Operating steps, Step 2 rinse aid step 1 hot water, Detergent usage guide – Maytag PDB1100AWE User Manual

Page 4: Powder or liquid)

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Use no detergent

Use no detergent

Use no detergent

Step 2 Rinse Aid

Step 1 Hot Water

Operating Steps

Step 3 Detergent

Step 4 Starting the


Step 5 Adding a

Forgotten Item


Heavy Wash

Normal Wash

Light Wash

Rinse Only

A liquid rinse aid dispenser automatically releases a mea-
sured amount of rinse aid into the final rinse portion of each

To fill the dispenser, turn the cap counterclockwise to open.
Pour the rinse aid into the reservoir. Replace the cap and be
sure it is securely in place before closing the dishwasher
door. Check the dispenser monthly and refill as needed.

Rinse aid is available in solid form for models without a liq-
uid dispenser. When using a solid rinse aid, fasten it to the
back right corner of the lower rack. Purchase more rinse aid
when the material dissolves and the container is empty.

For best results, the incoming water temperature should be
120°-140°F. Check the water temperature by turning on the
hot water faucet nearest the dishwasher and letting it run
into a glass in the sink. Place a candy thermometer in the
glass and check the temperature once it has stopped rising. If
it is below 120°F have a qualified person raise the water
heater setting.

Helpful hints:

• If the outside temperature is unusually low, or if your

water travels a long distance from the water heater to the
dishwasher, you may need to increase your home’s water
heater setting and/or select water heating options on
your dishwasher.

• If you have not used hot water for awhile, the water in the

pipes will be cold. Turn on the hot water faucet at the sink
and allow it to run until the water is hot. Start the dish-

• If you have recently done laundry or run hot water for

showers, your water heater may need time to recover
before operating the dishwasher.


(0-3 gpg)


(4-9 gpg)


(10-12 gpg)

Main Cup

3 tsp. min.

3 tsp. min.

Open Cup

3 tsp. min.


Main Cup

4-9 tsp.

4-9 tsp.

Open Cup

4-9 tsp.


Main Cup

10-12 tsp.

10-12 tsp.

Open Cup

10-12 tsp.


* Your local
water utility or
state university
extension ser-
vice can tell you
the degree of
water hardness
in your area.

Use a detergent designed specifically for use in an automatic
dishwasher. Other types (laundry, hand soap, etc,) will cause
oversudsing. Be sure to use fresh detergent and store it in a
cool, dry place (not under the sink).

The amount of detergent to use depends on the water hard-
ness measured in grains per gallon (gpg) and the amount of
soil on the dishes. Generally detergent amounts should be
increased for harder water and heavier soil.

A basic guideline is one teaspoon of detergent for each
grain of water hardness.

Use a minimum of three teaspoons

in soft water.*

If the water hardness is 15 gpg or harder, it is difficult to
achieve good results with any dishwasher. The solution is a
mechanical water softener to improve water quality, deter-
gent effectiveness, and to protect the dishwasher parts from
the damage that hard water deposits may cause.

Detergent Usage Guide

(powder or liquid)

• After loading the dishwasher and adding detergent, set

the control knob to the desired cycle and press the appro-
priate buttons.

• Press the door until it latches. The cycle will begin with a

drain prior to a fill.

For best cleaning, the forgotten item should be added early
in the cycle.

1. Unlatch the door.
2. Wait for the water circulation to stop.
3. Open the door and add the item.
4. Close and latch the door.
5. The cycle resumes automatically.

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