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Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Draining? Common Problems

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5 Causes of Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Draining

How to Fix a Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

Options to Replace Your Dishwasher


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A dishwasher that doesn’t drain creates a mess in your kitchen. Dirty water can spill onto your floor, leaving a trail of foul odors and debris. Not only do you have to mop up this mess, but you also have to clean the plates that are still dirty after the wash.

If you notice that your Frigidaire dishwasher is not draining, take steps immediately to fix it. You can identify the source of the issue yourself and take steps to fix it – or hire a professional if you feel more comfortable.

Here are a few causes of a Frigidaire dishwasher not draining and alternative models if you need to replace this old appliance. 

5 Causes of Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Draining

Don’t stress over your Frigidaire dishwasher not draining water. There are multiple causes of this issue and many are easy to solve. This guide will start with the most basic issues related to drainage and then move into more complex problems  – and how to solve them. A few reasons your dishwasher isn’t draining include:

  1. There is a clog. Food particles might block your drain and prevent water from flowing out.
  2. Your filter is full. The filter that is built to prevent clogs needs to be emptied before it can let water pass through.
  3. The drain hose is blocked, clogged, broken, or detached. This is harder to access than the drain but is also a common source of a Frigidaire gallery dishwasher not draining.
  4. The garbage disposal is broken. Sometimes issues with your garbage disposal can trigger problems with your dishwasher.
  5. The motor is broken. Without a working motor, you can’t effectively run your dishwasher. Your motor could break before your dishwasher completes its cycle.

If your dishwasher has only failed to drain once, check to make sure the power stayed on the whole time. A flipped circuit breaker or a temporary power outage (usually caused by inclement weather) could have turned off your dishwasher mid-cycle. Your appliance might be fine as long as you have electricity.

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How to Fix a Dishwasher That Won’t Drain

A broken dishwasher can be a do-it-yourself project. These appliances are not overly complex and you can troubleshoot issues safely. Here are a few steps to follow:

  • Run your garbage disposal. Make sure this system is working at its best. Running the disposal for 30 seconds might also unclog some of your drains.
  • Remove any standing water from your dishwasher along with the dishes and racks. This will help you check for clogs while cleaning the filter. Remove any food debris you see.
  • Inspect the drain hose to make sure it’s intact. Look for any kinks or pinches.
  • Run the rinse cycle of your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda placed on the bottom. This will clean it and remove potential clogs.

If your dishwasher is still clogged, call a professional to evaluate the appliance. Before you call the handyman or plumber, run your dishwasher and listen to how it sounds. Is it louder than normal? Does it make any churning or grinding noises that are new? These are signs that something is wrong. Tell the expert you hire what your dishwasher sounds like or record it so they can listen for any issues.

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Options to Replace Your Dishwasher

If you continue to notice your Frigidaire dishwasher not draining, it may be time to replace the appliance. Older appliances will start to develop problems that need to be addressed. It might not be worth the cost to repair your dishwasher, especially if you will need to replace it in a few years. Consider opting for one of these high-quality dishwasher models instead if you want to stick with the Frigidaire brand.

Frigidaire® 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Frigidaire stainless steel dishwasher

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Frigidaire offers a line of basic stainless steel dishwashers for customers who want reliable appliances in their homes. This model comes with an adjustable upper rack which creates room for your larger dishes down below. Whether you made a large pot of soup for your family or continue to explore cooking with a wok, you can rely on this Frigidaire dishwasher to clean your pots and pans.

This appliance comes with National Sanitation Foundation® certification – as most Frigidaire dishwashers do – not only can you enjoy thoroughly-washed dishes, but you can feel safe knowing that each dish is completely sanitized. A single cycle will remove 99.9% of common household bacteria.

You no longer have to worry about your Frigidaire dishwasher not draining because this appliance comes with an EvenDry™ system. Each of your dishes will be dry and spot-free. Read customer reviews to learn what people like and dislike about it.

Frigidaire Gallery® 24" Smudge-Proof® Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher with door open

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Do want a fast dishwasher that also effectively cleans your dishes? Then consider buying this Gallery model by Frigidaire. Select the 30-minute Quick Clean if you need clean dishes but don’t have an hour to run a full cycle. Alternatively, you can use the DishSense™ technology which evaluates the size of the load and how dirty it is. After the evaluation, the dishwasher will select its own settings to optimize the cleaning process.

There are other key benefits of this model to explore. You can fit up to 14 place settings in a single cycle, which makes clean-up after a BBQ or dinner party a breeze. The SpaceWise® Adjustable Rack allows you to adjust how you load the dishwasher to maximize storage. Whether you have a large family or simply procrastinate on your dishes, this model is for you.

Most customer reviews of this dishwasher are positive and mention how effectively the dishes are cleaned. They appreciate the light indicator that alerts homeowners when the wash is complete – which is useful when your dishwasher is so quiet!

Frigidaire Gallery® 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Frigidaire Gallery built in dishwasher

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Most homeowners want to run their dishwashers without hearing them. No one wants to turn up the TV because their appliances are churning, spitting, and draining over their favorite true-crime dramas. This dishwasher runs at 49 dBAs, which means you will only hear a gentle hum as it runs. It comes with an adjustable washing pressure through the AquaSurge™ technology, which means some loads might have lower pressure levels and run even quieter.

Frigidaire also has a stay-put door, which remains at any angle you select when loading and unloading this appliance. You don’t have to trip over the door or deal with it blocking your way. Instead, it stays at an ideal angle to move around your kitchen while loading items. 

This is one of the most frequently-bought models and there are several positive reviews of it. Customers like how effectively it cleans for the price. They also love the variety of settings and storage options.  


Should you repair or replace your dishwasher?

If your dishwasher is broken, you have two options: pay to repair it or invest in a new one. One of the key factors on whether you should repair or replace is age. Older models will continue to break, which means you are potentially wasting money on repairs. If your dishwasher is more than seven years old, you might be better off buying a new one.

Why is my Frigidaire dishwasher not draining at end of cycle?

There are multiple reasons why your dishwasher isn’t draining at the end of the cycle. There could be clogs caused by food build-up if you don't scrape your dishes clean before washing them. There also might be issues with the hose, motor, filter, or even garbage disposal. Most dishwashers are easy to fix if you can identify the problem.   

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