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Just did the automatic function test on my maytag dishwasher

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Just did the "automatic function test" on my maytag dishwasher and it flashed "Motor - low current."
what does this mean?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Robert replied 6 years ago.

Robert :

Hello.

Robert :

Low current readings are indicative of a failing motor assy on the Maytag dishwashers.

Robert :

The reading could be of by .5 amps and give this reading.

Robert :

Is the dishwasher cleaning properly?

Customer:

so is this something a technician needs to fix or is there anything I can do (moderate handyman skills)?

Customer:

the appliance is probalbly ~15 years old and probably would be replaced within a year in any event.

Robert :

You could replace the motor. It is not difficult. You would just have to uninstall the dishwasher and lay it on its back.

Robert :

15years....

Robert :

I wouldn't put the kind of money the motor will cost into one that old

Robert :

Just my opinion.

Customer:

yeah - i figure $100 to get a technician to walk in the door plus what - another 100 or so (more?) for the parts, labour, etc...

Customer:

i just need it to last 3 months til we're ready to redo our kitchen...

Robert :

That is right on track. 200-250 for the repair.

Robert :

It should be okay.

Robert :

Just pre rinse your dishes to help it out.

Robert :

I just hope it holds out for you.

Customer:

oops - missed your question re: cleaning - it is doing nothing - water pooling at the bottom, makes a noise to start, and then stops mid-cycle. with the water in the bottom. it just started this yesterday. not sure what caused it.

Robert :

Oh...the motor is already toasted. The age and rust buildup over years is usually the cause.

Robert :

You could try to kill the power to it and manually turn the motors rotor from the bottom to POSSIBLY get it turning again. This may get you a little more time.

Robert :

I am sorry to give you the bad news. L

Robert :

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer:

yeah, thanks.

Customer:

i was just hoping i could do something to stretch it out...

Robert :

Try the motor thing and keep your fingers crossed.

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