I used to love the Maytag brand. My old dishwasher lasted more than 20 years when I replace it with a new one a year and half ago. You can't be wrong choosing a Maytag, I thought. But I was deadly wrong.
Last week my 1.5 year old Maytag dishwasher suddenly quit working. The "Start" button won't respond, so is gone my confidence with Maytag. I searched the internet and found many unhappy customers complaining the same: the touch buttons failed shortly after the warranty expired. There are basically two options, one is to get the repairman here to fix it. The chances are that he will just replace the control panel, as well as the control board with about $150 each. Labor is probably another $150, which would easily totals to $450, about the same amount as a new dishwasher. The other option is to simply buy a new one, and trash the old-new one - what a waste! The premature failed dishwasher would be in the landfill, and polluting the environment, or used as scrap metal, wasting energy. Either way you are a loser, while the salesman will be laughing all his way to the bank.
I searched the web for DIY solutions, and learned to get the diagnostic manual from the bottom panel, and then found the root cause for the failure, and finally fixed it with very little cost. Now my dishwasher is working again. Here is how I did it step by step. Hope you can benefit from the instructions here.