Maytag Dishwasher Won't Drain

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.

Step 1

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."

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.