Standing Water Will Not Drain in a Frigidaire Dishwasher

Frigidaire, a division of Electrolux, offers built-in and portable dishwashers, which come with features like delayed start and stainless steel finishes. Frigidaire has both budget and top-of-the-line dishwashers, but all of these dishwashers are designed to work efficiently and trouble-free. You may, however, still experience minor issues, like water not draining from your dishwasher. Troubleshoot and fix these problems to avoid repair fees.

Normal Operation

Your Frigidaire normally has a small amount of water left on the bottom of the tub after the cycle is complete. This water prevents the water seal from drying out and cracking. If you have a lot of water on the floor of the tub, verify that the cycle is complete. If it is not, close the door and restart the cycle. Wait for the cycle to end before opening the door again. Your dishwasher normally pauses between cycles.

Hoses/Air Gap

The drainage hose on the rear of your dishwasher is responsible for catching water exiting from the tub. If the hose is clogged or kinked, water won't exit the dishwasher. Straighten the hose if kinked, or replace it if badly crushed. Stop the dishwasher, and unscrew the hose. Use a flashlight to look inside the hose, and clean the hose with a plastic utensil. The air gap can also get clogged with debris. The air gap is located near the sink. Clean it out if dirty. Run your food waste disposer if connected to your dishwasher to clear out any built-up debris. Remove the knockout plug from the disposer if you just installed it.

Drain Valve

The drain valve is located on the base of your Frigidaire dishwasher. This component opens and closes, moving water from the tub to the drain. If the valve is stuck, water won't fill or drain from your tub. See if any items like utensils are blocking the valve, keeping it from opening. Clean out the part if debris is caught inside. You can dig out this debris with a plastic spoon. Lubricate the valve lever if the valve is stuck in place. If the valve still won't work, either replace just the internal solenoid, if burnt out, or replace the entire pump assembly.


The pump may get clogged with food particles or with items like glass. Stop the wash cycle, and disconnect the power to the dishwasher. Remove the spray arm and bottom rack. Clean the pump with a toothpick to remove any clogs. Examine the pump, and see if any components, like the impeller, are broken. Replace the entire pump since it's difficult to repair. If the motor hums but doesn't drain, it may be stuck. Open up the main housing, and rotate the motor until it freely rotates.