved me HOURS of waiting for the repair person and probably $150-200.

Laura McHugh said...

Thank you SO much for this post. You just saved me HOURS of waiting for the repair person and probably $150-200.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Drain was plugged.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. Was about to go crazy trying to figure out why the dishwasher wouldn't complete a cycle.
Very helpful!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ken! Whatever did we do before the Internet? My practically brand-new Viking dishwasher (maybe a year old) just stopped working with some odd lights blinking. I googled "viking dishwasher blink" and this blog post was the first thing that popped up. Blocked drain. The fine filter was "slimed up" (that's a technical term) with some kind of unidentified goop. 5 minutes of hand cleaning the filter with a sponge and I was back in business.

Anonymous said...

thanks bud, we thought our viking was broken and bought a new dishwasher for $1300 and happened to come across your site before taking delivery. managed to cancel the order for the dishwasher in time and now our viking is working perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Ours is flashing too! However, I cannot get the horizontal filter unscrewed!? Help! Is there a trick to this I don't get??

Ken Shirriff said...

Anonymous: I don't think there was a trick to removing the filter and the dishwasher is 200 miles away so I can't check. The steps I wrote down before are: Remove and clean the coarse strainer. Unscrew and clean the fine strainer. Lift out and clean the fine filter. Beyond that, you're on your own, unless anyone else can provide tips.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this. Sometimes it feels like Viking makes it very hard to find such valuable information for their customers.

Grampee said...

What about when both the "Pots and Pans" and "Normal" cycle lights are flashing?

Mike B said...

I have the same lights flashing,Pots and Pans,and Normal cycle.I cleaned both filters,sill the same. Any answers?

Mf said...

I cleaned both filters I hate this dishwasher and on top of that it never drys dishes at all

Liefman said...

Thank you so much for your post. the inner screen was totally white and obviously inpenetrable.

Thank you again

Jason said...

My "light China" light flashes....Which is the water inlet. Valves are open, warm water in the bottom of the dishwasher but I can hear it start filing then stop. Any Ideas??

Christopher Ebbin said...

My light china blinks all the time as well. I can her it filling with water, then it would drain after washing for about 15 minutes, then it would just stop and e dishes aren't even finished washing.. and also, the water doesnt seem as hot either when I open the door. After it stops after the first round I open it nd the light china along with faint lights of the other settings are blinking.

Anonymous said...

Anyone with ideas please help... I realize there aren't any blogs since January... @jason.. Did you ever find any solution?

Ken Shirriff said...

Hi Christopher! Unfortunately I don't know anything beyond "light china" indicates "water inlet". Do you have good hot water pressure?

Anonymous said...

I've got both the "Pots and Pans" and "Normal" cycle lights are flashing as well. I pulled out filters and cleaned everything. Now I can't get lights to stop flashing. No way is line kinked. I can't believe I bought a Viking dishwasher. Never again. I'm still working and will post if I find some success.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone help me? I have the Viking DFB450. During the last 2 cycles, it started making a loud noise at about 20 minutes into the cycle. Today I ran a cycle with no dishes inside. At 20 minutes, the loud noise started. So the problem isn't related to how dishes are loaded...and I heave no idea what is causing the problem and how to make it stop.