How to Replace the Heater Element in a Frigidaire Dishwasher

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The heating element in your Frigidaire dishwasher heats the water and dries the dishes. When the element stops working, you will need to know how to replace it. Replacement elements can be purchased at appliance repair facilities. You will need to provide the sales clerks with your Frigidaire model number so they can get you the correct part for your dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wrench set
  • Replacement heating element
  • Turn the circuit breaker off to the dishwasher to disconnect the power from the unit. The circuit breaker is located inside the home's electrical box.

  • Open the dishwasher door until you can see the screws that secure the top of the lower access panel. Remove the two screws from the top of the access panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Close the dishwasher door and remove the two screws on each side of the access panel. Pull the access panel out and lift it up to remove it.

  • Look under the dishwasher and locate the heating element's terminal wires. Disconnect the wire connections from the heating element terminals using a pair of needle nose pliers. Be sure to grab the wires at the metal leads, and not by the wire itself. Grabbing the wires anywhere but the leads could result in breaking the wires.

  • Remove the two retaining nuts that hold the heater to the bottom of the dishwasher using a wrench.

  • Open the dishwasher door and lift the heater element out of the retainer clips. The retaining clips do not need to be removed from the dishwasher. Place the new heating element into the retaining clips, with the heating element terminals going through the bottom of the dishwasher. Make sure that the rubber seal fits flush on the dishwasher bottom.

  • Reach under the dishwasher and connect the two wires to the heating terminal by sliding the wire leads over the terminals. Secure the heating terminal to the dishwasher using the retaining nuts. Tighten the retaining nuts with a wrench.

  • Reinstall the access panel and secure the sides with the retaining screws. Open the dishwasher door and reinstall the two retaining screws to the top of the access panel. Close the dishwasher door and turn the circuit breaker back on to the dishwasher.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect the power supply from appliances before repairing them.

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