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ramsey76

02:31PM | 06/30/07
Member Since: 07/07/06
75 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
My 6 year old maytag dishwasher will not start.

The model number is mdb9100aww. It work last week before we went on vaction.

Today upon return nothing happens. I know there is not much to go on but I would appreciate any help. I am pretty sure that there is no electrical issue.

Also I noticed last week that when my wife "accidenly" opened the dishwasher while washing the unit did not shut off.

Could there be a latch issue causing the current problem ?

Oner last thing this unit has push button controls.

Thanks

DanO

06:23PM | 06/30/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** maytag dishwasher [model mdb9100aww] will not start. **

Has anyone confirmed there is power at its outlet and that it is getting to the dishwasher?

** last week my wife opened the dishwasher while washing the unit did not shut off. **

The only thing that could likely cause that would be a problem in the door latch's switch(es). That could also now be responsible for the dishwasher not operating.

Which switches your model uses would depend on the unit's serial number.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Maytag+Dishwasher

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ramsey76

02:57AM | 07/06/07
Member Since: 07/07/06
75 lifetime posts
We have decided to get a new dishwasher. Everyday for the last week I push the start botton on the old ( current) DW to see if it will start.

Last night it started with no problems. I have run the DW three times since then with no issue.

Any idea on what is going on. I am thinking about cancelling the new DW since the installation date is next week.

thanks

DanO

04:06PM | 07/11/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** We have decided to get a new dishwasher. **

Just because of what sounds like it may be a minor problem?? It's a shame it is not even going to be looked into first to isolate the actual problem cause, so you can make an informed decision between repair and replacement.

** Any idea on what is going on **

As I stated in my first reply, it sounds like it might be a problem in the door latch's switches but it will need actual investigation to find out for sure.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Maytag+Dishwasher

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MistressEll

05:51AM | 07/14/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Maytag recalled millions of dishwashers from that era (thru June 2001). The prefix of your model number is covered in the recall, you'll need to check the last two digits of your serial number (letters) to see if your DW was involved.

If so, a short circuit might have been created in the dishwasher's internal wiring - the non-use period might have been enough for the internal area to have dried out, you might still have a hazard. Good news is that if it is covered under this recall they will come to fix it for free - and if they cannot will provide a $75 rebate for the purchase of a new one. Quite a few additional Maytag DW's are covered under a "silent recall" meaning it was not pre-announced - but if a problem arises they will cover the repair at little or no cost as an "accomodation" sort of like an un-official extention of warranty for the repair of a particular problem.

Here is a link to the CPSC/Maytag Dishwasher recall:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07094.html

ramsey76

08:14AM | 07/14/07
Member Since: 07/07/06
75 lifetime posts
Dan

Thanks for the input. I got a few informal estimates from a few of my friends to fix. My view is that for approximately $ 300 incremenatal dollars I get a new diswasher to replace a 6/1/2 year DW.

My washer was not subject to recall.

T

MistressEll

09:07AM | 07/14/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Thought I'd mention since it turned out my 6-1/2 year old DW wasn't on the actual RECALL list, but it was subject to a "silent recall", wherein the manufacturer actually supplied all the parts for free, and rebated my expense to have an "authorized" repairman come out to diagnose and order the parts. His return visit to install the parts was also gratis.

Thought I'd mention since at first look, I thought I was going to be out $210 in parts to fix plus a $75 labor charge for each visit.

My net cost? zero, nada, nothing, and my DW works better then ever.

It does pay to actually CALL the manufacturer first and check ...because you never know you too could be covered. It depends really on if your time and investment of a $40 - $75 trip charge from an "authorized" repair outfit to investigate and diagnose is worth it or if you just want to go with the disposable mentality. Frankly the older appliances tend to be better made and last longer in many cases. Of course if your replacement will be more energy efficient, better sound insulated, and use less water then by all means upgrade, just don't replace with the bottom of the barrel.
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