How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Dishwasher

Maytag dishwashers come in several different models with varying features. The line offers dishwashers designed for quiet operation, extra-large loads and powerful motors to get rid of stubborn stuck-on food. But whatever model you choose, you may encounter an issue with your dishwasher that prevents it from performing properly. While some problems require professional service, you may be able to troubleshoot some issues yourself so you can get back to sparkling dishes and glasses as soon as possible.

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Troubleshoot your dishwasher beginning with the simple problems and working up to the more complex.

Not Running

Check that the door is firmly closed and latched -- a Maytag dishwasher won't start if anything blocks the door from closing completely. If the start-resume light blinks, press its button and close the door securely within 4 seconds. Verify that you have selected a cycle, such as auto, normal or quick, that suits the load in it, as it won't start without this. If the door is properly closed and a cycle is selected, verify that the unit has power. Ensure that the cord is plugged in and examine the electrical panel for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Reset the breaker or replace the fuse, as needed. If lights besides the start-resume lights are blinking without the unit running, call a professional technician.

No Water

When your dishwasher does not fill, verify that the water supply is on. If the dishwasher still won't fill, check the float, located on the bottom of the basin beneath the lower rack, and remove any obstructions that might be blocking it. Examine the interior of the dishwasher for suds as well. If the dishwasher detects suds or foam, it may not fill or operation may be impacted. Clean away any foam as necessary.

Drying Problems

If your dishes, glassware and other items stay wet after the dishwasher's cycle completes, use a rinse aid with the heated-dry-and-sanitize option, if your unit has this feature. This combination effectively removes excess moisture for the best drying results. Proper loading can also improve drying issues. Place items with soiled surfaces face down and inward and do not overlap dishes or bowls that can trap water. Glasses and cups with concave bottoms may collect water, which can then drip onto other items during unloading, so take care when removing them. Keep in mind that your dishwasher may not be effective in drying plastic or nonstick items because they have a porous surface that may require hand drying.

Does Not Drain

When the water does not drain from your dishwasher after the load signals that it's finished, check that the cycle is complete. When a cycle is interrupted, you must resume the cycle by pressing the start-resume button and close the door within 4 seconds. For a dishwasher that drains to a garbage disposal unit beneath the sink, ensure that the knockout plug has been removed from the disposal inlet so the water can drain. Examine the drain hose for kinks, or the disposal and drain itself for obstructions. Turn on the disposal and run water to clear any food inside it that prevents drainage. If the dishwasher still doesn't drain, verify that the appliance still has power by checking your circuit breaker or fuse box.