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Frigidaire washing machine

Dishes come out more dirty after the cycle, dishes are wet, soap sometimes doesn't dissolve.

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  • mietusjm Dec 11, 2008

    I melted a plastic spatula on the heating element inside the dishwasher a month ago. Did this likely cause the problem and is it fixable? Do I have to replace the heating element thing? Is this the same or different than the "coil?"

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The plastic spoon would have caused this problem, remove the sprayer head from the bottom of the washer, see if the screen is plugged with melted plastic, if it is remove it and try the wash cycle again, also check the discharge hose into the garbage disposal and see if it pumps water, if none of the above works u will have to replace the water pump, don't panic they are cheap, have done a couple for this very issue of melted plastic.

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You may have used detergent not designed for automatic dishwashers. You may be using too much detergent/tablets. Or you may be using liquid detergent. Some rinse agents and mechanically softened water will also makes suds. Putting 2 tablespoons of oil into the sudsy water at the bottom of the dishwasher will help break up the suds. Sprinkle ordinary table salt liberally across the suds to disperse them. Add a large quantity of ice cubes from your freezer to the tub. This causes the water temp to lower, thus degrading some more of the suds. Try to drain the unit as much as possible, soaking up any residual water or suds with a dry towel. Let the unit fill again, and repeat the salt and ice if necessary.
 also use a commercial spa or water bed de-foamer, which is found at Home Depot or any pool supply store. This works as a surfactant to break down the bubbles almost instantly. (Only squirt a few drops in and run the unit)

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Please tell me about the model number
Thanks.


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    futureloginn Dec 11, 2008

    Poor cleaning is generally caused by not having enough water in the tub, which is usually the fault of the water inlet valve. You mentioned cleaning the filters... which filters? Did you remove the valve and clean its screen/filter? If that screen gets clogged with debris (and they do) it'll choke off the water supply to the tub.


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