Frigidaire dishwasher troubleshooting

Frigidaire dishwasher troubleshooting

Is the dishwasher making unusual noises, refusing to work or working with reduced efficiency? These and other faults can be fixed by the owner himself using the tips from the table below.

Frigidaire Model FGHD2433KF1 dishwasher troubleshooting

Problem Solution
Food Soils Left on DishesChoose another cycle for longer washing time.
Check rack loading section for proper loading-avoid nesting items.
Home water pressure may be too low—should be 20 to 120 pounds per square inch (psi).
Check incoming water temperature. It should be at least 120F (49C).
Check water hardness. For extremely hard water, it may be necessary to install a water softener.
Use fresh detergent.
Check to make sure funnel in top rack is not blocked.
Make sure items are not blocking the spray arms, preventing them from rotating.
Dishes not DrySelect heat dry option.
Make sure the rinse aid dispenser is filled.
Increase the amount of rinse aid.
Check the incoming water temperature. Be sure it is at least 120F (49C).
Check for proper loading avoid nesting items.
Plastic items may need to be towel dried.
Cups with a concave bottom will collect water.
Dishware Stained or DiscoloredTea and coffee can stain cups. Remove the stains by hand washing in a solution of 1/2 cup (120 ml) bleach and one quart (1 L) of warm water. Rinse thoroughly.
Iron deposits in water can cause a yellow or brown film. A special filter installed in the water supply line will correct this problem.
Aluminum utensils can leave gray/black marks when they rub against other items. Load properly.
Certain high acid foods can cause discoloration of stainless steel and plastics if allowed to sit for a long period. Use the Rinse & Hold cycle or rinse by hand if not operating dishwasher at once.
Mixing stainless steel and silver utensils in silverware basket can cause pitting of the stainless steel blades. Avoid mixing stainless steel and silver.
CloudyCheck water hardness. For extremely hard water, it may be necessary to install a water softener.
Water temperature may be low. Avoid extremely low or high temperatures.
Avoid overloading and improper loading.
Use fresh detergent. Old detergent is ineffective.
Make sure rinse aid dispenser is filled.
Check to see that proper amount of detergent is being used for cycle selected. Also, check phosphate level.
Dishwasher LeaksUse only fresh detergent designed for automatic dishwashers. Measure detergent carefully. Try a different brand.
Spilled rinse aid can cause foam and lead to overflowing. Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth.
Check to see that dishwasher is level.
Normal Sounds You Will HearNormal sounds include water fill, water circulation and motor sounds.
There is a noticeable change in sound when the wash action switches between the lower and middle spray arm. This is normal since each spray arm has its own sound.
It is normal for dishwasher to pause (no sound) when the wash action is switching between the lower and middle spray arms.
EtchingUsing too much detergent in soft or softened water causes this film that cannot be removed.
Adjust the amount of detergent based on the water hardness.
Lower the water temperature.
Use no heat dry option.
Water in Bottom of TubWater left in bottom of tub after cycle is complete is not normal. If water remains in the bottom of the tub, dishwasher may not be draining properly
Dishware ChippedLoad with care and do not overload
Place delicate items in top rack
Place glasses securely against pins and not over pins
Load items so they are secure and don't jar loose when moving racks in and out. Move racks in and out slowly
Make sure tall glasses and stemware will clear top of tub when rack is pushed in
Fine antique china and crystal should be hand-washed
Vapor at VentWater vapor escapes from the vent during the drying part of cycle. This is normal
Dishwasher Won't RunCheck to see if circuit breaker is tripped or if a fuse is blown
Make sure water supply is turned on
Check to see if cycle is set correctly
Is dishwasher set for delay start option? • Make sure door is closed and latched
Dishwasher Does Not Drain ProperlyIf unit is hooked up to a food waste disposer, make sure the disposer is empty
Check to see if the knockout plug has been removed from inside the food waste disposer inlet
Check to see if drain hose is kinked
Make sure cycle is complete, not in a pause
Dishwasher Won't FillIs water supply turned on?
Does overfill protector move up and down freely?
Dishwasher Has an OdorSoiled dishes left in dishwasher too long can create an odor. Use Rinse & Hold cycle
There will be a "new" smell when first installed. This is normal
Check to see if unit is draining properly
Cycle Takes a Long TimeIs cycle in a water heating delay?
Has the delay start option been selected?
Has the sanitize option been selected?
Stains on Tub InteriorWashing large amounts of dishware with tomato based soil can cause a pink/orange apperance. This will not affect performance and will gradually fade over time. Pre-rinsing or using the Rinse & Hold cycle will reduce the chance of staining. Using no heat dry option will lessen staining.
Removing Spots and FilmHard water can cause lime deposit buildup on the interior of the dishwasher. Dishes and glasses may also get spots and film for a number of reasons.
To remove buildup, spots and film, clean using the following instructions:
1. Load clean dishes and glasses in normal manner. Do not load any metal utensils or silverware.
2. Do not add detergent.
3. Select the NORMAL WASH cycle. Close and latch door. Press START/CANCEL pad.
4. Allow dishwasher to run until it starts the second water fill (approximately 10 minutes). The SENSING light will be off
5. Unlatch and open door and pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the bottom of dishwasher.
6. Close and latch door and allow cycle to finish.

Frigidaire PF dishwasher troubleshooting

ProblemCauseSolution
Dishwasher does not run.1. Door is not closed or latch lever is not in LOCK position.1. Close door and push latch to far right position.
2. The dishwasher may be at a pause between cycles.1. This is normal.
3. House fuse blown or circuit breaker tripped.1. Electrical problems.
4. Push buttons may not be fully depressed.1. Press desired push button firmly.
5. Timer not engaged.1. Push timer knob in.
WATER PROBLEMS Dishes do not dry.1. A rinse aid is not being used.1. Use of a rinse aid will get the water off the dishes more quickly.
2. The rinse aid dispenser is empty.1. Refill with liquid rinse aid.
3. Water adheres to the dishes.1. Air dry dishes by opening the door for about 10-20 minutes immediately after the dishwasher shuts off.
2. Use heated dry, on.
4. Hot water temperature is too low (below 120 F).1. Measure the hot water temperature at the kitchen sink with a candy or meat thermometer. The water temperature should be between 120-140 F. Adjust the water heater if necessary.
5. Dishes are not loaded properly.1. Dishes should be positioned so they are not touching each other and tilted so that water can drain.
Leaking.1. The door is not sealed properly.1. Be sure dishes or pans are not protruding from the racks which would prevent the door from closing.
2. Detergent used is not recommended for dishwashers.1. Only use a detergent that is recommended for dishwashers.
3. Water is being expelled through the door vents.1. If a dish is added after starting the dishwasher, wait a few seconds before latching the door. This permits entering cold air to expand slowly inside the dishwasher.
Water drops on inside of dishwasher door at end of cycle.1. Water does not "sheet” off door liner.1. This is normal.
Dishwasher does not fill with enough water (maximum water level is just above the circular heating element).1. Water supply valve in water line is partially closed.1. Completely open valve.
2. Water is being used elsewhere in the house when the dishwasher is running.1. This reduces the water pressure. Try not to run water elsewhere in the home while the dishwasher is filling.
Dishwasher does not drain water.1. Small amount of water is in the 'bottom of the tub below the screen.1. This is normal.
2. Food is backing up in the pipes at the sink.1. If you have a food waste disposer in sink, be sure it is empty before running the dishwasher.
3. Food or objects clog rear drain screen.1. Clean drain screen.
Water droplets forming on inside of dishwasher and dish racks.1. Residual moisture remaining after drying time.1. Examine drain hose. Reposition hose to eliminate the kink. This is normal. Use of a rinse aid may help.
NOISE PROBLEMS Swishing and pulsating sound.1. Water is circulating through the dishwasher.1. This is normal.
Vibrating or rattling noise.1. Dishes are not loaded properly.1. Be sure dishes are loaded securely in the dishwasher, but not touching one another.
DISHES ARE NOT CLEAN.1. Dishes are not loaded properly.1. Load the dishwasher so that the soiled sides of dishes are facing center of the dishwasher.
2. Dishes should not be touching each other.
3. Load the dishwasher so that nothing blocks the circular path of the wash arm.
4. Be sure that pot handles or utensils do not protrude from the front of the bottom rack or silverware basket, preventing the detergent cup from opening.
2. Bottom rack is not in dishwasher correctly.1. To check position of bottom rack, be sure silverware basket is in the center of bottom rack. If not, reposition the bottom rack.
3. Improper amount of detergent is being used.1. If the phosphate level of the detergent is under 8.7%, increase the amount of detergent or use a higher phosphate detergent. Hard water requires more detergent than soft water.
2. Do not overfill the detergent cups or the detergent dispenser may not open automatically.
3. Never use less than 2 tablespoons of detergent in each detergent cup.
4. Detergent used is too old (it is caked in the box.)1. Use fresh detergent. Shake box before pouring.
5. Water temperature is too low (below 120 F.) Fat soils remain on dishes.1. Turn on the hot water at kitchen sink tap before running the dishwasher to be sure that hot water is entering the dish- washer during the first wash cycle.
2. Measure the hot water temperature at the kitchen sink with a candy or meat thermometer. Be sure that the water temperature is between 120-140 F. Ad- just the water heater if necessary.
3. Do not use hot water elsewhere in the home before, or while the dishwasher is running. There may not be enough hot water to clean the dishes properly.
6. Water hardness is over 10.6 grains (check with local water company).1. Install a mechanical water softener.
7. There is not enough water in the dishwasher.
DETERGENT AND SUDSING PROBLEMS Dishwasher oversuds.1. Detergent used is not recommended for dishwashers.1. Only use a detergent that is recommended for dishwashers.
2. Too much detergent.1. Be sure you are using the proper amount of detergent.
Detergent Is left In detergent cup.1. Detergent used is too old (it is caked in the box).1. Use fresher detergent.
2. Detergent cups are too full.1. Do not overfill the detergent cups or the detergent dispenser may not open automatically.
3. Dishes are not loaded properly.Be sure that pot handles or utensils do not protrude from the front of the bottom rack, preventing the detergent cup from opening.
ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS House fuse has blown or circuit breaker has tripped.1. Electrical line is overloaded.1. Do not run other appliances when the dishwasher is in use.
2. Electrical lines may be inadequate or too small. Contact an electrician.
2. Inappropriate house fuse or circuit breaker is being used.1. Use a 15 ampere time lag fuse or a 15 ampere circuit breaker for 15 ampere branch circuits.
2. If the dishwasher and disposer are on the same branch circuit, a 20 ampere circuit is necessary. This would require a 20 ampere time lag fuse or a 20 ampere circuit breaker.