Maytag dishwashers have a number of features that are intended to make your dish-washing experience as easy as possible while using as little energy as possible. Many of the newer models are "Energy Star-qualified" dishwashers, meaning that they use a minimal amount of electricity and water. Even if only a marginal amount of water is used, though, it can still seem like quite a bit if your Maytag dishwasher won't drain.
Do not open the dishwasher until the cycle completes. A green indicator light on the front of a Maytag dishwasher will let you know the cycle has completed. If you open the dishwasher before the cycle is over, close the door and press "Start/Resume."
Remove the knockout plug from the disposer inlet if the dishwasher is connected to a food disposer. Place the tip of a screwdriver along the edge of the knockout plug, which is on the side of the disposer. Tap against the head of the screwdriver with a hammer until the plug comes loose.
Inspect the drain hose for kinks. Make sure it is not bent or pinched in a way that would impede the flow of water through it.
Use your hands to clean food from the drain in the dishwasher. A buildup of food can block the drain and not allow water to freely flow from the inside of the dishwasher.
Open your breaker box and check to see that the switch that controls your kitchen appliances is flipped to the "on" position. A switch flipped to "off" means your appliance has no electricity. The dishwasher will not drain without power.