Question about Maytag Dishwasher
Hello laura.... there are three possible causes of the dispenser not opening:
On many dishwashers, a plastic actuator arm mechanically links the timer to the detergent cup. When the timer reaches the proper time in the cycle, the timer activates a lever that opens the detergent cup. If the linkage is broken or defective, the cup stays closed after you've closed it. Check the link and repair or replace it, as necessary. 2. Bi-metal switch or wax motor A bi-metal switch is a simple electrical device that deforms when electricity is applied to it. The degree of this deformation can be engineered to concise standards. The timer energizes the bi-metal switch inside your dishwasher door--directly behind the detergent cup--when the detergent cup should open. When energized, the bi-metal switch deforms away from the detergent cup latch, which opens the detergent cup. If the bi-metal switch is defective, it may not deform enough to open the cup. If that happens, you need to replace it. On some dishwashers, the bimetal switch is wired through the heating element or motor circuit. If the element is broken (or open), or if the motor is drawing low current because of a low-fill situation, the bi-metal switch doesn't open properly. Newer dishwasher models use a wax motor instead of a bi-metal switch. It's a sealed unit with wax that heats up and pushes a piston through to open the door. The wax motor, controlled by the timer, mechanically opens the door. 3. Detergent cup, itself The detergent cup itself can become clogged with old dried detergent that prevents it from opening. Sometimes just cleaning the cup takes care of the problem. If not, you probably need to replace the entire cup assembly That said, one way around this is to simply add the soap or the soap tab into the dishwasher proper, not into the cup. Joe Thanks for choosing Fixya!
Posted on Mar 13, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: dishes not clean
water valve under dishwasher that let the water come in is not opening all the way causing either low water level or no water to come into the dishwasher. with out the proper amout of water the soap cant be disolved. replace water val to solve problem
Posted on Nov 21, 2007
SOURCE: dishwasher soap remains in the
Try cleaning the soap dispenser with white vinegar so that it is free of all detergent, then try using about 1/4 less detergent than you have been to see if you still have any remaining in the dispenser. Also, make sure your drain filter is free of all sediment so that the system can pump the water out freely. Lastly, if you are still getting some soap remains, then try using a sanitary setting that uses the hottest water and see if the excess soap is properly dispensed. Your water temp may not be getting hot enough so this test should help identofy the solution. Hope this helps !
Posted on Aug 20, 2008
SOURCE: top rack of dishes is not clean
the problem sounds like your water. www.dishwasherfilter.com has an amazing product out that fixes this problem once and for all. it is a small filter that filters the hardminerals out of your water before entering the dishwasher. it is very affordable and guaranteed to work or your money back. you will be amazed how clean your dishes look.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
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