Having problems with your Frigidaire Dishwashers ?

I have an 18 Inch dishwasher, model #FDR251RJSO. Lately it does not rinse all of the dishes evenly. In particular the stainless, but also some of the glassware comes out filmy and cloudy as if the detergent did not rinse off properly. The detergent I use is Cascade Advanced Power. I have thouroughly cleaned the inside removing any collected debri. I have given the machine a vinegar bath twice, as well as a commercial cleaning product wash. I tried using liquid rinse, which hasn't been used for a


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Hi Maggie and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
\015\012 The dishes being cloudy and spotty stainless is a symptom of believe it or not in most cases a drain restriction external to the dishwasher. The drain is most likely partially clogged somewhere after the dishwasher. This can be in the area of the sink Air-Gap, the Garbage Disposal Port or if a direct sink connection the sink connection port. You need to pull the cover off of the Air-Gap, unscrew the inner cap then lift off the cap and look inside the Air-Gap for debris. Some installations do not use an Air-Gap but most do. Use a flashlight and look inside at the Air-Gap to sink hose connection port also. Then check the rest of the plumbing connections for restrictions.
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\015\012I am sure you have probably already done the above but you must make sure you check the sink connection ports.
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\015\012 Frigidaire is owned by Electrolux. What I am trying to find out is this a portable dishwasher or built in? Most 18 inch dishwashers are portable but there are exceptions. If it is a portable unit.. take it outside and lay it on it's side.... a side you know there are not any electrical components and hose out the bottom of the INSIDE TUB area ONLY of the machine. DO NOT get any water on any electrical components or door controls. Use a nozzle that you can rapidly turn the water on and off but your aiming at the lower sump area trying to flush food particulate from any pump inlet ports. Probably sounds nuts but.. I have done this many times on portables. Sure saves lots of time and effort. If yours is built in then the lower wash arm and support will have to be removed and the sump area inspected for debris. There can even be something blocking the pump inlet like soft plastic. Last check is to inspect the motor pump impeller for any looseness or broken blades.
\015\012Your units wash water system has the lower spray arm, spray arm base support, tower, a diffuser, the pump which has both upper and lower impeller blades along with a macerator. Any one of these can affect your dishwashers performance.
\015\012If you are absolutely certain that the drain is clear... you must start looking at the wash system components above "In italics"
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\015\012Thanks for choosing FixYa, Kelly
Hi

The issue seems to be with the float switch assembly that is bad and should be replaced. Float assembly is found inside the dishwasher's tub, on the bottom. The water that fills your dishwasher lifts the float, and when it reaches a certain level, it acts as a trigger for the float switch. The float triggers the float switch to shut off, thereby shutting off the flow of water into the dishwasher. A defective switch may interfere with your dishwasher's filling and/or draining ability. Use your voltmeter to test the switch. Set the device to the ohms setting x 1. Take each probe and touch them to one switch terminal each. This should produce a reading of either zero or infinity. Continue to touch the probes to the terminals, and press down on the switch's button. The reading should change to the opposite extreme. If your switch fails either of these tests, you should replace it. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.


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