Maytag Dishwasher Error Codes HE Models – Lights Flashing Blinking – What To Check?




Maytag dishwasher displaying an error code? Flashing lights or blinking lights? Maytag dishwashers have built in diagnostic systems. If your dishwasher detects a fault or error in the system, it will show an error, the lights will flash, blink, or a fault code will be displayed. The error code will display or the lights will blink on the panel. When an error code or light is blinking, your dishwasher is identifying a specific fault has occurred. The error code or the light blinking sequence will indicate which part or parts on your Maytag dishwasher need to be replaced or checked. You can also Search YouTube for Maytag Dishwasher Flashing Blinking Lights or get advice from your Maytag dishwasher owners manual when your Dishwasher Is Displaying An Error Code or flashing the lights.

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Some Maytag dishwashers display an error code by flashing the Clean Light or other lights on the display in a specific pattern…
If your Maytag dishwasher does NOT have a digital display, the Clean Light will first flash the Function Code. Then the Clean Light will pause for 2 seconds and then flash the Problem Code. You need to count the flashes the Clean Light displays to understand the error code on your Maytag dishwasher. As an example: If the Clean Light flashes 8 times followed by 3 flashes (8-3), this error is telling you the Function Code = “Drain Pump” and the Problem Code is “The drain pump is stuck in the on position”. The error code will repeat by flashing the light patterns again after a 5 second pause. NOTE: The control panel console will be fully disabled when an error code is flashing. Meaning you cannot use the buttons and they will be unresponsive until the error is cleared.

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Error codes for Maytag HE dishwashers

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 1-1
Error Condition | Electronic control board is detecting a stuck electrical relay on the circuit board
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher for 5 minutes to try and reset. If the error code comes back when power is applied then check the wiring and the components. If the wiring and components check out then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 1-2
Error Condition | All the lights are on as the user interface control is not compatible with the electronic control board
Repair or Check | This error code will show when the wrong user interface control is installed.
Replacement Parts Required | User Interface Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 2-1
Error Condition | Electronic control board detects a stuck key button on the control panel
Repair or Check | If no keys work replace the electronic control panel. If the control panel is damaged then replace the electronic control panel. If the control panel is in working order then the problem may be within the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Control Panel – Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 2-2
Error Condition | User interface control unable to communicate with the electronic control board
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher. Check the wiring between the user interface control and the electronic control board. If the wires and connections check out then replace the user interface control board. If the problem comes back then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | User Interface Control Board – Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 3-1
Error Condition | There may be a break in the electrical wiring OR the thermistor (water temp sensor) component failed. The optical water indicator that detects the amount of debris in the water may have also failed.
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and check the wiring for the thermistor and optical water indicator circuit. If the circuit wiring checks okay then replace the thermistor and optical water indicator component.
Replacement Parts Required | Thermistor – Optical Water Indicator (OWI) – Wire Harness

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 3-2
Error Condition | The Thermistor / Optical Water Indicator circuit is electrically shorted
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and check the wiring for the thermistor / optical water indicator circuit. If the circuit wiring checks okay then replace the thermistor / optical water indicator component.
Replacement Parts Required | Thermistor – Optical Water Indicator (OWI) – Wire Harness







Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 3-3
Error Condition | Optical Water Indicator (OWI) has failed
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and clean the optical water indicator. If the error code comes back once you apply power then replace the optical water indicator (OWI).
Replacement Parts Required | Thermistor – Optical Water Indicator (OWI)

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 4-3
Error Condition | Communication stopped from the wash pump motor and the electronic control board
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and check the wiring from the wash pump motor to the electronic control board. If the wiring checks to be okay then replace the wash pump. If the problem comes back then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Wash Pump Motor – Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 5-1
Error Condition | Dishwasher door will not shut (Door Latch Issue)
Repair or Check | Press start button and close the dishwasher door. If the code shows then remove power to the dishwasher. Check the door latch assembly and the wiring for the door switch. If the latch assembly and the wiring are in place and check good then replace the door switch.
Replacement Parts Required | Door Switch – Door Latch Assembly

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 5-2
Error Condition | Dishwasher door will not open
Repair or Check | Check to be sure the wiring in the door switch checks good. If the door switch wiring checks good then replace the door switch.
Replacement Parts Required | Door Switch

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-1
Error Condition | Electronic control board does not detect water coming into the tub
Repair or Check | Remove power and turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. Be sure the water supplying the dishwasher has proper flow and good pressure. Check wiring to the water inlet valve. If the wiring checks good and the water supply checks out then replace the water inlet valve.
Replacement Parts Required | Water Inlet Valve







Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-2
Error Condition | The water inlet valve is having an electrical issue
Repair or Check | Remove power and turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. Be sure the water supplying the dishwasher has proper flow and good pressure. Check wiring to the water inlet valve. If the wiring checks good and the water supply checks out then replace the water inlet valve. If the problem persists then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Water Inlet Valve – Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-3
Error Condition | Air or SUDS are in the water pump
Repair or Check | Check the water fill level. Check for suds in the fill water at the bottom of the dishwasher tub. If the water fill level is low then replace the water inlet valve. If you find excess suds then check the detergent dispenser and replace it if damaged.
Replacement Parts Required | Water Inlet Valve – Detergent Dispenser

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-4
Error Condition | The float switch is electrically open or stuck
Repair or Check | Check the overfill float switch and make sure it is not stuck under there is something under it holding it up. Be sure the water inlet fill valve is shutting off the water when the dishwasher is turned off.
Replacement Parts Required | Water Inlet Valve – Overfill Float Switch

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-6
Error Condition | Water coming into dishwasher is too cold
Repair or Check | Use thermometer to check the water temperature coming into the dishwasher. If the water is lower than 110F degrees then check your water heater. Adjust water heater if needed. If the water temperature coming into the dishwasher is between 110F to 120F degrees then replace the thermistor / optical water indicator or as last resort the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Thermistor – Optical Water Indicator (OWI) – Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 6-7
Error Condition | Flow meter is not connected or faulty
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher. Check the wires to the flow meter. If the wiring checks good then replace the flow meter.
Replacement Parts Required | Flow Meter







Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 7-1
Error Condition | Heating element not heating
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher. Check the heating element and replace it if you find it to be burned or faulty. If the heating element checks good then check the wires to the heating element. If the wiring checks out then replace the heating element.
Replacement Parts Required | Heating Element

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 7-2
Error Condition | Heating element will not turn off – constant heat
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher for 10 minutes. If the error code comes back when you turn power back on then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Electronic Control Board

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 8-1
Error Condition | Water is draining too slow
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. Check the drain path to see if something is blocking it. If the drain path is clean and completely clear then check the wires on the drain pump. If the wiring check out then replace the drain pump.
Replacement Parts Required | Drain Pump

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 8-2
Error Condition | Electrical problem with drain pump
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. Check the wires on the drain pump. If the wiring checks out then replace the drain pump.
Replacement Parts Required | Drain Pump

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 8-3
Error Condition | Drain pump is stuck ON constantly
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher and check the drain pump wires. If there is damage to the the wire harness replace it. If the wiring harness checks out then replace the electronic control board.
Replacement Parts Required | Wire Harness – Electronic Control Board







Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 10-1
Error Condition | Electrical problem with dispenser
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher. Remove the outer door panel. Check the wires in the detergent dispenser. If the wiring check out then replace the detergent dispenser.
Replacement Parts Required | Detergent Dispenser

Maytag Dishwasher Error Code (Clean Light Flashing) 10-3
Error Condition | Drying fan issue
Repair or Check | Remove power to the dishwasher. Check the wires for the the drying fan. If the wiring checks out then replace the drying fan.
Replacement Parts Required | Drying Fan

These other Maytag dishwasher resource pages will help you with additional information with fixing or identifying a problem with your Maytag dishwasher: DIY fix your Maytag dishwasher on the cheap and Maytag Dishwasher Repair Manual and Repair. These resources will help you with fixing your Maytag dishwasher. If you need replacement parts for your Maytag dishwasher, see below for all the parts we have listed above that may be causing your Maytag dishwasher to have flashing or blinking lights.

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1 Diane Rogers October 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Maytag dishwasher MDB4949SDM1 displays Error codes E2 and F2.

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