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Brand new Matytag MDB7749AWB Dishwasher does not work correctly. As soon as the power was turned on, all three cycle indicator lights ('Wash', 'Dry', and 'Clean') came on and always remain on. The 'Sanitized' indicator light is also always on. I ran the dishwasher through one automatic cycle and it seemed to work OK except it washed way too hot, as if 'Steam Clean', 'High Temp Wash', or 'Sanitize' were selected, even though none of them were. Resetting the power has no effect.

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Try putting the unit into a test mode. This my clear your issues otherwise call for service.

One of two ways to do this.
In standby (no lights) Press the combination of buttons:
hi temp wash > sanitize > hi temp wash > sanitize > hi temp wash
All lights will come on and the washer will run a test cycle anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
If that button comb doesn't work use:
heated dry > sanitize > heated dry > sanitize > heated dry

Posted on May 27, 2011

  • minvac Jun 30, 2012

    I love you right now! the heated dry > sanitize method worked to put it in test mode and it's running now. I have yet to see if it works normal from here, but at least I know there is a connection to the start button and that I can do a mini-cycle! thank you so much.

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