Get Answers to your Appliance Repair Questions

Disclosure: This website contains affiliate links, Meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

Your Privacy Rights

Washer Parts  ·   Dryer Parts  ·   Refrigerator Parts  ·   Dishwasher Parts  ·   Range/Cooktop/Oven Parts  ·   All Appliance Parts 

Author Topic: Intermittent Problem with Maytag Dishwasher  (Read 9772 times)

Offline Firenut

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Mar 2008
  • Posts: 1
Intermittent Problem with Maytag Dishwasher
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:11:21 AM »


I'm having an intermittent problem with my dishwasher. It will always fill with water.........after that it does one of three things (well, maybe four):
1. works fine
2. makes a humming (buzzing) sound from the bottom of the washer (nothing else happens) I believe this noise is from the motor relay.
3. nothing at all
4. (Kind of) sometimes it will start working, but not finish (ie. not drain when done).

First, I talked to a local repairman. He told me that since it is intermittent, it can not be the motor or the relay. That it had to be the timer. Well.........I ordered the timer from here and then installed it when it came in.

Problem still there.

Thinking that it might be the relay, since this is what is making the noise, but I would like to have a second (and possibly a third and forth) opinion before I spend more money on another part.

Offline Repair-man

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Feb 2008
  • Posts: 3023
  • Country: us
  • The Virtual Repairman
    • The Virtual Repairmans Appliance Help
Re: Intermittent Problem with Maytag Dishwasher
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2008, 01:30:24 PM »
The relay is humming cause the motor is binding.

Replace the motor. It comes with a new relay. Unless of course, you'd like to waste another week ordering a relay only to find out this did not work. :)  Around here, opinions are like bellybuttons...we all got 'em.

'Course if you owned a clamp-on amp probe, you'd already know if the motor was bad due to the excessive run load amps it was drawing. Locked rotor amps are stamped on the motor  and sometimes on the model plate in tiny letters.

Want to get a head's up on your local repair guy? Here's the Performa Dishwasher Manual
« Last Edit: March 28, 2008, 02:44:28 PM by Repair-man »
"It's only expensive if someone else fixes it for you" -
The Virtual Repairman

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8830
  • Country: us
  • Caregiver, DIYer
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Intermittent Problem with Maytag Dishwasher
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2008, 12:43:53 PM »
I have a brand new amp meter for sale cheap.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair