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Frigidaire Ultra Quiet FDB635RBB1 too much detergent no water!

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Hello Masters of Appliance Repair,

My teenager dumped a half a box of powdered dishwashing detergent (Great Value brand) onto the lid of the dishwasher when asked to do the dishes. It was accidental, but somehow in his infinite teen logic decided that it wouldn't do to clean it up, so he ran the dishwasher anyways. It predictably did a lousy job on that load, and left gobs of dried up powder everywhere. He swept it out, and was told to re-do the load. Now the water won't go into the dishwasher at all. Will excess detergent make a water inlet valve break? He tried running a cycle with vinegar poured at the bottom and extra water poured into it by hand, and while the machine ran, it lacks the water pressure to adequately make the arms spin or wash anything. It's now essentially useless.

Any ideas what I'm looking at here in terms of repairs?

Thanks so much,

Your humble noob grasshoppa

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First thing to do is purge the machine of all the excessively soapy water. Will the dishwasher pump the water out or is it full of sudsy water?

If the tub is already empty, then check the white safety float in the basin and make sure it doesn't have something stuck underneath it that keeps it in the up position-- it should move freely up and down.

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Thank you for replying, Fermented Master. The washer does drain and the floater has full range of motion. The water just won't go into the machine, which to us makes no sense as a result of too much detergent, unless it somehow managed to get into and block the mechanism that feeds water into it. The rotating arms and holes are clear of hard water deposits.

If we dump in about a gallon of water manually into the tub and then start it, you can hear the water swoosh around for a bit until it drains during the cycle, however the water pressure isn't enough to do much cleaning or to be as loud as it used to be. With this 'fix' it also leaks a few drops of water a minute out of the bottom left side under the lid, above the kick plate.

Thanks,

A desperate hand-washin' grasshoppa

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It's possible that there is no cause-effect relationship between the detergent boo-boo and the water stopping; they may just be coincidental events.

It's easy enough to figure out what the problem is if you have a meter and can use it to make a couple of simple measurements. The first one is to see if you're getting 120vac to the fill valve coil when the dishwasher should be filling with water. The valve is located behind the kickplate and looks like this ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Water-Inlet-Valve/154637401/1378823?modelNumber=FDB635RBB1

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