A Troubleshooting Guide for Maytag Quiet Series Dishwashers

Updated February 21, 2017

Maytag was an independent consumer appliance corporation until 2006 and is now a part of the Whirlpool Corporation. Maytag sold the Quiet series of dishwashers before Maytag was taken over by Whirlpool, but neither company no longer manufactures these dishwashers. You can, however, still purchase replacement parts, and you can still get these dishwashers serviced. Troubleshoot problems with your Quiet series dishwashers before contacting Whirlpool for service.

Won't Fill/Drain

If your Maytag Quiet series dishwasher won't fill, check that the door is completely closed, and press the "Start/Cancel" button again. Push in any racks that are sticking out too far. Examine the water supply valve to see if it's in the "On" position. Remove any clogs or sediment build-up in the water valve inlet, and remove any kinks in your inlet hose. Inspect your circuit breaker, and turn it back on if it has been tripped. Change out bad fuses. The dishwasher normally adds some water after it is finished washing your dishes. If your tub won't drain, check your drainage hose for kinks, and remove any food or dirt clogging your drain. Verify that your dishwasher cycle is finished. Remove the knockout from the disposer inlet if your dishwasher is connected to a food waste disposer.


Always wash your dishes on a regular basis to prevent odours. New dishwashers do emit an odour, but this odour dissipates after the first cycle. Inspect your drainage hose, and remove any clogs or kinks. Always properly load your dishwasher to keep your dishware from hitting against each other, which causes noise and also can chip your dishes. Your dishwasher normally makes some noise, including water movement and grinding noises. If your dishwasher vibrates, check that it's level by placing a bubble level on the top of it.

Indicator Light/Leaks

The dishwasher indicator lights normally flash after you press the "Start/Cancel" button. If you see an "L", this means that the control lock is set. Your display also flashes if you open the door. If you see a leak, use less sudsy dishwasher detergent. Only use fresh, nonclumping detergent in your dishwasher. Securely close the rinse-aid lid to keep it from leaking, and verify that your dishwasher is level.

Soiled Dishes

Set your water temperature to at least 48.9 degrees Celsius to fully remove food from your dishes. Remove any built-up food on your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Increase detergent amounts if you have hard water, and use the proper setting selection for your dishes. Do not block the spray arms. Use a "Hi Temp Wash" and rinse aid to reduce spots on glasses. Use a heated dry setting to remove all moisture from dishes. Plastic ware is usually slightly wet after a drying cycle.

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