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My dishwasher is full of water after the complete cycle. what are some common problems? the motor runs for the wash and rinse cycles and the hose that runs to the garbage disposal is clear. Thank you

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Cycle starts, but does not fill with water

When I start a new cycle, I first hear the pump run to empty out all remaining water, and after that I hear the motor run for the regular washing cycle, but there is no water in the dishwasher. After a few minutes, the cycle stops, and the washer claims the dishes are 'clean'. When I try starting a new cycle over and over again, about one in 20 times, the cycle will run normally with water. But then the next time, the problem starts all over again. Once a cycle starts correctly, everything works fine, including the rinsing.

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Dishwasher will not clean well leaving a lot of particles, etc. on dishes.

Hi Jim.

A dishwasher may clean poorly for a number of different reasons. Before replacing parts or looking for a fault I suggest going through the following checklist:

  1. Make sure you are not using a rinse only cycle, test using Hi Temp Wash cycle and Hi Scrub.
  2. Check that you are using proper detergent, as suggested in the manual.
  3. Make sure you are using rinse aid.
  4. Make sure that dishes and pans are correctly positioned in the baskets.
  5. Check if stains go away when you soak the glasses in vinegar. In that case the problem is hard water. Correct the amount of detergent as from page 7 on manual.
  6. Check that the arms are free to rotate.
  7. Check for leaks in the duct to the upper spray arms, make sure that the upper spray arm is well mounted.
  8. Make sure that incoming water from the house has pressure and that hot water has about 120F(50C).
  9. Check for food obstruction in the drain or disposer.
  10. Check that the drain hose at the back is not kinked.
  11. Check that the machine is completing the cycle.
  12. Try running a light cycle with both sides of the detergent cup filled with soda or Jet Cleaner product.
If none of the above is the problem, then the most common faults with this model that result in incorrect cleaning are caused by the following parts. Please refer to the part manual to find diagrams and part location.

  1. Accumulator Filter (part 7 in Pump and motor diagram)
  2. Docking Station with Flappers(part 3 in Water Distribution Assembly)
  3. Seal and Chopper Kit (part 9 in Pump and motor diagram)
  4. Wash Impeller(part 6 in Water Distribution Assembly)

Locked flappers and clogged filter are the most common causes that may result in improper wash.Please refer to the part manual to find diagrams and part location.

Here parts manual with diagrams and part list.

Here the manual: Owner's Manual - MAYTAG Dishwasher MDB6601AWQ, MDB8751AWB alternatively Click here to download manual.

Here Tech Sheet.



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Soap residue on glasses, dishes & flatware...what can I do..I use Cascade & JetDry

Instructions Things You'll Need:
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  • Gel dishwasher detergent
  1. dishwashers have a rinse aid dispenser. If your dishwasher has this dispenser, fill it up periodically and it will release the appropriate amount of rinse aid automatically at the right time during the wash cycle. This will help your dishes rinse more cleanly.
  2. Rinse aid in solid form
    Some older dishwashers or basic models do not have an automatic rinse aid dispenser. In this case, you can buy rinse aid in solid form that attaches to your dishwasher rack. Solid rinse aid can be hard to find in stores because it is not commonly used, but it can be purchased online.
  3. Vinegar or lemon juice
    Appliance repairmen will tell you that one of the common problems they see with dishwashers is the buildup of excess detergent. If there is too much detergent in your dishwasher, your dishes will not rinse cleanly, no matter how good the dishwasher is or how much rinse aid you use. To clean the excess detergent that has built up inside your dishwasher, put 3 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice (concentrate is fine) in the empty dishwasher and run the dishwasher through a complete cycle with no dishes. Do this twice, for two complete cycles of the empty dishwasher with only vinegar or lemon juice added. The acid in the vinegar or lemon juice will break up the detergent that has built up in your dishwasher's interior.

    After you have cleaned the detergent buildup from the inside of your dishwasher, follow the steps below to keep the buildup from happening again and to help your dishes rinse cleanly and prevent residue from accumulating on the dishes.
  4. Gel dishwasher detergent
    Switch to a liquid or gel dishwasher detergent. Any brand will do.
  5. Fill one compartment half full Dishwashers will effectively clean dishes with much less detergent than manufacturers often recommend. The bleach in the detergent, combined with the extremely hot water used in the dishwasher wash cycle, will clean and sanitize your dishes completely, even in small amounts, and using less detergent helps prevent buildup and residue from accumulating on your clean dishes.

    Fill only one detergent compartment(the one that snaps closed) half full with gel detergent. Snap the opening closed and run your dishwasher as you normally would. Your dishes will come out sparkling clean with no buildup or residue, plus you'll save money by using less detergent!

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Machine runs full cycle without water!

The most common reason for this problem is the inlet valve (Solinoid valve) has failed and does not open when the DW timer tells it to before each wash and rinse cycle.
That valve is just inside the place where the hot water supply hose connects to the dishwasher.
There can be other causes but this is by far the most common reason.
Good Luck!

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Dishwasher does not complete cycle

The solution i'm going to give you might sound weird but it should work. The drain hose should have a curve of about 36 inches up and then down to the drain. This avoids the water to drain on its own, the water has to be forced out by the washing machine. hope it helps.

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Dishwasher pump motor stops

If the cycle doesn't complete, check these:

Water-heating cycle
Water-heating cycle Manydishwashers heat the wash and/or rinse water to a higher temperature,as the cycle calls for it. In these cycles, the dishwasher pauses afterit has filled with water, waiting for the water to reach the pre-settemperature. What happens next, depends, as follows:

  • On some units, the pause is timed and the unit continues after the allotted time.

  • Onothers, the cycle can't continue until the water reaches the highertemperature. If you have this type of dishwasher and the water isn'tbeing heated (say, because of a problem with the heating element orthermostat), after the unit stops at the heating cycle, it nevercontinues. When you repair the heating-system problem, the "cycleproblem" is fixed too.

Timer Timersdon't often fail. But if every other part of the dishwasher seems to beworking properly and the timer knob seems to be stuck in oneplace--doing one function continuously--the timer may be at fault.Dishwasher timers can't be repaired. If yours is defective, replace it.

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Check disposer plug. If a garbage disposer has been recently installed, it is possible the disposer drain plug was not removed. The drain plug is a plastic piece in the disposer that blocks the hole where the dishwasher hose connects. Also check the hose connected to the disposal. Mine apparently had a kink in it. When I straightened the hose the dishwasher drained at full speed (I recently had a plumber re-route a hot waterline. He must has bent the hose). Hope this helps. If not go to the GE website. That's where I found my answer.

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Check to see if you have any switches on your dishwasher that could by pass a rinse cycle. Use a hotter temparture when washing, Check your water level,check your filters on your inlet hose top and bottom. When it gets to a rinse cycle you should hear it drain out and bring in fresh water. you could change to a liquid detergent. Dont over load your dishwasher. make sure you are using rinse aid and try adjusting it up one setting. Shiney glasses means your rinse add is working. NZL

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