How to Clean a Smelly Frigidaire Dishwasher

Has your Frigidaire dishwasher model FFCD2418US smelled anything but pleasant lately? If you’re shaking your head yes, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Kitchens all over the country suffer from smelly dishwashers, luckily getting rid of that sour odor is easier than you may think.

Where’s the Smell Coming From?

  • Grimy filters
  • Food build-up at the bottom edge of your dishwasher door
  • Clogged spray arm holes
  • Dry food stuck to your dishwasher door gasket

How to Get Rid of Unpleasant Smells in Your Frigidaire Dishwasher

Clean the filter. Your dishwasher’s filter is the first place you should inspect when you’re trying to find the cause behind your smelly appliance. To gain access to the filter, remove the bottom dish rack and pull out the lower spray arm assembly. With both components out of the way, you can lift the main filter and the base filter out of your dishwasher. Separate the two filters by pulling them apart. Fill a large container or your bathtub with warm soapy water and allow the filters to soak. After soaking for 15 to 20 minutes, use a rag to gently wipe both filters clean. If you are unable to remove all the gunk or you spot any tears in the filter screens, you’ll need to replace the damaged component with a new one. After you’re satisfied with how clean the filters are, place them back in your dishwasher, and reinsert the lower spray arm assembly and the bottom dish rack.
Clean the bottom inside edge of your dishwasher door. Food tends to get stuck in this area, and may end up getting moldy as it sits for weeks untouched. Simply open the dishwasher door, and spray the area with warm soapy water. Let the dry food soak for a bit before wiping it away. Cleaning the area on a weekly basis will stop moldy food from turning your appliance into a smelly mess.
Clean your dishwasher spray arms. Tiny food particles can clog the holes in your appliance’s spray arms. While unsavory odors are one symptom of clogged spray arms, a dishwasher that won’t clean properly is another symptom. To get rid of the food particles, take the spray arms out of your appliance, and use a sewing needle to remove the debris. Once all the holes are clear, clean the spray arm with soapy water and a rag.
Clean the door gasket. Inspect your door gasket. If you find food stuck on it, wipe it down with a sponge and warm soapy water. While examining the seal, you should also look for tears in the rubber or mold growing on the gasket, the presence of either means you need to replace the damaged seal with a new one.
Run a clean cycle. Now that you’ve finished cleaning your dishwasher by hand, it’s time to fill a bowl with distilled white vinegar and place it in the middle of your appliance’s upper dish rack. Once you’ve done that, close the dishwasher door and run a full clean cycle. The vinegar will sanitize your whole dishwasher and get rid of any leftover food residue. To finish off the deep cleaning processes, sprinkle baking soda on the floor of your dishwasher, and this time, run a short wash cycle. This should remove any lingering odors, including the smell of vinegar.
If your dishwasher smells and no amount of cleaning is getting rid of the unwanted odor, there may be an underlying issue with the appliance’s drain hose. To find out whether or not a malfunctioning component is causing the unpleasant smell, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of highly trained appliance repair technicians.