Maytag dishwasher troubleshooting

Maytag dishwasher troubleshooting

The external simplicity of a dishwasher design is very deceptive, since this device has a number of modules, regulators and other control mechanisms. Do not rush to call a technician in case of any breakdown – some simple problems can be fixed without the help of specialists.

Maytag 860S, MSE 860 Fars, Vara860S dishwasher troubleshooting

ProblemsPossible causesAction
The dishes are not clean.• The spray arms are not rotating.• Lift off the arms and clean.
• Old dishwasher detergent. NB! Detergent is a perishable.• Avoid large packs.
• Incorrect dosage of detergent.• Dispense according to the level of water hardness.
• Insufficiently powerful dishwashing program.• Select the Temperature normal option or switch to a more powerful program.
• Incorrect program chosen.• Change to a more intensive program.
• Incorrect loading of the dishwasher.• Do not cover china with large bowls or similar.
•Avoid placing very tall glasses in the corners of baskets.
• Glasses and cups have tipped over during the wash.• Load the china securely.
Stains or a film on the china.• Dishwasher fitted with water softener is leaking salt.• Check that the cover of the salt compartment is properly screwed on. Otherwise phone for Service.
• Incorrectly set water softener.
• Incorrectly set rinse aid dispenser.
•The salt compartment is empty.• Top up with salt.
• Phosphate-free detergent in combination with hard water.• Change detergent.
•Too high a temperature and/or too much detergent can cause etching on (crystal) glass. Unfortunately this cannot be remedied, only prevented!• Wash (crystal) glass at a low temperature and dispense dishwasher detergent with care. Contact the dish- washer detergent manufacturer.
The china has a whitish- blue sticky film.• Too high dosage of rinse aid.• Reduce dosage. If the water is very soft, you could try diluting the rinse aid (1 part rinse aid, 1 part water).
Stains on stainless steel or silver.• Certain food remnants such as mustard, mayonnaise, lemon, vinegar, salt and dressings can cause stains on stainless steel if allowed to remain for any length of time. All stainless steel can mark silver if allowed to come into contact during the dishwashing process. Aluminium can also cause stains on dishes.• Rinse off food residue of this type if you do not intend to start the dishwasher immediately.
• Seperate your cutlery into the varians compartments in the basket. Make sure silver and stainless steel are not together.
Stains which remain after dishwashing.• Lipstick and tea can be difficult to remove.• Change to a detergent with bleach.
Rattling sound during dishwashing.• The dishes are not properly loaded or the spray arms are not rotating.• Check that the china is loaded securely. Spin the spray arms to make sure that they rotate.
The machine will not start.• You have forgotten to switch on the main switch.• Check
•The door is not properly closed.• Check
• A fuse has blown.• Check
Water remains in the machine.• Obstruction in the drain hose.• Disconnect the drain hose where it is connected to the sink’s water trap. Check that no debris has become stuck. Is the cone-shaped part of the pipe cut so that the diameter is at least 16 mm?
• Kinks in the drain hose.• Check that the hose is free from kinks or sharp bends.
• The filters are clogged.• Clean out the coarse filter, the fine filter and the filter.
• Items in the drain pump.• Clean out the drain pump.
Bad odour in the machine• Dirt along the strips and in cornersi • Clean with a dish brush and low-lather detergent.
The dishes are not sufficiently dry• Drying power too low.• Activate the Normal drying option (not all models).
The machine is not fully loaded.Put a full load in the machine.
The rinse aid has run out 01 the set dose is too low.Replenish rinse aid or increase the dose of rinse aid.
Open the door slightly once the program has finished.

Maytag Portable, Quiet Series 200 dishwasher troubleshooting

PROBLEMSOLUTION
Dishwasher will not fill• Press the START/Cancel pad to start the dishwasher.
• Be sure door is latched securely.
• Be sure the water is turned on.
• Check that the pad is properly selected for a cycle.
• Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Check inlet hose for a kink.
• Check water valve inlet for sediment and clean if necessary.
Dishwasher will not drain/ water in tub bottom• If hooked up to a food waste disposer, be sure the knock-out is removed from the disposer inlet
• Check for food obstruction in the drain or disposer.
• Check drain hose for a kink.
• Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box
• Check that the cycle is completed.
Dishwasher adds water at end of cycle• This is normal. The sensor (select models) in the pump must stay submerged so a short fill of water is added after the cycle’s last drain.
Detergent cup is not empty• Check that the cycle is completed.
• Be sure dispenser is not blocked.
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool, dry place.
Dishwasher seems noisy• A water valve hiss during fill is normal.
• Water circulation sounds are normal.
• A thumping sound may be a wash arm bumping an item that is extending beyond the racks. Readjust load to avoid obstructing wash arm.
• Chopping or grinding sounds may be heard as the internal food disposer chops hard items like fruit seeds, nuts, etc.
• Humming during the drain is normal.
• A snap noise is the detergent cup lid hitting the door liner when the dishwasher door is opened at the end of the cycle. This is normal.
• Proper installation affects the noise level.
Cycle takes too long (Heating Delay light [select models] stays on)• Sanitize has been selected and the cycle is extended to heat water.
• Check to see that the incoming water temperature is 120° F (49° C).
Dishwasher has an odor• Run dishes being held in the dishwasher through a Rinse Only cycle (select models).
• Many dishwashers have a “new" smell when first installed. This will dissipate with use.
• Dishwasher may not be draining properly.
• For a strong odor, place baking soda in both sides of the detergent cup. Select Light Wash cycle and allow the water to circulate for about 10 minutes. Interrupt the cycle by unlatching the door and let it stand overnight Restart the dishwasher by latching the door and allow it to complete the cycle. Another alternative is to use a dishwasher cleaning product such as Jet-Dry Dishwasher Cleaner*.
Dishwasher leaks• Check that the dishwasher is level.
• Suds can cause the dishwasher to overflow. Measure the detergent carefully and use only detergents designed for use in a dishwasher. Less detergent is needed in soft water. Try another brand of detergent if sudsing continues.
• Follow directions closely on how to add a forgotten item
• To avoid rinse aid leaking from the dispenser, be sure the lid is securely attached.
Display time suddenly drops or increases by several minutes (select models)• This is normal when the Normal Wash cycle is selected and the dishwasher decides to skip or add a drain and refill.
Indicator lights flashing• The countdown display (select models) flashes after a cycle is selected until the START/Cancel pad is pressed.
• The countdown display (select models) and the delay indicator flash after a delay is selected until the START/Cancel pad is pressed.
• All active display indicators flash if the door is opened during a running cycle or delay.
• The currently selected cycle flashes if an attempt is made to change the cycle after cycle “lock-in”.
Glasses are cloudy/spotted• Select Extra Rinse (select models).
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Always use a rinse aid.
• Confirm that the cloudiness is removable by soaking the item in white vinegar for approximately 5 minutes. If removed, the problem is due to hard water. Adjust detergent amount being used to match water hardness Be sure detergent is fresh, stored properly and is a high quality brand.
• If cloudiness is not removable, it is etching. This is an erosion of the surface of the glassware and can be caused by water that is too hot, from using too much detergent or by prewashing. Detergent needs food soil to act upon. If etching has occurred, the glassware is permanently damaged. To prevent further etching, adjust the detergent amount to match the water hardness, stop prewashing, and use water heating options only when incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).
Food soil remains on dishes• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Run hot water at the sink before starting the dishwasher.
• Check water hardness and adjust detergent amount accordingly
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool dry place.
• Select proper cycle for the soil level
• Make sure the upper rack wash arm connector is correctly aligned in one of the water inlet holes
• Load items so they do not block the wash arms
• Load the utensil basket with knife handles up and spoon and fork handles down.
• Do not place glasses over tines.
• Prior to loading, scrape off burnt on foods and wipe the starchy film from utensils used with pasta, rice and oatmeal. These soils require more energy than the rest of the load to clean.
Items washed in the dishwasher or the dishwasher tub itself are stained/ discolored• Aluminum utensils or pans can leave marks when they rub against other items. Leave a slight space between items.
• Iron deposits in the water can leave a yellow, brown or orange film on dishes or the dishwasher tub. A rust filter may be needed. Check with a water treatment company.
• Separate silver or silver-plated silverware from stainless steel. These metals can be damaged by contact with each other during washing.
• Color from tomato sauces may adhere to the interior parts of the dishwasher . If light staining has occurred, leave the door open to oxidize the stain away. Use a dishwasher detergent that contains chlorine to better fight staining.
• Certain dishwasher detergents may stain silver. Try another brand of detergent
Items not properly dried/ moisture is present on the dishwasher interior after the dry cycle• Be sure Heated Dry is selected.
• Water droplets may form on the inner door as part of the drying process.
• Use a rinse aid separate from the detergent like Jet Dry or Cascade Rinse Aid regularly to improve drying. Turn the rinse aid selector toward the MAX setting.
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Select Sanitize.
• Increase detergent amount to match water hardness.
• Load properly,
• Plastic and items with non-stick surfaces are difficult to dry because they have a porous surface which tends to collect water droplets. Towel drying may be necessary.
• Glasses and cups with concave bottoms hold water and require towel drying. Locate these items on the more slanted side of the rack for improved results.
Dishware is chipped• Load dishes according to instructions so they do not strike each other
• Washing fine antique china/crystal in the dishwasher is not recommended.
• Do not load glasses over the tines.
• Do not overload.
Sanitized light does not illuminate at the end of the cycle (select models)• Sanitize was not selected.
• Sanitization can only be achieved with the Heavy Wash, Normal Wash or Light Wash cycles.
• Sanitization may not be achieved if there is an interruption of the cycle, power failure or if incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).

Maytag Quiet Series 100 dishwasher troubleshooting

Food Soil Remains On Dishes• Check water temperature.
• Run hot water at the sink before starting the dishwasher.
• Check water hardness and adjust detergent amount accordingly.
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool dry place.
• Select proper cycle for the soil level.
• Load items so they do not block the wash arms or center tower.
• Load the utensil basket with some handles up and some down to prevent nesting.
• Do not place glasses over tines.
Glasses Are Cloudy/Spotted• Adjust detergent amount to water hardness.
• Check water temperature. Incoming hot water should be between 120-140°F.
• Use a rinse aid like Jet-Dry or Cascade Rinse Aid® regularly, to improve drying.
• Don’t pre-rinse. The detergent needs food soils to act on.
Items are Stained/Discolored• Aluminum utensils can leave marks when they rub against other things. Leave a slight space between items.
• Iron deposits in the water can leave a yellow, brown or orange film on dishes. A filter may be needed or periodically use RoVer Rust Remover.
• Food soil stains normally require hotter water and more detergent to remove and prevent.
Items Not Properly Dried/ Moisture is present on the dishwasher interior after the dry cycle.• Be sure Heat Dry is selected.
• Water droplets may form on the inner door as part of the drying process.
• Use a rinse aid like Jet Dry or Cascade Rinse Aid0 regularly, to improve drying. Turn the rinse aid cap towards the MORE setting.
• Check water temperature.
• Select Temp Sense and Sani Heat (certain models).
• Increase detergent amount to match water hardness.
• Load properly.
• Plastic and teflon items are inherently difficult to dry because they have a porous surface and tend to collect water droplets. Towel drying may be necessary
• Classes and cups with concave bottoms hold water and require towel drying.
• A Quick Wash/Rinse cycle does not dry the dishes unless Heated Dry is selected. Towel drying is required.
Dishware is Chipped• Load dishes according to instructions so they do not strike each other.
• We do not recommend washing fine antique china/crystal in the dishwasher.
• Do not load glasses over the tines.
• Do not overload.

Maytag Series 300 dishwasher troubleshooting

ProblemSolution
Won’t Fill• Be sure door is latched securely.
• Be sure the water is turned on.
• Check that the dial/pad is properly selected for a cycle.
• Allow time for select models to drain/pause before filling.
• Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Check inlet hose for a kink.
• Check water valve inlet for sediment and clean if necessary.
Won’t Drain/Water in Tub Bottom• If connected to a food waste disposer, be sure the knock-out is removed from the disposer inlet.
• Be sure the drain hose is elevated at least 32” so water cannot siphon back into the tub.
• Check for a food obstruction in the drain or disposer.
• Check drain hose for a kink.
• Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Check that the cycle is completed.
Detergent Cup Not Empty• Check that the cycle is completed.
• Be sure dispenser is not blocked.
• Use fresh detergent which has been stored in a cool, dry place.
Seems Noisy• A water valve hiss during fill is normal.
• Water circulation sounds are normal.
• A ticking noise is a normal timer sound.
• A thumping sound may be a wash arm bumping an item that is extending beyond the racks.
• Chopping or grinding sounds may be heard during drain as the internal food disposer chops hard items like fruit seeds, nuts, etc.
• Humming during drain is normal.
• A snap noise is the detergent cup lid hitting the door liner when the dishwasher door is opened at the end of the cycle. This is normal.
• Proper installation affects the noise level.
Cycle Takes Too Long- (Heating Delay light stays on)• AccuTemp™ (select models), Sani Heat (select models), or Extended Wash (select models) has been selected and the cycle is extended if the water temperature is low.
• Check to see that the incoming water temperature is 120-140° F (49-60° C).
Has An Odor• Run dishes being held in the dishwasher through a Rinse Only cycle.
• Many dishwashers have a “new” smell when first installed. This will dissipate with use.
• A chemical odor is usually the chlorine bleach in dishwasher detergents. Try another brand.
• Dishwasher may not be draining properly.
• For a strong odor try placing baking soda in both sides of the detergent cup. Select Light Wash and allow the water to circulate for about 10 minutes. Interrupt the cycle by unlatching the door and let it stand overnight. Restart the dishwasher by latching the door and allow it to complete the cycle. Another alternative is to use a commercial dish- washer cleaning product such as Jet-Dry Dishwasher Cleaner*.
Leaks• Check that the dishwasher is level.
• Suds can cause the dishwasher to overflow. Measure the detergent carefully and use only detergents designed for use in a dishwasher. Less detergent is needed in soft water. Try another brand if sudsing continues.
• Follow directions closely on how to add a forgotten item
• Be sure the Rinse Aid lid is securely attached and product is not leaking.
Food Soil Remains On Dishes• Check water temperature,
• Run hot water at the sink before starting the dishwasher.
• Select Temp Boost, AccuTemp'“, or Extended Wash (select models).
• Check water hardness and adjust detergent amount accordingly,
• Use fresh detergent stored in a cool dry place.
• Select proper cycle for the soil level.
• Load items so they do not block the wash arms or center tower,
• Load the utensil basket with some handles up and some down to prevent nesting.
• Do not load glasses over tines.
• Prior to loading, scrape off burnt on foods and wipe the starchy film from utensils used with pasta, rice and oatmeal. These soils require more energy than the rest of the load to clean.
Glasses Are Cloudy/Spotted• Always use a rinse aid.
• Check water temperature, incoming water should be 120-140° F (49-60° C).
• Confirm that the cloudiness is removable by soaking the item in white vinegar for approximately 5 minutes. If removed, the problem is due to hard water. Adjust detergent amount being used to match water hardness. Be sure detergent is fresh, stored properly and is a high quality brand.
• If cloudiness is not removable, it is etching. This is an erosion of the surface of the glassware and can be caused by water that is too hot, from using too much detergent or by prewashing (the detergent needs food soil to act upon). If etching has occurred, the glassware is permanently damaged. To prevent further etching, adjust the detergent amount to match the water hardness, stop prewashing, and be sure incoming water is not greater than 140° F (60° C). Use water heating options only when incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).
Items Washed in the Dishwasher or the Dishwasher Tub Itself are Stained/ Discolored• Aluminum utensils or pans can leave marks when they rub against other items. Leave a slight space between items.
• Iron in the water can leave a yellow, brown or orange film on dishes or the dishwasher tub. A filter may be needed, check with a water treatment company. RoVer Rust Remover** can be used to remove rust. Do not use RoVer along with dishwasher detergent. Fill both detergent cups with RoVer and complete a Normal Wash cycle. Follow with a short wash cycle using dishwasher detergent.
• Color from tomato based products may adhere to the tub . If light staining has occurred, leave the door open to oxidize the stain away. For removal of heavier stains, try a citric acid containing dishwasher cleaning product such as Glisten. Change dishwasher detergent and be sure to use a dishwasher detergent that contains chlorine for better stain fighting.
Items Not Properly Dried/Moisture is present on the dishwasher interior after the dry cycle.• Be sure Heated Dry is selected.
• Water droplets may form on the inner door as part of the drying process.
• Always use a rinse aid like Jet Dry* or Cascade Rinse Aid*.
• Check water temperature,
• Select Temp Boost, Sani Heat, and/or AccuTemp™ (select models).
• Increase detergent amount to match water hardness,
• Load properly,
• Plastic and teflon items are difficult to dry because the porous surface tends to collect water droplets. Towel drying may be necessary.
• Glasses and cups with concave bottoms can hold water and may require towel drying.
Dishware is Chipped• Load dishes according to instructions so they do not strike each other,
• Washing antique china/crystal in the dishwasher is not recommended.
• Do not load glasses over the tines.
• Do not overload.