How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Dishwasher Stopped Mid-Cycle When Nothing Works

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How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Dishwasher Stopped Mid-Cycle When Nothing Works
Try solving your dishwasher's problems before calling a repairman. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Maytag dishwashers take the work out of washing up, but if the appliance starts malfunctioning, it can leave you scratching your head with plenty of dishes to clean. Troubleshooting a problem that stops the appliance mid-cycle involves resetting the internal computer, changing your cycle settings and ensuring the appliance is receiving everything necessary to work properly. This approach ensures any subsequent visits from a technician are completely necessary.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wait a few minutes when the dishwasher first appears to stop. Some cleaning cycles are programmed to include pauses. The dishwasher may start working again after a few minutes and complete its cycle as normal.

  2. 2

    Push the door closed and press the "Start" button. The door latch could be opening slightly during a cycle, stopping the dishwasher. Consider replacing the latch if this is the case.

  3. 3

    Unplug the dishwasher from its outlet and wait a few minutes. Reconnect the power and try your cycle again. Resetting the internal computer sometimes resolves minor technical difficulties.

  4. 4

    Make sure you are adding the correct amount of detergent. Too much can causes a dishwasher to fill with suds and stop. The appliance only continues when the soap suds reduce.

  5. 5

    Check that the hot, cold and drain hoses at the back of the dishwasher are straight and free of kinks and blockages. A problem filling or draining the appliance could be causing a fault.

  6. 6

    Clean away any food scraps or debris blocking the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher. Water could be getting trapped in the appliance, causing a flood. The dishwasher is programmed to stop if the water level gets too high.

  7. 7

    Contact Maytag if any of the lights on the control panel besides "Start" begin flashing. This indicates a fault or failure within the appliance that stops continuation of the cleaning cycle.

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