How to Start a Maytag Dishwasher

Maytag is a brand of home appliances manufactured by Whirlpool. These appliances include refrigerators, ovens, laundry machines and dishwashers. If you've never used your Maytag dishwasher before, you may be unaware of the proper way to start a load. The process is extremely simple; all you need to do is add dishwasher detergent and select the desired cleaning options.

Step 1

Rinse excess food and debris off of dishware and silverware.

Step 2

Place dishware on the lower rack and silverware in the silverware basket (handles facing down, except for sharp knives). Place glassware and other miscellaneous items upside down on the upper rack. If you are washing pots and pans, place these items upside down on the bottom rack.

Step 3

Fill the prewash cup with dishwasher detergent; the prewash cup is the open detergent cup. Fill the main cup with dishwasher detergent and close it. For soft water, fill the main cup halfway and the prewash cup one-third of the way. For hard water, fill the main cup completely and the prewash cup halfway. Failure to use the proper amount of dishwasher detergent for your type of water can result in dishes not getting completely clean (too little detergent with hard water) or glassware etching (too much detergent with soft water).

Step 4

Add rinse aid according to product instructions. Rinse aid helps in the drying process, removing excess moisture and thus avoiding spots and streaks from water droplets on the dishware.

Step 5

Close the door to the dishwasher and lock it.

Step 6

Select the desired wash (light, normal, heavy/pots and pans) and the desired options (high-temperature wash, heated dry, steam clean, sanitize). Press "Start" (or turn the dial to "On") to begin the load of dishes in your Maytag dishwasher.