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MDB8959SFZ4 Maytag Dishwasher - Overview

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Lower Dishrack Wheel – Part Number: W10195416
Lower Dishrack Wheel
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PartSelect #: PS3406971
Manufacturer #: W10195416
This OEM gray Dishwasher Lower Dishrack Wheel Assembly is a plastic kit that allows the rack to slide in and out of the dishwasher easily. If it breaks or becomes damaged. sliding will feel difficult....
$58.71
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Door Balance Link Kit – Part Number: 8194001
Door Balance Link Kit
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PartSelect #: PS972325
Manufacturer #: 8194001
The door balance kit helps support the dishwasher door. This kit includes 2 door balance links and 2 door balance mounts with wheels.
$42.23
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Mounting Bracket – Part Number: WP8269145
Mounting Bracket
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PartSelect #: PS11745496
Manufacturer #: WP8269145
Sold individually. This part secures the upper side of the dishwasher to the underside of the counter or cabinet to prevent the dishwasher from moving, shaking, or tilting forward.
$21.49
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Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Left Side – Part Number: W11259785
Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Left Side
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PartSelect #: PS12584376
Manufacturer #: W11259785
$107.44
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Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Right Side – Part Number: W11259786
Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Right Side
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PartSelect #: PS12584377
Manufacturer #: W11259786
$91.55
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Dishwasher Drain Pump – Part Number: WPW10348269
Dishwasher Drain Pump
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PartSelect #: PS11753379
Manufacturer #: WPW10348269
$117.26
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Dishwasher Door Seal – Part Number: W11177741
Dishwasher Door Seal
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PartSelect #: PS12348515
Manufacturer #: W11177741
Door seal seals the gap between the opening to the dishwasher tub and the outer edge of the door.
$86.11
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Touch-Up Paint - White – Part Number: 72017
Touch-Up Paint - White
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PartSelect #: PS385132
Manufacturer #: 72017
This 18 ml bottle of white appliance touch-up paint is used to cover scratches or marks on your appliance. The white touch-up paint can be used on refrigerators, microwaves, ranges, clothes dryers, an...
$9.68
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Dishwasher Heating Element – Part Number: W10703867
Dishwasher Heating Element
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PartSelect #: PS9494999
Manufacturer #: W10703867
The heating element is not designed to heat the water that enters it, but is designed to maintain the heat of the water that enters the dishwasher. It is located on the bottom of the dishwasher.
$119.07
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Drain Hose – Part Number: 8269144A
Drain Hose
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PartSelect #: PS2358130
Manufacturer #: 8269144A
This drain hose is 6 and 1/2 feet.
$40.29
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Water Inlet Valve – Part Number: WPW10327249
Water Inlet Valve
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PartSelect #: PS11752927
Manufacturer #: WPW10327249
This water inlet valve should be located behind the lower kickplate panel in either the right or left corner. The attaching solenoids on the valve open and close according to the desired amount of water needed.
$95.12
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Retainer Clip - White – Part Number: WPW10503549
Retainer Clip - White
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PartSelect #: PS11755737
Manufacturer #: WPW10503549
This part is used to hold the access panel in place. Sold individually.
$9.45
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Dan
January 19, 2020
I am able to select the cycle i want and the timer displays but when i press the start button, it doesn't go into count down to start the machine. I read the answer provided above but i have the same issue but the start up button does not light up. I have already replaced the control panel. Any ideas?
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Hello Dan, thank you for your question. We would recommend testing/replacing the door latch Door Latch - Black Part Number: WPW10653840, Thermostat Part Number: WPW10195091 and Overfill Control Switch Part Number: WPW10195039. I hope this helps.

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Thomas
July 13, 2021
Dishwasher won't power on. At one point in the day when it wasn't in use, it flashed and beeped unexpectedly. Then later on, when loaded, wouldn't power on at all. Power connection tested, breaker tested, all fine.
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Hello Thomas, Thank you for the question. This normally indicates the Control Boar, PartSelect Number PS11769634 is defective and may need to be replaced. We hope this helps!

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Brian
January 17, 2020
I am able to select the cycle i want and the timer displays but when i press the start button, it doesn't go into count down to start the machine.
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Hello Brian, Thank you for your question. We would recommend testing the latch switches under part PS11756967 for your model. If the start button is lit up but the unit won't start, the latch switches may not be functioning properly. These switches, when activated, tell the unit that its ok to start the wash cycle. If the switches are not the issue, then the control panel would be the next step. We hope this helps.

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Doug
March 10, 2023
For a quite a while the start button had to be pushed down hard to get the dishwasher started Now it only works on certain settings not on the quick cycle that is usually used
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Hi Doug, thank you for bringing this question to our attention. According to our research, we would recommend checking the control panel assembly, part number PS11769756, to fix the issue. We hope this sorts out your problem!

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Floyd
January 3, 2023
WHEN I FIRST START THE DISHWASHER IT WHISTLES AND EACH TIME IT CYCLES . THINKING ITS THE WATER VALVE, YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE.
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Hello Floyd, thank you for contacting us. Yes, a faulty water inlet valve, part number PS11752927, can cause this issue. The diaphragm inside the inlet valve can deteriorate and deform after years of use. When this happens, the water passing through the valve can produce a loud buzzing, squealing, or whistling sound. Customer service is available 7 days a week if you require assistance placing an order. Thanks again for reaching out!

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Replaced Hinge Link
Pulled dishwasher from under counter, attached link to spring, hooked spring back into frame/chassis, threaded link through pulleys, attached other end of link onto door, reinstalled dishwasher under counter. All's well. Note-I purchased an extra link anticipating that the other one will fail. They're cheap enough.
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Door Balance Link Kit
  • Scott from Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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dishwasher not draining after wash cycle
Caviat: The actual repair is less than 15 minutes, but I spent a lot of time playing with it before I figured out it was that easy and fast. You don't need to remove the dishwasher from the counter to do this. And it will probably help to look at the new part closely so you can understand where the retainer clip is to press it and release the old pump.

First remove the water from the dishwasher pan that would not drain with a wet/dry vac. Otherwise the water will all drain on the floor when you remove the pump. Then remove the two screws on the kickplate on the front of the unit below the door. Remove the kickplate/maintainence access cover. The drain pump is on the right about 8 inches in. Using two hands you grasp the drain pump with your right hand and use the left hand to push the retaining clip down. Then the drain pump will rotate 1/4 turn counterclockwise and can be removed without pulling the dishwasher out. There is likely to be some water leak out that was traped in the pump housing that you can not reach with the vac. Disconnect the wire. Connect the wire to the new pump, put it in place and 1/4 turn clockwise to install it. Replace the kickplate and you're done.
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Dishwasher Drain Pump
  • Andrew from Alexandria, VA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Door spring link broken
1. Open the dishwasher and remove the two plastic grommets about halfway down on either side of the opening. Then remove the two screws under the grommets.

2. Remove the kick plate under the door. May have to lower unit by turning the feet using the adjustable wrench.

3. Make sure you have enough slack in the water input line and electrical wiring that you can pull the dishwasher out about 12 inches or more.

4. There is a spring and nylon rope link on both sides of the unit. Probably just one link is broken, but the replacement comes with two, so you can replace both or save one as a spare. Look at the good side and it should be pretty self explanatory how it attaches. I found it easiest to first thread the link around the lower pulley, then attach the link to the spring, then spring to the rear support, then the link to the door.

5. Reverse (2 to 1) to reinstall the dishwasher.
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Door Balance Link Kit
  • Sean from Ramona, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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