Frigidaire Dishwasher Won’t Start | Here is How To Fix it

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Your Frigidaire Dishwasher won’t start and you don’t know where to find a solution? In this article, we will show you several of the most common issues which happened with different models of Frigidaire dishwashers.

If your Frigidaire dishwasher won’t start, either by pressing the START button or there is no lights on the display, the most common issues caused by corroded touchpad ribbon cable, a bad power connection in the junction box, a blown thermal fuse on the control board.

Let’s start with a basic troubleshooting.

Please check the dishwasher breaker to make sure it not tripped. If it tripped, in order to reset the breaker, turn it into OFF position and then back ON.

If the control panel has lights on, but does not respond, find a button on the panel with a lock pictogram. Press and hold for 3 sec to unlock.

Some models use the Heat Dry pad as a lock and some model has a Control Lock. If the lock symbol is adjacent to the Heat Dry pad, then you’re dishwashers lock feature is activated utilizing the Heat Dry pad.

The pads will not respond while lock is enabled. To disable this lock, hold the heat dry pad for three seconds and you will hear a beep and the light will go off.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Lock panel

Frigidaire Dishwasher Lights on But Won’t Start

Frigidaire dishwasher that is not responding to the Start button, even though all the other lights work, but when you press START nothing happens?

Or maybe HEAT DRY or HIGH TEMP (or other buttons) flashing, but not responding.

The problem can be with a touchpad or ribbon cable which is attached to the touchpad. Through the control board housing seal, moisture got inside and corroded ribbon cable contacts,

You can disassemble the front panel to get inside the panel and most likely you will be able to fix by yourself by cleaning ribbon cable contacts.

But, if cleaning ribbon cable contacts didn’t solve the problem, you might need to get a new touchpad panel. Here is a procedure on how to do it.

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Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Working, No lights on the panel

If you Frigidaire Dishwasher has no lights and not responding to any button on the panel, the first thing that you need to check is a junction box connection underneath the dishwasher on the right side.

Power cable connected to the Junction box and if it was connected not properly once installed, after some period of time these wires got burnt and lost connection.

You need to TURN BREAKER OFF before doing any repair. First of all strip burnt wire and reconnect with the new Marrette connector.

Another issue which might happen when Frigidaire Dishwasher Won’t Start or not working at all is when THERMAL FUSE is blown on the control board.

Thermal fuse is a safety device located behind control panel preventing the control board from overheating.

The main reason be changing out, is if it overheated or shorted out.

In order to change a thermal fuse, please follow this procedure:

  • TURN BREAKER OFF
  • Open the door and take apart the front panel
  • Carefully remove control panel housing and disconnect thermal fuse from the control board
  • Change the thermal fuse with a new one.
  • DONT DISCONNECT 2 wires which comes with a new Thermal Fuse. You need to connect them directly to the control board.
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12/08/2022 10:26 am GMT
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Reader Comments (93)

  1. Initially my FFID2426TD2A dishwasher had blinking lights and would not respond. Changed the latch- no difference, changed the interface assembly underneath the touchpad- it worked, I ran the dishwasher for one cycle. After it finished- all the lights went out and will not respond – even after resetting it. Any advice?

  2. I bought all three kitchen appliances new for my home and the dishwasher quit working after about five washes, the fridge main board quit within the 2nd year, the stove was defective at the onset as a wire feel of and burned the relay and a unused screw was jammed between the oven door which chipped the oven enamel so it was replaced free but the rest was on me because I didn’t use it soon enough for warranty. Very disappointing product. The fridge still cooled but no other functions (ice/water, light, display). I replaced the board which worked for about a year only.

  3. I have a FFAID2426TS dishwasher. It does not have any display panel to tell me any error code. Although all the manuals keep telling me to look at the area code?
    Our problem is the start button won’t turn on the dishwasher. All the lights go on when pushed individually & when start button is pushed it blinks & dishwasher won’t work.
    Tried resetting by holding start button three seconds and waiting five minutes. Also turned off breaker for five minutes nothing seems to get the dishwasher to start. If the light is blinking on the start button then we are assuming there is no corrosion because it’s still making connection. Cleaned out the drain which worked a couple of days ago and it went on but now it won’t work After trying that again. What else should we try that we haven’t yet?

    • I have the same problem. It sounds like you’ve tried all the basic troubleshooting steps that I have also done. Sometimes the washer will just start working again after sitting for a while which leads me to believe it has a short somewhere. Resetting the unit using a power cycle(switching off the breaker or unplugging) solves most issues with the panel being lit but not starting. Some units have internal fuses that can be replaced but many times it’s just a faulty control panel.
      Other than that I would search your particular unit’s model number in Youtube to see if anyone has had the same issue.
      I have a tech coming out this week to dig in and troubleshoot but I have a feeling the entire touch pad will need to be replaced.

  4. Hi we just purchased Frigidaire Dishwasher FDSH4501AS3A. It displays error code 20 dand not draining. Can you offer z solution to this issue please

  5. My sanitize light is on and drying light is on steady and my dish washer won’t start I tried holding unlock nothing , opening and shutting nothing holding start/cancel nothing 🙁 help please

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