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/ 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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  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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