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Our Maytag mdb8949sam0 dishwasher we just installed does not

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Our Maytag mdb8949sam0 dishwasher we just installed does not start right away when we push the start button. It takes 6-10 minutes and then it just starts up. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Medic replied 1 year ago.

Hi, that's odd. Do you have hot water plumbed to the unit? Is the hot water heater really far? If you run the water at the sink until it's really hot and then start a cycle, does it do the same thing?

Thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It takes the water in the sink a couple minutes to start getting hot. Does the dishwasher need the water to get hot to start running? The start light does not come on when we push it right away.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The dishwasher we just replaced did not have any problems like that getting started. Any suggestions?
Expert:  Appliance Medic replied 1 year ago.

The water needs to be 120 degrees going into the machine or it will take 5-10 minutes for the dishwasher to heat the water up. After you press start, you have 5 seconds to close the door. If you do not close the door in time, it will not start. We work on the honor system here at Just Answers. Were not credited for our work until you rate our answer positively. Once you my answers positively the question does not close. You can come back and ask additional questions for no additional charge. Thanks

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you mean close the door within 5 seconds? The door is closed when we press start isn't it? Is there a way to fix this problem (waiting 5-10 minutes for it to start)? Suggestions? Why did my other washer (16 years old) not have this problem?
Expert:  Appliance Medic replied 1 year ago.

First parts look up showed the panel on the front not the top. It's the same unit just different placement of the control panel. Yes, try running the hot water at the sink until it's hot. New dishwashers get half as hot for half as long...We work on the honor system here at Just Answers. Were not credited for our work until you rate our answer positively. Once you my answers positively the question does not close. You can come back and ask additional questions for no additional charge. Thanks

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