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I need to know how to fix my dishwasher. It's a portable Maytag. older. Not sure how old. It will fill up with water and heat it up, but it gets stuck there and will not wash the dishes.

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  • arrowwoodfam Apr 26, 2010

    Thank you. Much appreciated.

  • arrowwoodfam Apr 26, 2010

    Where is the thermostat located (approx) and what does it look like?

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Hi.

If the machine fills and heats up the water, but does not proceed any further in cycling , that means that the timer board did not detect that the correct temperature has been reached.

The machine keeps heating or filling warm water, and the cycle does not advance.

When this happens it usually means that the thermostat is faulty.

The thermostat can be tested by a technician reading Ohms at its contacts and jumping or opening its contacts.
The thermostat must read zero or very low impedance at room, and it will cut off reading no continuity when the limit temperature is reached.
If the machine keeps cycling , then the thermostat is not opening, or it is not reading temperature because defective.

To find parts you can use the links listed here: Parts and diagrams.

If you need to call a technician, use the phone number listed on the owners manual or see Fixya directory.


Regards.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

  • Ginko
    Ginko Apr 26, 2010

    The thermostat has two contacts and a bulged coin looking part, approx it looks like this:



    It is located near to the heating group, or on the warm inlet, depending if the model is self heating or not.


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