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Fridgidaire Gallery Series Dishwasher Leaks from bottom

I have a Frigidaire Gallery Series Dishwasher that leaks at the bottome right corner and puddles up on my hardwood floor. Frigidaire gallery dishwasher leaked at the door the FRIST time I ran it. Did the first run with nothing in it to test and clean it out. About 1 lt of water came out the bottom right corner. Sadly it's over 1 year old before we ran it. Doh! We bought it knowing it would be a while connecting it, but all the SST appliances would match in our new Kitchen. Now there is no warranty which doesn't seem to be a loss as the repair reports are anything but satisfactory.


Took the SST front panel off to watch while it was running. Saw the seal at the bottom of the door was ineffective. Every few rounds of the arms inside a small gush of water shoots under the seal, hits a small 45 degree lip that forms the front lower edge of the tub (1/2 inch high) and jumps over the edge. This then leaks down the inside of the door and drips onto the floor. Could happen on either side of middle.

I put a run of tape along the lip where the water goes up and out. This directs the water back into the tub area so there is no direct path out for it. Almost 100% effective.

The seal looks like an integral part of the door liner. So Frigidaire isn't likely to want to replace this with a better seal. Alternatively the tub seems to be the real culprit. Too expensive to replace and a 10o% possible ineffective repair if it's not 100% flat and to spec.

 I think it's simply a seal design that is dependent on a precise match of the tub/door and absolute flatness of the PLASTIC TUB. I'm not a rocket scientist but I don't think the flatness and STIFFNESS required for this seal design is possible on a plastic tub that is soft enough to withstand the heating/cooling and detergent of the dishwasher. If this was the intended design, the engineer is incompetent. SST tub... MAYBE a good fit would be possible.

A better design would have some sort of mechanical "trap" or "dam" formed into the tub to prevent the water force from directly hitting the seal. The seal should be a back-up line of defense.

The tape is a temporary test for me to see if it's fixed. My plan was to adhere a piece of plastic to the bottom of the tub (under the seal) about 1/16" thick so the BOTTOM DOOR SEAL contacts the tub bottom more tightly. This was likely the intended design. First though, I might do the "dam". Adhere a 1/4' X 1/4" plastic strip inside the tub, just in front of the seal. This should  stop the direct water force from pushing against the seal. Alternatively, another 1/4" strip in the outside of the seal would make the seal fit into a groove. This might be a fine solution and be a 100% mechanical means to stop the water from flowing out. This would leave the fragile seal from getting over-squished and failing (see : seal is part of the door liner).

It saddens me that so many of these can get out of the factory (or out of the test lab) without a competent engineer catching this. It's like it's the first dishwasher they ever made.

Good luck.

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Sorry about the delay in time in getting back to your problem if not already resolved heres what you can try. Remove the bottom panel and run through a load, to see exactly where leak is coming from, most common place for leak is through the heater hold down brass nuts. They crack and need to be replaced

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One possible solution to your problem could be as follows... Could have been little regular soap or something put in that made it suds up causing it to leak out of the front and sometimes not to drain all water out. Pouring vegetable oil into the dish washer tub will remove the suds. After running vegetable oil for about 5 minutes, pour 2 cups of vinegar in to the tub and run it on the hottest longest cycle with no dishes in it. This will clean the residue out and what ever "gunk" may be in the internal parts. Use Only powder detergent. No gel and No tabs. These 2 cause a build-up over a period of time of use and reduce the performance of your machine. This should take care of your problem. Also could have a bad door seal. Check for any tares in the gasket.

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