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This dishwasher looks for a temperature rise of the water during a heating cycle if it fails to see this rise for multiple cycles it may shut down and blink the clean light 7 times.

The failure can be wide ranging here are a few things to check before resetting the control.

-The unit not being level so both door switches do not make contact

- The sump plugged up so water is not pumping across the heater (see sump clean out below)

- Not enough water filling the dishwasher

- The heat element is not working

To reset the control use this key dance within 5 seconds press:


This will cause you to enter the diagnosis cycle once this is finished or you hit cancel the control should be unlocked and ready to use.

Here is a link for instructions on sump clean out

Poor cleaning or noisy Whirlpool KitchenAid or Kenmore

General Dishwasher washability

White powder hard water calcium residue

on Mar 26, 2014 • Maytag MDB8959AW Builtin Dishwasher


You can find your model number and serial number on the label located near the door on the right-hand or left-hand side of the dishwasher interior

Maytag MDB8959AW... • Answered on Aug 01, 2012

Almost anything can cause that. Be specific and we will hazard a guess.

Maytag... • Answered on Feb 07, 2021

Contact Maytag and/or an appliance parts supplier to inquire.

Maytag... • Answered on Dec 31, 2020

Perhaps a safety switch somewhere. I would check inside for a utensil that fell down into the impeller or the like. Also look at the door latch area; maybe a switch there is not closing properly.

Maytag... • Answered on Oct 25, 2020

To reset those you need to interrupt the power to the unit, you can do this by finding the breaker it is on and turning it off for a minute or two. Then try again and let us know

Maytag... • Answered on Jul 22, 2020

I am not familiar with the model but I doubt it - few people these days use the highly inefficient soap dispenser, preferring to add detergent directly into the wash drum. I suggest you read the instruction booklet.

Maytag... • Answered on Mar 08, 2020

Sorry I only have more questions. If you observe the following things it may help rule out the thermostat or heating element . There are similarities to my problem. My dishwasher run for 4 seconds and stops briefly and starts again and will do that for ever. 1. Will it run properly in RINSE ONLY mode? 2. Does it run constantly or stop /starts continuously? 3. Does the soap dispenser open? 4. Does the timer count down? Ie cycle reads 2H and counts down, at least on my model. 5. Finally noticing if all the normal sequencing is happening. Ie turns on, pump empties the dishwasher, fill occurs, arms spin, and so forth. you should be able hear the unit empty and refill again and the rinse light goes on. Sorry I could'nt be more help but possibly we can help each other.

Maytag... • Answered on Mar 07, 2020

i don't know. sounds like a fault in the program. consider unplugging machine for 10 mintes. plug it back in and run a short wash to see if the program has reset itself. if not OK, call for repair estimate then decide if you can live with it as is,-- have someone try to repairit -- or replace it with a new one which may offer extended warranty for $$.

Maytag... • Answered on Nov 03, 2019

Yeah, those Maytag DW's are known for having latch problems. Usually, you can just pull the door open by pulling hard. But if that doesn't work, you might be able to unscrew the latch, and then open the door. With the door open, you can now take it apart to get to the latch and replace it.

Maytag... • Answered on Oct 03, 2019

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