- Control Panel (Stainless)
CustomerPatrick from TX
Our Maytag dishwasher went out; the lights on the control panel were lighting up randomly and we could not successfully initiate cycles anymore. After some research we came to know that the flat cable leading to the control panel was burned out/corroded. Hundreds (if not thousands) of people have reported this problem online. The flat cable is basically printed silver paste, not able to withstand heat or current very well. I tried fixing this myself but it's quite impossible. The cable is integrated with the CPL, so you can't replace it or repair it.
Star screwdriver (bit). Measure of common sense.
Repair & Advice
So after reading all the horrific stories of people trying to fix the flat cable by means of automotive rear window defogger paste to fix the flat cable paste lines (tried that too, doesn't work) I decided it was time to buy the control panel at Parts Dr. The part includes the flat cable (integrated) and the cable that connects to the computer box in the dishwasher (the old one on your dishwasher should still be fine to use too). So once I received the part from Parts Dr. (promptly within 3 days) it was a simple matter replacing the control panel and hooking up the cable to the computer box, and putting the dishwasher door back together. If you're not sure about what you're doing or are afraid you can't remember the order of things, take some pictures along the way when you're dismantling the dishwasher door so that you can consult those if you're not sure how to put it back together. Once the new CPL was installed and the dishwasher door put back together, I tried to push buttons to start a cycle. Oh no... same problem... various button lights came on that shouldn't have come on... Needless to say my heart sank. Then I remembered reading somewhere to turn off the breaker that feeds the dishwasher power. I then went to the dishwasher and pressed some buttons (just in case some transistors or capacitors retained some electricity); I then turned the breaker back on and VOILA! Everything worked as it should. We've already done 4 or 5 loads since then and I'm happy to report we have our dishwasher back!