Frigidaire dishwashers can be an incredible help when it comes to household chores. However, it can be difficult to perform proper maintenance and diagnostics when you do not know what the error codes mean.
In this article, we break down how to perform common maintenance tasks when your Frigidaire dishwasher won’t start.
Frigidaire Dishwasher Troubleshooting Guide: Most Common Problems
1. Dishwasher Not Getting Power
If you find that your dishwasher is not working or the panel lights do not light up, you may have an issue with the electrics. If you have not fixed electronic issues before, we recommend contacting a professional for help. If you have worked on electronics before, there are a few things that can be done:
2. Lock Button Issue
You may find that your control panel lights are on or not responding. In this case, we recommend holding the lock button for three seconds. If this does not work, we recommend holding the Heat Dry Pad button for three seconds. You may want to wait five minutes or so after holding before checking if that fixed the issue.
3. Touchpad Issue
If your touch pad is not working, you may find that the ribbon cable is damaged or that the pad itself is faulty. Disassemble the front panel according to manual instructions, clean the ribbon with a dry clean cloth, and repair the contacts of the cable. If this does not work, you will need to replace your touchpad.
4. Water Supply Issue
If the water supply is having problems, we recommend:
5. Door Latch Or Door Latch Switch
If your dishwasher does not start, you may find that the door latch or door latch switch is faulty. We recommend checking the door latch switch by using a multimeter or a continuity test. If you find that it does not help, you may need to replace the latch or the switch.
6. Incorrect Dishwasher Settings
If you find that your dishwasher is not starting, you may have selected the wrong setting, like an hour delay. Try holding cancel and selecting your desired cycle according to the manual.
Once that is done, ensure that you press start after choosing a cycle. You can change internal settings for your dishwasher by following the manual carefully.
Frigidaire Dishwasher Error Codes (What They Mean)
Modern technology has come so far that some machines can even talk to you; error codes are a machine’s way of telling you what is wrong to help you with maintenance steps.
Frigidaire dishwashers can also display error codes to help you if your Frigidaire dishwasher is not starting. We will break many of them down below.
- 1Error Code HO
This code means that there is a heat delay or low water temperature. The temperature will need to rise before the dishwasher can start.
- 2Error Code LO
LO means that there is low rinse aid in the dispenser. Adding more rinse aid should remove the code.
- 3Error Code PF
PF stands for Power Failure. This typically means that you have experienced a power outage or that the breaker went out. Try checking the breaker and opening and closing the dishwasher door.
- 4Error Code I10
I10 means that your dishwasher’s water level is abnormally low. Check for leaks or clogs in the water supply and that the valve is turned on.
- 5Error Codes I20, I40, Ifo
These codes mean that the drain line is restricted. Inspect your drain line carefully for damage or clogging. If this does not work, checking and cleaning the filter can help.
- 6Error Code I30
Error code I130 means that the bottom pan of the dishwasher has a leak in it. Check the hose connection for damage and that it is securely in. We also recommend ensuring that the dishwasher unit is level on the ground.
- 7Error Code I50
This code means that there has been a drain and wash motor failure. In this case, restart the unit by pressing and holding the cancel button or turning off the power at the breaker.
- 8Error Code ICO
Error code ICO stands for an electronic control system failure. To fix this issue, follow the same steps we describe above for I50.
- 9Error Code UO
This error code is trying to tell you that the dishwasher vent is open. Inspect the vent assembly and wiring and fix according to manual instruction.
- 10Error Code UF
If you receive the error code UF, you may find that your vent is failing or that the fan is not running. We recommend following the steps described in the previous error code in this case.
- 11Error Code ER
Error code ER means that there may be a switch failure or stuck keys. If this code is shown, inspect the wiring between the keypad and main control board for damage or sticky residue.
- 12Error Code CE
Error code CE stands for a configuration error. In this case, follow the steps for the previous error code.
- 13Error Code CL
This error code means that the door needs to be closed. If you find that you cannot close your door, inspect the door for damage and check the connection between the door switch and the control panel for damage or corrosion.
- 14Error Code DP
DP stands for drain pump. This code will typically appear when you are doing a relay test, and the drain pump activates.
- 15Error Code FL
Error code FL means that the water valve is open; this should also show up when doing a relay test.
- 16Error Code HS
This code means that there is a hall sensor error in the motor. We recommend checking the wiring between the motor and the main control board. If fixing the connection does not work, you may need to replace the motor.
- 17Error Code RA
Error code RA stands for rinse aid reed switch failure. If you see this code, try refilling the rinse aid dispenser first. If that does not help, then inspect the connection between the dispenser and the main control board. If that does not work, you may need to replace the dispenser assembly.
- 18Error Code RE
RE means that the rinse aid switch in the dispenser is closed.
- 19Error Code RF
This error code means that the rinse aid reed switch is open. As with RA, we recommend refilling the dispenser or replacing it entirely.
- 20Error Code Rt
Error code RT means that the relay test mode on your dishwasher has begun.
How To Reset Frigidaire Dishwasher: Easy Step By Step Guide
All types of dishwasher brands run into issues eventually; resetting them is a common part of the maintenance and diagnostics process. Typically, the issues that dishwashers face can be summarized with a system failure, power failure, or wiring issues.
Need to know how to reset your Frigidaire dishwasher? We have you covered. Depending on your Frigidaire dishwasher model, you can use one of two methods:
In each case, wait five minutes after resetting to check if the problem has been resolved with a reset.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Is there a fuse on a Frigidaire dishwasher?
There is typically a thermal fuse on a Frigidaire dishwasher. This fuse will shut off power if it overheats and will not let the dishwasher start if it is down.
How do I know if my dishwasher thermal fuse is blown?
If your thermal fuse is blown, you will typically find that your dishwasher is not starting or that it is not drying properly. Dishes may also be dirtier than usual or not hot when removed from the dishwasher.
You Frigidaire dishwasher not turning on does not have to be the end of the world. By using both your model’s manual and our tips above, you should find working with your dishwasher can be easy.
If you find that nothing works or that you have not worked with electronics before, we recommend calling in a qualified professional to help.
Ian Haynes is an expert writer who has successfully deployed over 500 plumbing pages and other related content. He has an excellent understanding of home plumbing issues and translates his experiences via Plumbing Lab so readers can have a better understanding of common household problems. Outside of his work, Ian likes exploring Brooklyn with his Labrador.