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dazedandconfused

Member Since 14 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2014 06:17 PM

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In Topic: Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

28 May 2013 - 04:49 PM

O.K., I finally figured it out! What I just couldn't understand was how a problem with the water inlet would cause the dishwasher to leak in the latter third of the DRAIN cycle but, now I know! After pulling the dishwasher almost all the way out (electrical wiring wouldn't let me go any further) and pulling off the insulation blanket, I noticed that the water stains appearing to emanate from the bottom of the water inlet on the side of the unit were actually coming from farther above (left, rear top-of-side). So, I took a flashlight and shone into the upper back corner of the dishwasher cavity (where the drain hose heads towards the sink drain) and it looked like there was some scale on the outside of the corrugated plastic hose right where it had been forced to do almost a 90 deg angle down towards the floor. Seeing this, I decided to disconnect and then pull the drain hose and, lo and behold, the hose was cracked between five of the 'ribs'!

Now it all started to make sense - this is what was happening. As the unit began the drain cycle, water would leak from the hose into the insulation blanket that it was immediately adjacent to where, after some period of time, the blanket would become locally saturated and water would begin to drip down the side of the cabinet and the unit where I would dutifully catch it or mop it up. This would repeat itself every time the dishwasher would go into drain cycle (3 times per use). So, now I knew I needed a new drain hose for a 23-year old dishwasher, which tuned out not to be a trivial task. Reliable Parts told me that the best I could hope for was a 'universal' corrugated, plastic hose. The one I needed had a 1/2" connection at the dishwasher end and a 5/8" connection at the sink end and was 7' long. After exhausting all of the sources I could think of, I decided to buy 7' of 5/8" I.D. black rubber drain hose and put a short, plastic 'sleeve' inside the dishwasher connection end (the fitting there is only 1/2") and tighten the hose clamp snug.

All is now back together and we are just waiting for the dishwasher to fill up with dishes before we give it a try. Wish me luck!! Being a 'concrete sequential' kind of guy, I need to be able to explain observed behaviour in order to validate possible causes.


In Topic: Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

15 May 2013 - 06:30 PM

There are couple of tab holes on the top outside of the 'inlet' which apparently hold the fill cap and it together. What it would help me to know is what is inside these two pieces - e.g., anything like a filter that could be plugged, causing water to back up? It would also help to know how to take the two of them apart, i.e., how much pressure should I exert on the tabs. Parts may no longer be available for this unit so I need to proceed somewhat cautiously!

Thanks for the response, Sohei. Answers directly to my questions in my previous post would be most helpful. Also, does anybody know if there is a gasket between the white plastic inlet 'chute' and the dishwasher metal wall (or on the inside of the wall)? There is a large white plastic 'nut' on the inside of the dishwasher where the water enters and which I assume is how the water inlet assembly is held to the dishwasher wall but it would seem to need something there to stop it from leaking. Can you please explain how cleaning can be expected to stop the leaking? Reluctant to take it apart unless essential lest I break something using too much force :-(.


In Topic: Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

15 May 2013 - 01:50 PM

OK, so I pulled out the dishwasher and it appears that the leak comes from the vicinity of the tub water inlet. Why it then only leaks during the latter third of the DRAIN cycle is beyond me!! Anyway, the flexible, black, rubber hose from the outlet of the fill valve goes up the left side of the dishwasher and enters the top of a beige, plastic rectangular piece about 3" x 2" x 3/4" which sits on top of and is connected to a white, triangular plastic piece ('chute') that runs down about 5" to form the actual water inlet to the dishwasher (these 'extra' pieces explain why it appeared that the leaking water was coming from ABOVE the dishwasher inlet). The part # on the latter piece is S-270101 and it has white 'scale' on the outside. Since I can't find a diagram of my specific dishwasher model, I have searched and found 'similar' models which call these two parts the 'fill cap' and the 'inlet', respectively. There are couple of tab holes on the top outside of the 'inlet' which apparently hold the fill cap and it together. What it would help me to know is what is inside these two pieces - e.g., anything like a filter that could be plugged, causing water to back up? It would also help to know how to take the two of them apart, i.e., how much pressure should I exert on the tabs. Parts may no longer be available for this unit so I need to proceed somewhat cautiously!


In Topic: Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

09 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

Really though, you just need to pull it and run it outside the cabinetry. That will give you all the answers to all of your mysteries. 

The hot water supply is rigid, copper tubing cut to length so, if I pull the unit out say, 2 ft., to be able to see the affected area on top, how do I temporarily connect the water supply (purchase flexible rubber hose with fittings?)? This will also pull the electrical supply to its limits.


In Topic: Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

08 May 2013 - 03:20 PM

I don't have an ipl on this model.  Some late model Frigidaires have a drying fan located on the outside top right rear corner of the tub.  Might have a pin hole leak in the drain hose.

This is a 23-yr old unit with no drying fan. The leaking is NOT coming from the drain hose (pinhole or otherwise), it is from somewhere on top and the only thing there is the upper wash arm feed, which comes from the pump down below. As I said, it is almost as if it were 'blow-back' from the pump when it is nearing the end of drain mode but that doesn't explain why it only leaks from on top during the drain cycle and not during the wash (much longer cycles).



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