How to Reset Maytag Dishwasher Models

By SmartHomeBit Staff •  Updated: 12/25/22 •  6 min read

A system reset won’t fix every Maytag dishwasher problem, but it’s a simple way to fix many common issues.

In this guide, we’ll talk about the reset process, as well as some other ways to diagnose your machine.


When your dishwasher stops responding or the lights start blinking, a reset can often solve the problem.

The following steps will work on most Maytag dishwasher models, but not all.

Check your owner’s manual for more guidance.

First, look for the Cancel/Resume button, which should not be illuminated.

Press it, then unplug your dishwasher from the outlet.

If you can’t get to the plug or the dishwasher is hardwired, turn off the breaker instead.

Keep in mind that this will also shut down any other electronics on the same breaker.

Wait 1 minute, then plug the dishwasher back in or turn the breaker on again.

At this point, you should be able to run a wash cycle.

If not, you’ll have to dig deeper to solve your problem.

As we discussed, the standard reset process doesn’t work on all Maytag models.

Let’s look at some other models and how to reset them.


Dishwasher Not Working? How to Reset Maytag Dishwasher Models


Resetting the Maytag 300 Dishwasher

To reset the Maytag 300, first, open the door.

Then press the following buttons in sequence: Heated Dry, Normal, Heated Dry, Normal.

Do this as quickly as possible and close the door immediately.

The reset process will take a few minutes to complete.


Resetting the Maytag Jet Dry Dishwasher

To reset the Maytag Jet Dry, open the door and then close it again.

Press the Rinse button five times, then press the Drain/Off button twice.

This isn’t technically a reset; you’re turning off the machine’s demo mode.


Resetting the Maytag MDB7749AWB2 Dishwasher

With the door shut, disconnect the dishwasher from its power supply.

Next, open the door and wait for five minutes.

Leave the door open and reconnect the power, then close the door.

Press the Heated Dry button 6 times, and the Start button once.

You’ll have to complete all button presses within 8 seconds.

The dishwasher will now run a series of self-tests and reset when it’s finished.

In some cases, an error message will appear to let you know the machine requires a repair.


Maytag MDB8959AWS5 Dishwasher

Open the door, then press the following buttons as quickly as possible: High Temp Wash, Heat Dry, then High Temp Wash again, then Heat Dry again.

Close the door, and wait a few minutes for the system to reset.


Resetting the Maytag Quiet Series 200 Dishwasher

The Quiet Series 200 is very easy to reset.

Unplug it or switch off the breaker, then wait for one minute before restoring power.

That’s all there is to it.


The Reset Didn’t Fix My Dishwasher – What Now?

In some cases, resetting your dishwasher won’t solve the problem.

That’s when you’ll have to dig a little bit deeper.

Here are some common issues and how to resolve them.

The child lock is activated.

Most Maytag dishwashers come with a control lock function that deactivates all the buttons.

On some models, a light will flash when you press locked buttons; on others, nothing will happen.

Press and hold the lock button for three seconds to unlock the controls.

Consult your owner’s manual if you can’t find the lock button.

Your dishwasher is in sleep mode.

Some Maytag models go into sleep or standby mode after a period of disuse.

You can “wake up” the dishwasher by pressing the Start/Resume or Cancel button or by opening and closing the door.

The Delay Start mode is activated.

Delay Start is a special function that allows you to load dishes and detergent and run a cycle later on.

If you activated this function by mistake, the machine won’t start right away when you press the Start/Resume button.

Instead, a timer will start.

To cancel the Delay Start function, press the Delay button, and the wash cycle should start immediately.

The door isn’t latched.

A dishwasher may appear to be closed when the latch isn’t secure.

Double-check that your door is closing all the way and that there are no obstructions.

You should also check the orientation of your lower dish rack.

A backward lower dish rack can prevent the door from closing.

The power is disconnected.

Ensure that the dishwasher is plugged in and that the cord is in good condition.

Go to your breaker box and see if the breaker has flipped.

If it has, turn it back on.

If it hasn’t, turn it off and then back on in a few seconds.

Your water supply is disconnected.

Locate the water supply line and make sure it’s not kinked.

Follow it to the supply valve and double-check that the valve is all the way open.

It’s also wise to check your owner’s manual for other potential water supply issues.

The dishwasher won’t stop running.

The timer may run down to 1, then reset to 99 instead of running down to 0.

To fix this problem, open the door, then press and hold the Drain Off button while you close it.

The dishwasher will drain, and the timer will go to 0.


In Summary – Resetting Your Maytag Dishwasher

Resetting your Maytag dishwasher can be as simple as unplugging it and plugging it back in again.

It can solve many common issues and restore a locked control panel to operation.

If nothing else, it can be the first step in a longer diagnostic process.




Where is the Maytag dishwasher reset button?

Maytag dishwashers don’t have a reset button.

Instead, you can reset most models by disconnecting power, waiting for one minute, and reconnecting it again.


Why would I have to reset my Maytag dishwasher?

There are several possible reasons.

You might have to reset your dishwasher because you accidentally activated a delayed wash cycle or engaged the child lock.

Other more serious issues such as mechanical failures will require servicing.

SmartHomeBit Staff