How to Replace the Heating Element in Your Frigidaire Dishwasher

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The heating element in your Frigidaire dishwasher model FGID2466QF has two important jobs. First, during the wash cycle, it increases the water temperature, and second, it heats up your dishwasher to dry your dishes. If the heating element burns out or is damaged, your dishes will come out of your appliance dirty and wet. To replace the heating element in your Frigidaire dishwasher, follow the step-by-step guide provided below.

How to Replace the Heating Element in Your Frigidaire Dishwasher

Unplug your dishwasher and turn off the water supply running to the appliance. Safety goggles and work gloves should be worn during the replacement process.
  1. Open the dishwasher’s door, and remove the bottom dish rack. With the dish rack out of the way, pull up on the lower spray arm to disconnect it from the appliance. The heating element is now visible. However, before you can extract it, close the dishwasher’s door. Using a Phillips screwdriver, take out the two mounting screws that attach the dishwasher to the counter and carefully pull the appliance forward a few inches to make accessing the lower panel easier.
  2. With your Phillips screwdriver, unthread the mounting screws securing the lower access panel to the dishwasher. Take the panel off, and reach under the appliance to disconnect the heating element wires. Using a ½ inch wrench, remove the nuts holding the heating element in place.
  3. Stand up and open the appliance’s door. Pull the heating element terminals out of the tub base, and disconnect the element from the brackets.
  4. Now it’s time to install the new heating element. Snap the element into the brackets and insert the heating terminals into the holes in the bottom of the tub. Reattach the lower spray arm and slide the dish rack back into the dishwasher.
  5. Close the appliance door, and reach under the dishwasher. Reinstall the nuts that secure the heating element terminals, and connect the wires to the terminals. Line-up the lower access door and reattach the mounting screws that hold it in place.
  6. Slide your dishwasher back, and with the two mounting screws you removed earlier, secure it to the counter.
  7. Plug your dishwasher in and turn on the water supply. Fill your appliance with dirty dishes and test out your repair.
If the new heating element didn’t solve your dishwasher’s malfunction, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you diagnose and repair your appliance.