Jan 152011

Maytag uses plastic nuts on the end of there dishwasher elements. The plastic housing of the nut also protects the heater elements wire.

To remove a Maytag style unit from under the cabinet, open the door and remove the screws that hold the unit’s mounting brackets to the counter. The mounting bracket prevents the dishwasher from falling forward when the racks are pulled out.

Most Maytag install crews will use stainless steel brained water lines, if your dishwasher is copper plumbed you will need to disconnect before the unit is removed.

Turning the power and water off before servicing  should be done first, with the water line disconnected pull the unit forward, you will need to access the rear of the unit.

Removing the heater wires, and twisting the plastic nuts off, this will loosen the heating element. Inside there are two metal brackets that hold the heater element to the tub, twisting the brackets will release the element from the insides.

The heating element should be tested with a volt meter, local appliance parts houses will often have volt meters for sale and can sometimes test the element for you. With the new element place in the dishwasher and secure using the two metal fasteners, from the back connect the heater locking nuts and hook the wires to the terminals.

Once the machine is installed fasten the mounting brackets back to the counter. Connection of the fill hose can be made with the dishwasher installed or pulled out depending on the dishwasher fill hose length. Purchasing longer fill lines and electrical connection will aid in an easier installation.

Jan 152011

Several factors can contribute creating a no drain issue. Bosch dishwashers have what is know as an auxiliary drain pump. This pump is not part of the main wash system, the drain pump is located on the bottom left side of the sump housing.

Pushing the locking tab in and rotating will release the drain motor from the housing. You will need to do this if the drain pump is found defective or if foreign debris is lodged inside.

Several possibilities for a no drain issue include:

-Clogged drain hose

-Kinked drain hose

-Failed drain pump

-Disposal or standpipe adapter clogged. Often installers will install make shift candy canes for the stand pipe, when doing so they use a smaller diameter pipe, food and debris often become stuck inside.

If determined the drain pump needs to be replaced or cleaned you will need to access it from the front, disconnect power and remove the lower kick plate two screws hold it on.

With the dishwasher kick plate removed you will see the pump on the left side like stated above depress the locking tab and rotate the pump to remove. Before removing the kick plate you can access the dishwashers drain pump from the top, you can not remove it but you can clean it.

Access the dishwasher pump from the top by twisting the filter located in the bottom dishwasher, remove the metal screen. Removing the screw over the drain pump access cover may reveal the issue. Cleaning the drain pump from the top with needle nose pliers may help aid in lifting small obstructions out of the way.

After repairing the dishwasher whether replacing or cleaning the pump, you can set the dishwasher to a normal cycle and let fill, once filled hold down the corresponding drain/cancel buttons and the dishwasher will go into a 2 min drain cycle.