User Manual Maytag MDBTT59AWB dishwashers

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Quick Steps

1. Prepare and load dishwasher.

2. Add detergent for cleaning and rinse aid for drying.

3. Select a cycle and option.

4. Start dishwasher.

Dishwasher Use


Prepare and Load the Dishwasher

IMPORTANT: Remove leftover food, bones, toothpicks and other hard items from the dishes. Remove labels from containers before washing.

Rack loading

Upper rack

Lower rack

Alternative rack loading

Upper rack

Lower rack

  • Make sure nothing keeps spray arm(s) from spinning freely. It is important for the water spray to reach all soiled surfaces.

  • Make sure that when the dishwasher door is closed no items are blocking the detergent dispenser.
  • Items should be loaded with soiled surfaces facing down and inward to the spray as shown. This will improve cleaning and drying results.
  • Avoid overlapping items like bowls or plates that may trap food.
  • Place plastics, small plates and glasses in the upper rack. Wash only plastic items marked “dishwasher safe.”
  • To avoid thumping/clattering noises during operation: Load dishes so they do not touch one another. Make sure lightweight load items are secured in the racks.
  • When loading silverware, always place sharp items pointing down. Mix some of the items having some pointing up and some items pointing down.


Add Detergent

NOTE: If you do not plan to run a wash cycle soon. run a rinse cycle. Do not use detergent.

  • Use automatic dishwasher detergent only. Add powder. liquid or tablet detergent just before starting a cycle.
  • Fresh automatic dishwasher detergent results in better cleaning. Store tightly closed detergent container in a cool. dry place.
  • The amount of detergent to use depends on:

How much soil remains on the items - Heavily soiled loads require more detergent.

The hardness of the water - If you use too little in hard water. dishes won't be clean. If you use too much in soft water. glassware will etch.

Soft to Medium Water (0-6 grains per U.S. gallon) [typical water softener water and some city water]

Medium to Hard Water (7-12 grains per U.S. gallon) [well water and some city water]

  • Depending on your water hardness. fill the Main Wash section of the dispenser as shown. Fill the Pre-Wash section to the level shown. if needed.

NOTE: Fill amounts shown are for standard powdered detergent. Follow instructions on the package when using other dishwasher detergent.

Add Rinse Aid

Your dishwasher is designed to use rinse aid for good drying performance. Without rinse aid your dishes and dishwasher interior will have excessive moisture. The heat dry option will not perform as well without rinse aid.

  • Rinse aid keeps water from forming droplets that can dry as spots or streaks. It also improves drying by allowing water to drain off of the dishes after the final rinse.
  • Rinse aid helps to reduce excess moisture on the dish racks and interior of your dishwasher.
  • Check the rinse aid indicator. Add rinse aid when indicator drops to “Refill” level.
  • To add rinse aid. turn the dispenser cap counterclockwise and lift off. Pour rinse aid into the opening until the indicator window looks full. Replace the dispenser cap and turn clockwise. Make sure cap is fully locked.

NOTE: For most water conditions. the factory setting of 2 will give good results. If you have hard water or notice rings or spots. try a higher setting. Turn the arrow adjuster inside the dispenser by either using your fingers or inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into the center of the arrow and turning.


Select a Cycle (cycles vary by model)

Heavier cycles and options affect cycle length. Some cycles and options will take up to 3¹⁄₂ hours to complete.

Select Options (options vary by model)

You can customize your cycles by pressing the options desired and press Start/Resume.


Start or Resume a Cycle

  • Run hot water at the sink nearest your dishwasher until the water is hot. Turn off water.
  • Push door firmly closed. The door latches automatically. Select the wash cycle and options desired and press START/RESUME OR press START/ RESUME to repeat the same cycle and options as in the previous wash cycle.
  • You can add an item anytime before the main wash starts. Open the door slowly and add the item. Close the door firmly. Press the START/RESUME button. the cycle resumes automatically at the point of interruption.

For fully integrated models (controls on top of console)

  • Select the wash cycle and options desired.
  • Press the START/RESUME button once and close the door. After a brief pause. the cycle will begin. The door must be closed within 3 seconds after pushing START/RESUME or the lights will flash. and the dishwasher will not begin. Press the START/RESUME button again and shut the door within 3 seconds.

You can add an item anytime before the main wash starts. Open the door slowly and add the item. Press the START/RESUME then close the door.

Cycle and Option Descriptions

This information covers several different models. Your dishwasher may not have all the cycles and options described.


Cycle MinimumCycle + Options Minimum*Maximum
Use for any loads with heavy, normal or light amounts of food soil.Designed to select the number of water fills best suited for the soil level of each load. During the wash, the wash action will repeatedly pause for several seconds.0:551:213:39
Use for hard-to-clean, heavily soiled pots, pans, casseroles, and regular tableware.This cycle forces maximum time water and heat. During the wash, the wash action will repeatedly pause for several seconds.1:091:353:50
Use for loads with normal amounts of food soil.The energy-usage label is based on this cycle. During the wash, the wash action will repeatedly pause for several seconds.1:041:303:46
Use for lightly soiled items or china and crystal.During the wash, the wash action will repeatedly pause for several seconds.0:471:132:56
Use for rinsing dishes, glasses, and silverware that will not be washed right away

This cycle does not dry.

Do not use detergent. During the wash, the wash action will repeatedly pause for several seconds.


You can customize your cycle by selecting an option.

See option selections. If you change your mind, press the option again to turn off the option, or select a different option. You can change an option anytime before the selected option begins.

*Maximum wash times depend on water temperature, heavy soil condition, dish load size and options selected.


Use for loads with tough food soil.Depending upon which cycle is being used, adds heat and/ or wash time to the cycle.Heavy, Normal, & Auto Clean Plus cycles
Loads containing tough, baked-on food.

Increases the target water temperature during the wash portions of the cycle.

Adds heat, wash time and water to the cycle.

Heavy, Normal, & Auto Clean Plus cycles

Heated dry

Heated dry: For best drying results, dry dishes with heat.

Turn OFF when loads contain plastic dinnerware that may be sensitive to high temperatures.

This option with the use of rinse aid will provide the best drying performance.

Heavy, Normal, Light, or Auto Clean Plus
To sanitize your dishes and glassware in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standard 184 for Residential Dishwashers.

Raises the water temperature in the final rinse to approximately 154°F (68°C). This high temperature rinse sanitizes your dishes and glassware in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standard 184 for Residential Dishwashers. Certified residential dishwashers are not intended for licensed food establishments.

The Sanitize option adds heat and time to the cycle.

Heavy, Normal, Light, or Auto Clean Plus
To run your dishwasher at a later time or during offpeak hours.

Delays the start of a cycle up to 6 hours.

Select a wash cycle and options. Press Delay. Press START/ RESUME. Close the door firmly within 3 seconds. For fully integrated models ((controls on top of console).

All cycles

Control Lock

To avoid unintended use of your dishwasher, or cycle and option changes during a cycle.

To turn on Lock, press and hold Heated Dry for at least 3 seconds.

To turn off Lock, press and hold Heated Dry for at least 3 seconds.

When Control Lock is lit, all buttons are disabled. If you press any pad while your dishwasher is locked, the light flashes 5 times. The dishwasher door can be opened while the controls are locked.


IMPORTANT: The sensor in your dishwasher monitors the soil level. Cycle time and/or water usage can vary as the sensor adjusts the cycle for the best wash performance. If the incoming water is less than the recommended temperature or food soils are heavy, the cycle will automatically compensate by adding time, heat and water as needed.


To start or resume a wash cycleIf the door is opened during a cycle or the power is interrupted, all lights will flash to indicate a suspended cycle. The cycle will not resume until the door is closed, and the START/RESUME button is pushed.
To cancel wash cycleClose the door firmly. The dishwasher starts a 2-minute drain (if needed). Let the dishwasher drain completely

To follow the progress and status of your dishwasher cycle

The “Clean” indicator glows when a cycle is finished.

If you select the Sanitize option, when the Sanitize cycle is finished, the Sanitized indicator glows. If your dishwasher did not properly sanitize your dishes, the light will be blinking. This can happen if the cycle is interrupted, or the water could not be heated to the required temperature. The clean and sanitize lights go off when the door has been opened for more than 30 seconds or the CANCEL key is pressed.

The “Washing” indicator glows at the start of the first fill of any cycle (except Rinse Only) and remains on until the end of the main wash cycle.

The “Drying” indicator glows during the drying portion of each cycle (except Rinse Only).

Dishwasher Features

Your Maytag dishwasher may have some or all of these features.

Split & Fit™ Utensil Basket

The split silverware basket can be separated and placed in various locations in the lower rack. Load flatware and utensils into both sections or just one, depending on your load.