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Washing light flashes on Frigidaire FDB1050REM dishwasher

Our Frigidaire FDB1050REM dishwasher will not start. When we choose the setting and hit start the washing light flashes indefinitely and that is it. I've tried turning the breaker on and off but that did not help.

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  • matt_6778 Nov 05, 2007

    We have the same problem, and tried that, but it is still not working. What next?



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  • rizzah Nov 06, 2007

    I have the same exact problem. And I tried closing the door completely, and it seems to be closing fine. I called Frigidaire and they told me I'd have to replace the control board... however, I've been looking around on the web and have found lots of people complaining about replacing control boards and having them fail the next day or very soon after they paid to have it replaced?! Does anybody have any other advise?

  • legofish Jan 20, 2008

    I have the same exact problem, did you guys manage to fix yours?

  • knitbuttons Feb 18, 2008

    This fixed it for me:

    Unscrew the top panel from the inside of the dishwaser. Disconnect the control panel from the wires. (the big white connector between the control panel and the rest of the stuff) Then reconnect the connector

  • Pandos Apr 19, 2008

    I also have the same problem with the same make and model machine that is only about 1 1/2 years old. I have not tried openeing the inside panel and disconnecting/reconnecting the wires yet...has anyone else had success with this or another fix?

  • bert_collins
    bert_collins Sep 08, 2012

    I'm glad I'm not the only "******" then. I have the same problem. I tried the circuit breaker thing and holding down the two buttons but nothing happened. So I bought a new control board for 100.00 and it started the first cycle then quit and the light is blinking again. All these complaints, there should be something that can be done. What a big disapointment. Thank you frigidaire, thank you for making my decision on WHAT NOT to buy next. Jerks.

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1) Turn off the breaker to the machine.

2) Wait 30 seconds and then turn it back on.

3) All the lights will be flashing. At this point turn the dial to "rinse only" and then press "Heat dry" and "Start/Cancel" at the same time.

4) The Machine will go into maintenance mode going through all the cycles quickly.

5) After this is finished the problem should be solved.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • enaid5 Mar 27, 2011

    Worked like a charm. Thank you so much

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SOLVEDSYMPTOM: Washing light flashing but nothing happening. FIRST ATTEMPT: Reset breaker, no joy.
SOLUTION: Turned knob to Rinse Only, held Heat Dry and Start/Cancel buttons together for about 10 seconds-washing light illuminates and stays on. Reset breaker again, lights all flashing (as per normal after power interruption.) Pressed Start/Cancel to clear. Washer now operating normally.

Posted on Feb 08, 2011

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    boris75 Dec 31, 2012

    Perfecto!

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This is what I did:
Unscrew the top panel from the inside of the dishwaser. Disconnect the control panel from the wires. (the big white connector between the control panel and the rest of the stuff) Then reconnect the connector

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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The lights flash when the door is not shut all the way, or the sensor that detects that the door is shut is not sensing the door is shut. Try pushing in on the door while hitting the start button.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007

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We had an official repair man come out, and he tried that Disconnect and Reconnect thing. It didn't work. Also, we had tried the turn-off-breaker-for-30-minutes thing too... and that didn't work either.

The repair guy said the control board was ruined due to moisture from the normal processing of dishes. He said that there are actually VERY FEW dishwashers that have much in terms of electronics protection from moisture?!! And that this happens all the time!?

Anyway, he was an official frigidaire repair man, and was able to get paid for the part (as being covered under the standard 2 year warranty) So all we had to pay for was the man-hours for the house-call. (he had the thing replaced and working in under 15 minutes)

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

I'm not sure what combination of these steps fixed the problem but its fixed none the less.

As mentioned above i removed the screws at the top of the door removed the top cover. I disconnected the power connector (white) and reconnected. I removed the latch assembly cycled the latch a few times pushed the connectors on the bottom snuggly on. Reassembled the top and the replaced the screws.

After closing the door...all the lights were blinking?? No No its ok..

Place the dial on rinse only and press dry and start/cancel. This will place the dishwasher in a maintenance mode. It will cycle through all the cycles in a short amount of time.

After all of that it started up just fine. Like i said I'm not sure what part of this process made this all work I'm just putting it all out there and i hope it helps someone else with the same problem...

Posted on Mar 11, 2008

  • bethd22 Jul 27, 2011

    Thanks so much! I had the blinking washing light. I unpluged it, fliped the circut, did the start /cancel and heat dry (hold down together) reset and still had the blinking light. All that seperately with no luck. I would get the 3 blinking lights and get my hopes up, then it would turn into the one blinking washing light where I started! My husband and I then took off the screws of the door, unplugged the white power connector and reconnected it. No luck. Tried again. Unplugged white connector, reconnected it then did the reset (hold the start/cancel and heat dry button down at the same time for 10 seconds and IT WORKED!!!!!!! Thanks again for shairing your info! Dishwasher is only 2 1/2 years old and we didn't get the extended warranty!

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I had to call a repair man to come in. It was a little strange, first she tried disconnecting and reconnecting the old control board, and it still didnt work. Then she took out the old control board and installed a brand new one, and it still had teh same problem and wouldn't start.

So then she reconnected the old board and this time it started working!!!! It was really stupid, she basically disconnected and reconnected the board and it was working (and charged $100 for it). She said that it had probably gone into "service mode" and that's why it wasn't functioning.

She didnt explain but she said that if you put the wash mode in "rinse" and press a specific combination of buttons, then it goes into the "service mode", and she claimed that all she did was coming out of the service mode.

Anyway, i dont fully buy that, but it might help if you ask the technicians on the phone how to get in and out of "service mode" and try that. It might save you the cost of the repairman coming in.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008

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For me it was the door switch. I removed the top part of the door, basically where the control panel is located, disconnected the panel so that I could put it aside and have better access to the door switch. The switch is integrated into the handle. In fact the handle is activating 2 switches and in my case, only one of them wasn't making the proper contact when the door latch was locked. I found it by measuring continuity between the poles for each one. I removed the fault switch, disconnected the 2 wires going to it and cleaned the contacts (alcohool can work but I had to use the tip of a knife to reach in there and remove some of the oxydation from the surface of the contact). I re-measured the switch before reinstalling to make sure what I did allowed continuity between the contacts and that was it. If you remove the bottom portion of the door, there is a wiring diagram in there and a few other pieces of info you can use to troubleshoot in case it's not the door switch. Good luck and please don't forget to open the circuit braker before anything else.

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Power off
unscrew the top screws and the two upper screws on each side inside door to expose electronics
reconnect twice white cable to electronics
with screws still off and put top back on electronics and close dishwasher
power on
three lights flashing
press the heat only and start/cancel for a 1/2 second and it started working
then press start and it cycled 2min per each:washing, drying, and clean
then machine after 2min was still on clean on
open the dishwasher then clean light gone
put back screws, restart dishwasher
it works

hope this helps. Thanks to all for giving a version of this.

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LOL!!! Tried the circut breaker thing a few times, no go. Unscrewed the door screws for the disconnect-reconnect thing and found the OWNER'S manual inside the door!!!! Well, we will take a look under trouble shooting. Why it was inside the door panel? No clue. Hope something works as dishwasher is only ~ 2 years old.....

Posted on Apr 28, 2012

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    hemmik Apr 28, 2012

    Hubby just yeld "Hot Dog!!!!" The disconnect reconnect WORKED!!!! Thanks for the posts!!!

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We had a repair man come in and try the disconnect-reconnect thing, and it didn't work for us.

He said the control panel was damaged from the normal functioning moisture, and that most dishwashers have very little protection from such things.

He had to replace the control board, and the part was covered, so because he was an official repair-person, all we had to pay for was the labor. (didn't take him more than 15 minutes to disassemble, replace and reassemble.)

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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