Frigidaire dishwasher drain line

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Frigidaire dishwasher drain line

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I have a Frigidaire dishwasher (approx. 5 years old) that is not working properly. We recently moved into the apartment and i dont think that the previous occupants did any maintenance etc. There is a foul odor that comes from the sink drain when the dishwasher is running/draining. Additionally, the quality of the washing is not ideal as food particles frequently remain on the dishes after the dishwashing cycle is completed.

I have cleaned out the basket and strainer as best I could. It was pretty gross and covered in a foul black paste. That helped the issues but did not fully resolve them. When I look at the drain line connecting from the dishwasher to my sink drain (no disposal) it appears to have a lot of build up/residue. Water still flows through it and the washer fully drains but it's definitely caked up with gunk.

Should I flush this line and/or replace it? Could it be the cause of the odor and poor performance? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks!!
 
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Old 02-02-13, 10:19 AM
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I would pick up a two pack of Dishwasher Magic and run both bottles thru.

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Yup. Tried that already. Also tried just white vinegar. Neither did anything to help. I also have a drum auger. I could try running that down the line to clean it out. Would that help?
 
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Old 02-02-13, 11:38 AM
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At this point we are grasping at straws. You'll need to clean anything that could be causing the odors.

You could try cleaning that flex line but might be tough with the corrugations. Might just need to replace it at this point.

When installing a drain line.....you need to run it up as high as possible and then back down to the drain. Sometimes I'll install a hook directly to the underside of the counter top to hold the flex line up.
 
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I'm a little apprehensive about diconnecting things from the dishwasher itself because I'm concerned that I won't reinstall it properly and it will leak behind my cabinets without me realizing it. Would disconnecting the line from the sink and then using the auger help? I could also use my wet vac to try to clean it. I tried sliding the dishwasher out from its space one but it didn't budge. It must be secured in place somehow but I saw no visible screws or brackets. I really appreciate the help guys!

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Trish
 
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For the most part the dishwasher is front serviceable. Usually you can see anything leaking by just looking under the front with a flashlight.

To do any servicing you need to remove the toe plate at the bottom front of the dishwashers. Usually held in with two phillips screws.

To pull dishwasher out you may have to shut off and disconnect the water line. The water connects right there in the front of the unit

You will have to disconnect the electric. It must be shut off first and then it's connected in a little silver metal box right there in the front.

There will be two screws going thru tabs at the top of the dishwasher into the bottom of the countertop.
 
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