Model #MDB5600AWQ MAYTAG Dishwasher

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Maytag Dishwasher Not Getting Dishes Clean


You have spent a significant amount of money and made numerous repairs just to end up with the same situation. I admire your determination to find the solution to bring this to a satisfactory end. Most of us would have given up by now and just tossed detergent into the bottom of the dishwasher. The expert will review your model and respond to help sort this out. In the meantime, you might take a look at the two links below with troubleshooting help. The second is specific to only the dispensers in dishwashers and each make is represented.

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Barbara H. -
August 27, 2011

The detergent dispenser opens fine. The problem is that all the detergent is not getting washed out of the dispenser. For some reason it is not always spraying enough water on the detergent dispenser. Yes I am very persistent and I have spent to much to quit now.

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Anonymous -
August 27, 2011

What the oddest thing about this complaint is that things seemed to work after replacing the control and wash pump parts were changed.

Poor cleaning can be a difficult problem to pin down.

The detergent being left behind would indicate a circulation problem. Check that the drain hose is connected to a garbage disposal or to an air gap. A drain hose with no air gap might allow the water to siphon out during the cycle. You can pause the unit during the cycle, end of wash or rinse, and check the water level.

You covered all the other possible causes of this problem. You say the water is being heated and the filters have all be cleaned.

One trick to try is to place cups in each corner of the upper and lower rack. Let the unit fill up and wash for about 30 seconds or so and then check and compare the water levels in each cup.

Last but not least the image below contains the diagnostic tests for this dishwasher. Try the field service test first. The test will check all components and flash an error code if something is sensed wrong. There is a turbidity sensor that might have failed. This is what tells the control how dirty the water is and weather the cycle should be extended or not.

I have no suggestions for changing any parts at this time.

Let me know how the tests go and we'll figure out what to do next.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 29, 2011
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