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Maytag Performa Dishwasher
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Post# 941809   6/4/2017 at 21:22 (321 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Hey everyone,
There is a Maytag Performa dishwasher in the house I am purchasing. Can someone give me some information on it? I have included a pic of a convertible model but mine is actually built in

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Post# 941810 , Reply# 1   6/4/2017 at 21:30 (321 days old) by Whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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Don't know much about these but I've always been a sucker for anything with a heat delay light \_(ツ)_/

Post# 941811 , Reply# 2   6/4/2017 at 21:36 (321 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Heating Delay

I have never had a dishwasher with a heating delay so I'm kinda looking forward to trying it out. Sad it will soon be pulled out and sent to Habitat for Humanity

Post# 941813 , Reply# 3   6/4/2017 at 21:57 (321 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Is this the machine with the drain solenoid?

Personally, anything with Performa on it is a sign to run, not walk, away from what ever holds that name. Performa was Maytag's half baked attempt at budget appliances that helped run the company into the ground. Maybe this machine is better, but if anything like the washers it is junk.

Post# 941815 , Reply# 4   6/4/2017 at 22:08 (321 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

I'm not sure about the drain solenoid. I don't close on the house until the 15th but as soon as I do, I'll test it out and let you guys know.

Post# 941837 , Reply# 5   6/5/2017 at 02:57 (321 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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If it's set up anything like my Jetclean, the heating delay won't kick in unless the water is below a certain temperature.  In the 20 years I've owned mine, the light has only come on maybe 3 times....twice when I had used lots of hot water and it wasn't fully reheated yet when it filled and once when the detergent foamed up a bunch for whatever reason.  But my water heater is set somewhere around 150 so it had no reason to delay and heat the water.  That looks like a Magic Chef dishwasher to me.

Post# 941846 , Reply# 6   6/5/2017 at 05:01 (321 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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This is like the equivalent of a Maytag MDB4000.  No it doesn't have a drain solenoid.  It may not have as good a filtration as its siblings.  A slightly lower "hp" pump.  Vinyl rather than nylon racks.  But you still may be quite surprised it cleans fine.  Pots & Pans with water heat SHOULD cause the heating delay to happen earlier in the main wash than normal wash & water heat on. 

Post# 943486 , Reply# 7   6/14/2017 at 19:33 (311 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

I was able to get inside the townhouse and check some things out. I turned on the dishwasher and ran a cycle. The cycle does not stop to heat the water. I just continues the cycle while the water heater is on. Here are some of the positives I noted. The water gets to 145f-150f in sani cycle, racking allows for a good arrangement of plates, and it seems to clean well.

Post# 943716 , Reply# 8   6/16/2017 at 07:38 (310 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I'd like to see the inside, the wash arm design, etc.

Post# 945614 , Reply# 9   6/27/2017 at 18:48 (298 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Requested pics

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Post# 945615 , Reply# 10   6/27/2017 at 18:56 (298 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Ohh very nice.
That's the horizontal mechanism maytag. The solenoid drain.
With some kind of passive filter in the middle.

Post# 945654 , Reply# 11   6/28/2017 at 02:46 (298 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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it certainly doesn't have the "jetclean" wash arm does it?  I'll bet it could be fitted with one though.

Post# 945715 , Reply# 12   6/28/2017 at 11:09 (297 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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You do not want the Jetclean arm in here.
This is a mechanism similar to GE where it grinds up food and only partially separates it. So food particles would very quickly clog that Jetclean arm and tower.

Post# 945748 , Reply# 13   6/28/2017 at 16:01 (297 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Looks familiar

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Wash arm is very GE esque. Big holes spaced far apart. I'm with john, a jet clean arm will clog up due to the lack of direct water filtration.

Post# 945999 , Reply# 14   6/30/2017 at 10:30 (296 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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These were introduced to compete with cheap GEs FDs and WPs clean wash DWs.

Maytag should never put their name [ or the Jenn-air Name for that matter ] on these cheap poor performing and poor durability DWs, this is one of many products that put MT out of business.

Post# 946015 , Reply# 15   6/30/2017 at 12:37 (295 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
what does

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heat delay mean? I saw a water heating light on the panel.....I guess I'm drying to understand what's so great about delaying the water heating in the dishwasher? If that's what that means.

Post# 946025 , Reply# 16   6/30/2017 at 13:03 (295 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Heat delay means the cycle progress is stalled while water heating happens.

Post# 946071 , Reply# 17   6/30/2017 at 16:57 (295 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Heat delay

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A thermal hold. The timer motor will pause in certain parts of the cycle and not move until the water reaches a certain temperature say 140*F.

Combo is also spot on again. These were made to compete with other BOLs, but it was simply one of those things that helped ruin Maytag's name. And FWIW if Maytag had simply taken out the blower and heat delay they could have easily gotten down the cost to the point landlords and builders would have considered these over GE. But rather they designed it as though it was headed for the average working family but with a wash system headed apartments.

Post# 946074 , Reply# 18   6/30/2017 at 17:35 (295 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Useless Junk!

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These VILE excuses for a DW bear NO resemblance to a true MT Jetclean of the same era which worked quite well. Get it out of your house. No good can come of using it.

Post# 946114 , Reply# 19   6/30/2017 at 20:35 (295 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Its headed to craigslist as soon as I get a chance to pull it

Post# 946141 , Reply# 20   6/30/2017 at 23:07 (295 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Someone will pick it up for a rental property, it's in reasonably good condition. My mother had a similar d/w in her new home, built in '03. Shortly after they ran it the first time, I pulled it out and insulated it all around. Helped some, but at the end of a peninsula in an open living room, dining, kitchen space, it did little good. Within 2 years, the racks were rusting and we pitched it.

Post# 946428 , Reply# 21   7/2/2017 at 20:49 (293 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

it has some light "rack rot" like I call it. Its only on the upper rack right front first 2 cross bars

Post# 946455 , Reply# 22   7/3/2017 at 01:17 (293 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I thought I remembered seeing some Jennair units with this interior before they took the stainless tub Jetcleans and made them Jennairs.

Post# 947732 , Reply# 23   7/11/2017 at 20:16 (284 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Contiuned poor performance

After several washes the Performa continues to not perform. It is yet to get an entire load of dishes clean!!!! It took two trips through the dishwasher to get still moist cake mix off the bottom of my kitchen aid mixing bowl. Soo ready for this thing to leave my kitchen.

Post# 947734 , Reply# 24   7/11/2017 at 20:32 (284 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Yeahhhh there's better machines out there.

Post# 948237 , Reply# 25   7/14/2017 at 23:18 (281 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

I had one of these in a portable for a very short time (got it to repair and resell) and it seemed to perform just fine. Nothing spectacular, but definitely adequate. Sounds like you may have something wrong with yours if it can't remove cake batter.

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