Model #MDB6601AWS MAYTAG Dishwasher

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Q:

What are membrane readings??

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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on appliances. I would suggest that you provide the model # so your expert will be able to provide you the best possible answer. Just click on reply below and the provide the required data.

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Priscilla V -
May 25, 2011
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This is likely a problem/question I can help you with but I will need the model number for the particualr dishwasher you have.

If you can reply with a model number I can most likely help you with this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 26, 2011
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Model # MDB6601 AWS Serial # 1096321GT Thanks, Michael

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Michael -
May 27, 2011
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Does this refer to the panel on the front with the buttons on it?

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Michael -
May 27, 2011
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The pin refer to the membrane/touchpad and the 1st image below shows the reading you should get. This is the way to check for stuck or shorted keypad. The 2nd image contains the instructions to enter and run the diagnoistic test. This may help wilt the problem your having. Let me know how things go.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2011
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Why wont my dishes get clean???

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I understand how important it is to have a Dishwasher that is working properly since dirty dishes do gather quickly. I have included below a couple of links to Manage my life were some customers had posted similar questions like yours. Hope it helps!

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Priscilla V -
May 02, 2011
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The turbidity sensor might fail but I don't think it would cause your problem. You don't provide much detail about what is wrong with the dishes. Is there food left on the dishes or a while film?

The turbidity sensor extends cycles and purges the dirty water to provide extra wash or rinse cycles.

With a malfunctioning turbidity sensor you would still have wash and rinse cycles with no modification just like the old dishwashers.

The final rinse would still be clean water.

Let me know what kind of issue there is with the dishes and we'll provide further assistance.

The image below also shows how to enter and run two diagnostic tests. The Field Service Test will check the turbidity sensor.

Make sure the water is not siphoning out during the cycle. Check the water level in final rinse at the beginning of the cycle and at the end.

Please reply with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 03, 2011
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The glasses have a white film. I tried the field service test and got no response from that button at all. The 'Heated Dry', and all the option buttons work when I have a wash cycle selected. I have checked water levels, water temperature, inlet valve, drain pump, water circulation system, spray arms, pump filter, door latch switches, and everything operates like it should. Is this a problem with the circuit board ?? Thank You, Michael

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Michael -
May 03, 2011
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First identify the white film. If it is soap then it will rinse off with minimun effort when run under water. If it is a mineral film then it may appear to rinse off but when the glass dries the film is still there. The film can be eliminated by running a rinse only cycle with a couple of cups of vinegar added. If the film is soap then the problem might even be the detergent . Recently all detergent formulars were changes to eliminate phosphates to help the environment. A new soap might be the only thing needed. Try Finish All in One. If you can not enter the test and some buttons do not respond then the console may be at fault. Let me know if this helps.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 05, 2011
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If this dishwasher runs for almost two hours it should get the dishes clean. If I have to wash them by hand...there is no point in having a dishwasher. I just got new soap. The console apparently works because, as I said, the led's do light up when I press the buttons after a wash cycle has been selected. My question remains: Is this a problem with the circuit board, also known as the control board. How could I test this theory? How do you test the circuit board?

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Michael -
May 06, 2011
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The control board is tested by running the diagnostic test whci you indicated failed. Confirm you push the Heated Dry button 6 time imediately follow by pushing the start button. If the buttons are not working then the console is the problem. If the buttons do work then the control is ar fault.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 07, 2011
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I have a Maytag quietseries 300 dishwasher. Model # MDB6601AWS. It does not clean very well anymore.

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Dishwasher's are one of the best appliance to have in a home, so when it starts to have problems it can be really frustrating. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, A suggestion I have is to visit Sears Home Services website to set service with a Sears technician. I have attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
May 02, 2011
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The cycle times for this dishwasher are shown in the first image below. There are some cycles on this dishwasher that will run for close to 2 hours. If you are using one of those cycles, then the cycle times are probably normal.

This dishwasher will stop and heat the water in certain sections of the cycle when needed. Low water temperature can sometimes lengthen the cycle time. You may be able to reduce the cycle time by adjusting the water heater setting if the water temperature entering the dishwasher is not close to 120 degrees. You can check the water temperature by using this method:

  1. Run the kitchen sink hot tap for 1 minute.
  2. Fill a glass with the hot water from the tap.
  3. Measure the temperature of the water in that glass using an accurate thermometer.

If the temperature of the water is significantly less than 120 degrees, then I recommend that you adjust the temperature setting on your hot water heater so that the supply water is around 120 degrees (not over 120 degrees though -- that would be too hot).

This dishwasher uses an electronic control board and not a mechanical timer to control the cycle. I provided a diagnostic test for the control board on this dishwasher in the second image. You can use that procedure to test the control board functions. If that control board passes this test then it is likely working properly.

If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will try to assist you further.

If you suspect that you have a component problem in the dishwasher and you need a technician, you can schedule one through the Sears Service website. Here is a link for that website in case you need it: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2011
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