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#256161 Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

Posted by dazedandconfused on 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.

#253924 Frigidaire Dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) Leaking From on Top

Posted by dazedandconfused on 06 May 2013 - 04:05 PM


   Have 23-yr old Frigidaire dishwasher (Cdn. Model BF44P1) that has recently begun leaking from somewhere on top and only during latter third of each drain cycle (when it has almost eliminated all the water). The water (about 4 cups total after the 3 drain cycles) runs down the left side of the tub in 3 or 4 fine streams and ends up on the floor beside the dishwasher (I am now catching some of it in small plastic tray). Seems to me it also leaks more with each drain cycle.

   The only thing I can think of that's up on top is the feed to the upper spray arm and it seems to rotate as it should and connection is tight. Dishwasher has an 'all-in-one' pump that does both washing and draining, with a solenoid activated valve used to switch from one to the other. Don't really want to pull whole unit unless I have to - sometimes moving and undoing things just creates other problems.

   Any thoughts or suggestions?!



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