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FDB635RFS6 dishwasher....nasty black mold/ mildew running down door

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SOURCE: Dishes not drying and mildew growing in dishwasher

I've been researching Whirlpool issues for awhile now and the solution would appear to be not to ever buy anothere Whirlpool appliance.

Most of the dishwasher they've put out have broken down in one way or another within the first 3 years. Some start fires. Lawsuits, website complaints, calls, letters, NOTHING seems to change their policy as to simply have one of their repair people come out and offer to fix it for nearly the cost of the unit.

This mildew issue is fairly common...ditch it. Get a new one. Avoid Whirlpool. Don't believe me? Try calling them to fix or replace it.

I sincerely hope it works out for you one way or the other.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Black Mold growing inside dishwasher

this is an easy fix use 1 part bleach to 10 parts water and wipe down this will kill the mold you may need to do this several times

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Black mold in broken Dishwasher

bleach is always good i suggest you cover the dishwasher with a good plastic film after you spay it with bleach to keep the mould inside it till you can remove it

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

Testimonial: "I was afraid to use bleach incase there was a reaction with mold. Thank you. I never thought of the plastic sheeting, it is a good idea."

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SOURCE: constant condensation and odor

did you take out the plastic stop before install?

Posted on Apr 06, 2010

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SOURCE: Nasty Smell!

There is a product at the grocery store in the detergent area that will take care of this ... find it near the dishwasher products.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010

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Runs full cycle but not draining


Your drain pump or drain line is most likely blocked. When you press "cancel/drain", listen for the humming of the drain pump--it can be hard to hear, especially on the newer "super quiet" models. If the motor is humming, 120v is getting to it and that means the main board is functioning. If you don't hear anything, you'll have to check at the drain motor for broken wires, or, using a meter on a low resistance setting(POWER TURNED OFF, WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR DISCONNECTED FROM PUMP, check across the coil of the motor for an open(break) in the coil which means the drain motor will have to be replaced. Also, CHECK THE FILTER FOR CLOGS! Dishwashers are notorious for getting broken glass, food pieces, etc stuck in the drain pumps or drain hoses leading to the sink or disposal. On certain makes/models, there is a "drain break" clipped to the side of the dishwasher(to prevent backwash of dirty water back into the tub) that can get clogged or have a nasty mold/mildew build-up which can clog it.

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Hi Meredith, this is AP!

I understand you are struggling with mold spreading in your Frigidaire dishwasher, model PLD2560LCC. The average useful life of a dishwasher is about 13 years, so I would attempt to get a few more years from the dishwasher if you can. Chlorine bleach kills mold and helps remove most mildew stains. Dilute 1 cup of bleach in a gallon of water and scrub the interior of the machine with a stiff brush. Use a toothbrush to get in narrow areas, such as around door gaskets. Wear gloves to protect your hands when you use bleach, and also avoid mixing bleach with any other cleaning product. Run the dishwasher empty after cleaning it to rinse out the bleach residue. If stains remain after mold removal, scrub them away gently with a damp rag and mild scouring powder.

Or you could run a cycle with no dishes. Once the dishwasher has completed its initial fill, add 1 cup of white vinegar and complete the cycle. If you find that removes the mold I would open the dishwasher door after each use and allow it to dry out completely before closing it to prevent mold growth. Moisture, bits of food and a warm environment can lead to unwanted mold growth. If you won't be using the dishwasher for a while, such as when leaving for vacation, leave the door open while you are gone to ensure no trapped moisture leads to a mold or mildew problem.

I hope this information proves helpful to you, thank you for the post.

Thanks,

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Had a similar problem and started looking around inside the door. I tried to figure out how to remove the plastic air vent cover on the inside of the door (left side). I couldn't figure out how to remove it. So, we purchased a dishwasher cleaner at Lowe's ($4) and tired running it through the machine to see if it would correct the odor problem. It didn't. Somehow the "little lady" did manage to remove it (used a damn table knife of all things) twisted and popped the plastic air vent off. When it was removed she found the obvious problem, black foul smelling mold was growing under the plastic air vent that was radiating its terrible smell into the kitchen through the dishwasher door kitchen side vent . She cleaned the inside vent and the odor problem has left. I guess I'll never live this down, but I must admit that my wife solved the problem. Try this solution and see if it solves your problem. Let us know how you make out!

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Hello there and happy new year as well
How to Clean a Dishwasher Dishwasher manufactures tell us that the inside of dishwashers should not need cleaning---after all, it is constantly being cleaned as you wash your dishes. You know better. There is a slimy feeling on the walls or door gasket of your dishwasher---or there is something black "growing" at the bottom of the dishwasher by the drain---or it doesn't smell very nice---or there is a white coating on the heating element (even manufacturers acknowledge this one as common). What do you do? The first thing is to try to prevent as much of this as possible: 1) Be sure your water is coming into the dishwasher at a minimum of 120°; 140° is even better. If your water heater is a long ways from your dishwasher, before you turn on the dishwasher you may need to run the water into the sink until the required temperature is reached. If the water is not hot enough, the detergent (even gel detergents) won't completely dissolve, and you get the slimy feeling on the walls and gasket of your dishwasher. You also foster the growth of bacteria and mold or mildew in your dishwasher. 2) Be sure you are using the right kind of dishwashing detergent. Manufacturers usually recommend using certain brands. That is because they have tested those brands in their machines, so they know they will work. Others may do fine, but they haven't been tested. 3) Be sure you are using the right amount of dishwashing detergent. Ironically using either too much or too little can cause similar problems. The amount you need depends on the hardness of your water, not the amount of food left on your dishes. Okay, you've got all that under control. Now, how do you clean the dishwasher? Problem 1: Slimy feeling on walls and gasket ---Use good old soap and water (yes, soap to clean soap residue!) and clean away. Be sure to rinse well. If you don't you may have suds coming out from around the door the next time you use the dishwasher! Problem 2: Something black "growing" by the grates at the bottom of the dishwasher ---You have a mold problem. This is also what causes a bad odor to "grow" in the dishwasher. The mold is caused by food particles not getting fully pushed through the drain hose when the dishwasher drains. The drain hose is corrugated, and bits of food particles can sometimes collect on the ridges and in the valleys of the corrugation. Given the right circumstances, this can cause a gradual buildup inside the hose, just like cholesterol in our arteries. The presence of moisture and lack of sunlight in the hose allows mold to grow on these food particles. You will want to remove the grates at the bottom or back of your dishwasher (usually removing just a couple of screws will do it) and clean with bleach water (a cup of bleach in a gallon of water) as far down as you can reach. After you have done that, replace the grate, put the rest of the bleach water in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a regular cycle (no dishes, please!). Why not just put the bleach water in and run the cycle? Because that will kill the mold, but will not remove its build-up. You want to remove the build-up first, as far as you can reach---it's easier to remove when it's live. Then kill what's left in the drain. If your problem was serious enough, you may want to replace your drain hose, too. Problem 3: Brown spots on the door gasket ---This is mildew. Mildew can also cause a stale odor in the dishwasher. Use the bleach water recipe to clean the gasket, and then run the rest of the bleach water through a cycle, just as for Problem 2. Problem 4: White coating on the heating element ---This is a build up of minerals, mostly from your water. You may have heard people recommend putting TANG® Drink Mix in the dishwasher and running it through a cycle. This does work to help remove the calcium from the heating element. That is because there is citric acid in TANG®. However, the sugar in it may contribute to other problems you have been trying to clear up. So why not just use plain citric acid---what an idea! You can often buy the crystals in a drug store or in the canning section of the grocery store---it is used for making jelly with a fruit that does not have enough acid in it to allow it to jell. Fill the dispenser cup with the crystals (3--4 ounces), and run a cycle. If the build-up is unusually thick, you may need to do this a second time. So, now you have a clean dishwasher! How do you keep it that way? After all, who wants to have to go through all of those steps every so often? The best thing to do is occasionally run it empty with a cup of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda. How often depends on your water quality, how often you use your dishwasher, how much food you leave on your plates, etc.o there and happy new year as well

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bleach is always good i suggest you cover the dishwasher with a good plastic film after you spay it with bleach to keep the mould inside it till you can remove it

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this is an easy fix use 1 part bleach to 10 parts water and wipe down this will kill the mold you may need to do this several times

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I totally agree with Solution #1. We have a Whirlpool (apparently Maytag is the same) and it gets moldy 2 days after it has been run. The maintenance guy came out and said we had to use the rinse cycle every day. For an $800 dollar dishwasher (which is less than 1 year old!) I expect more.

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I have a similar KitchenAid model and we always ran it in energy saver mode. Over time, there was a significant buildup of mold/mildew in the unit that was not easily noticed. 
Since that time, I took apart the inside of the unit and thoroughly cleaned it with bleach. 
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