Maytag Dishwasher Troubleshooting

One of the best selling dishwasher manufacturers, Maytag is actually owned by Whirlpool. Along with Maytag, Whirlpool also sell dishwashers under a variety of different brands and as such many dishwashers share the same parts, designs and problems!

The good news is that this means Maytag dishwasher parts and repair are easily available and that troubleshooting tips that work with other dishwashers are quite likely to work with a Maytag as well, which can make solving any Maytag dishwasher problems much easier.

As with other home appliances it is always worth running through basic dishwasher troubleshooting steps before considering paying for a repair – many problems and faults can be remedied in a few minutes and can spare you the hassle and expense of calling out a repair man.

Like other dishwasher models, Maytag dishwashers have a display screen on the control panel which will show any faults that the dishwasher has detected via an error code. Although some Maytag models will show up different codes or slight variations, they are always very similar and the most common ones are as follows –

  • F1 – A temperature fault has been detected. Is the water in the dishwater heating correctly? Possible culprits are the temperature sensor or the heating element.
  • F2– Leak. If detected the dishwasher will prevent itself from filling up so as not to flood your kitchen. Usually the result of a defective water level sensor although check the door seals and inlet/outlet pipes and make sure everything is dry and sealing properly.
  • F3 – Heat Cycle fault. Like the F1 error, it may be the heating element failing to warm the water effectively. If not the heating element it could be an electrical issue with the dishwashers PCB.
  • F4 – Drainage fault. Clean the filters in the dishwasher basin and make sure the drain is clear hopefully this will be a quick and easy fix but if it doesn’t help it might be a faulty drain pump.
  • F8 – A water level issue. Not enough water is being pumped into the dishwasher which is a sign of a damaged water pump although the water level sensor can make a misreading if it is dirty or the dishwasher water has too many soap bubbles in it.
  • F9 – The dishwasher is overfilling with water. The water flow meter is registering too many impulses, possibly as a result of the water valve not closing.

For further assistance please have a look at our page about common dishwasher problems and our general dishwasher troubleshooting guide.