Dec 282013

Frigidaire dishwashers have several common issues. Initiating this test mode will check all components on the dishwasher.

To initiate the self diagnostic mode the dishwasher needs to be in idle or power failure mode.

Press the Hi-Temp Wash button and Start/Cancel button for 1/2 second. The test mode will start if the buttons were pressed correctly.

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Steps Of Water/Service Test Mode.

1. Fill/Dispenser: The dispenser motor will be activated and the dishwasher will fill with water. This test runs for 60 seconds.

2. Fill: The dishwasher will fill with water until the float switch is activated. This test will run for 27 seconds

3. Wash: The wash motor is activated. This test runs for 45 seconds.

4. Pause: Small pause between test cycles. This test runs for .5 seconds.

5. Wash/Heat: The wash motor and heater are activated. This test runs for 75 seconds.

6. Wash/Heat/Dispenser: The wash motor, heater element, and dispenser/Vent are activated for 60 seconds.

7. Drain: The drain motor is activated to drain the water from the dishwasher. This test runs for 90 seconds.

8. Dry: Heater element is activated. This test runs for 90 seconds.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Service Test ModeRunning service/test mode will help you diagnose your Frigidaire dishwasher. In most cases you will be able to tell what is broken during the service/test mode cycle.

If you are handy and know how to read a volt/ohm meter, you can make the tests needed to verify component are functioning correctly.

If you have more questions about your Frigidaire dishwasher, use the comment form below and I will try my best to assist you. You can also use our free DIY appliance repair forum located at the top of this page or by clicking on the link at the top of this post.


Dec 222013

Is your Frigidaire dishwashers soap cup not opening? Will the soap cup dispenser not close? Learning how to replace a Frigidaire soap cup is actually really easy.

The first thing you want to do is unplug or flip the breaker off so no power is going to the dishwasher.

The nest step is removing the front panel of the dishwasher. It’s really easy. There are two philip head screws in the middle of the inner door liner. Once the two screws are removed the front panel will slide down and off the of the door. There are metal slotted clips on the door that hold it in place. Once you get the two screws off you will see the slots in the outer door panel and the two hooks on the door frame.

Now that the door is removed the dispenser can be accessed. You will see 6 screws on the soap cup and a plug and play type connector on the wax motor. Unplug the connection at the brown wax motor. Now three screws on the top of the dispenser and three on the bottom. The dispenser will now push through the door so it can be replaced.

The new dispenser comes with a new gasket already installed. Press the new dispenser assembly back into the door from the inside. Screw the 6 screws back into the dispenser and plug the wires back onto the two prongs of the brown wax motor. This is a fairly simple job if you are handy.

If you have questions or want to talk to a factory trained technician, simply comment below or use the free appliance repair forum. Either way I’d be happy to assist you in your Frigidaire dishwasher repair.

Dec 182013

The Frigidaire dishwasher FFBD2406NS0A has several common issues. The first issue is a missing or defective splash shield kit.

The kit comes with two splash shields. These small rubber shields help prevent water from going around the lower door seal and coming out on to the floor. If they are missing or defective, water will go around them and pass the lower door seal. When this happens water will leak onto the floor.

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To determine if your splash shields are missing or are defective open the dishwasher door. Look in the lower bottom corner where the door gasket hits the bottom of the tub. You will see a little plastic/rubber piece if they are in place. If the splash shields are missing, simply order the splash shield kit and install the kit to fix the leaking issue. The part number for the kit is, 154701001. This kit comes with two splash shields and an instruction sheet.

If your splash shields are in place, look closely at the yellow part of the shield. They normally they tear on the soft yellow seal part. Below you see how they look when they are installed correctly and brand new.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Leaking

Frigidaire Dishwasher Leaking

This Frigidaire dishwasher was leaking from the bottom of the tub. The door gasket was worn and the splash shields were torn. This was letting water travel past the gasket and shield.

On this particular dishwasher it seems that it will leak when the spray arm changes from the lower to upper. The water comes down and hits the water in the base and creates a “wave” that sends the water past the shield and over the front. I had the front of the dishwasher removed and was watching for a leak when the spray arm switched and instantly water leaked out of the bottom of the tub.

The lower door gasket should let a small amount of water past it. The water goes around the lower door seal then goes back into the dishwasher in the middle of the seal. So it comes forward down then back through the middle of the seal. You see this happening if the front panel is removed during a wash cycle.

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