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Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Open/Close Problems

When your Frigidaire dishwasher door is not opening or closing properly, it is a frustrating problem. It also tends to be a simple problem to fix.

Most Frigidaire dishwasher door problems are associated with the lock feature. There should be a lit key on the keypad. Hold that button down for three seconds and the light should turn off. Doing so should unlock the door. Otherwise, the door should be repaired.

The boy is putting plates in the dishwasher

In most cases, fixing a problem with a Frigidaire dishwasher door does not involve working with electricity. If you have to work with any electrical parts, make sure that you turn off the power and unplug the dishwasher first.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Opening

Man putting plates in the diswasher

The following are some of the most common solutions when a Frigidaire dishwasher door is not opening. It usually only takes a few moments to fix.

There are control lockout features that sometimes keep you from opening the door. These features are sometimes referred to as a child lock. The child lock can be disengaged by holding down the two buttons marked with the child lock icon. Hold them down for a few seconds until the light goes off.

Although most problems with a Frigidaire door not opening are associated with the lockout feature, there may also be other issues that could lead to the problem as well. These are often mechanical issues associated with the door.

If the door latch is not working properly, it may not allow you to open the door. You will have to take off the panel to manually work the door latch.

Once you have the door open, you can access the latch, remove it, and replace it.

Another thing to consider is the possibility that an installation problem has caused the door to jam. In many cases, a single screw is holding the dishwasher in place and if the screw has backed out, it could block the door.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Won’t Open/Unlock

Confused man while looking at the dishwasher

Locking your Frigidaire dishwasher door is a control feature that allows you to keep the appliance safe for little ones. It can also be a frustrating experience when it is not working properly.

There is a lockout on the control panel to turn the door lock on and off. Two keys will be marked with a child lock icon. Hold down both of those keys for a few seconds until the light goes off and the door opens.

The door latch rarely ever breaks in a Frigidaire dishwasher but it is not without question. If the door latch is not working, it will not allow the door to open.

You can access the door latch by pulling out the dishwasher and removing the panel. You can then work the latch manually. This will take a little time, but once you have the door open, you can then remove the latch and replace it.

Problems with the springs in the door can also cause the door to lock and not open properly. This often occurs when something small gets in the way of the springs.

Removing the panel will allow you access to the springs so you can check for any debris that may be stopping them from working properly.

Over the course of time, dishwashers may shift after installation. This includes the screw that holds the dishwasher in place. That screw is often found at the front of the dishwasher under the countertop.

Make sure that the screw hasn’t loosened and is not blocking the door from opening. If it is, tighten the screw and the door should open.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Won’t Stay Open

Woman putting plates in the dishwasher

Although you should never leave a dishwasher door fully open as it is a hazard, you would want it to stay open as you are unloading the dishes.

In most cases, a problem with a Frigidaire dishwasher door not staying open is associated with the spring tension. If the spring tension is too tight, the door will close with very little effort. Lighten the tension on the springs by turning the screws loose.

In some cases, a Frigidaire dishwasher door will not stay open and it is a safety feature. In order to keep it open, you can roll out the lower rack. The weight of the rack will help the door to stay open properly.

In some models, it is possible to adjust the spring tension or the tension cable. They may have adjusted over time or may need to be adjusted on occasion. The spring and cable tension features keep the door from staying open.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Won’t Open All The Way

Woman putting plates in the dishwasher

We sometimes want our dishwasher door to be open fully so we can unload dishes or load them.

Remove the panel from the dishwasher and pull the dishwasher out. Inspect the door visually and check for any defects or debris in the springs and hinges. Often, a door will not open fully when something is blocking the spring or hinge from working as it should.

Always make sure that the power is turned off to the dishwasher before you do any servicing on it. Since you will be removing the panel, you may have access to electrical parts that could shock you.

If the spring or cable is broken, it may not allow the door to open fully. If you do get the door open fully, it may not close again.

The spring and cables in a Frigidaire dishwasher are relatively easy to replace. If you see that they are damaged, they can be replaced by most homeowners.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Does Not Close/Latch/Lock

Man and his son putting plates in the diswasher

We don’t often give a dishwasher door much thought until it is not operating properly. Here are some things to check if your Frigidaire dishwasher door is not working as it should.

A dishwasher door will not latch properly if the hinges are damaged. You can open the door or remove the panel to access the hinges and visually inspect them. You might also have problems with the door latch, the strike plate, or a number of other moving parts.

Here are some of the things to check when your dishwasher door is not closing or latching:

Door Latch

If the door latch is faulty, the door will not likely close and stay closed. This will also keep your dishwasher from running as the door will open easily. Pull on the door to see if it opens without working the latch.

Door Strike

The door strike is the opposing part to the latch that allows the latch to work. If it has become damaged or clogged with debris, repair the issue.


If you are having problems with the tension cable or if it is broken, it should be replaced. Sometimes, you may be able to adjust the cable.


Over the course of time, a gasket can deform. If the gasket has slipped out of place or is damaged, it may be stopping the door from closing fully.


Check the hinges and if they are damaged or clogged with debris, fix the issue.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Door Won’t Stay Closed

woman checking the dishwasher

If your dishwasher door won’t stay closed, it creates both a safety hazard and your dishwasher will not run. Fortunately, it is typically an easy fix.

Your dishwasher door will not stay closed if the latch is not working properly. Check the latch and strike plate to ensure they are not broken or clogged with debris. Pull on the dishwasher door when it is closed and if it opens without working the latch, the latch needs to be fixed or replaced.

At times, you may not be able to close the door fully if there is something in the way. This seems like an obvious solution but look very carefully at the bottom of the door for anything that might have fallen in place.

An installation problem may also stop the door from staying closed. Dishwashers may shift over time and need to be realigned.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Detergent Door Not Opening

Woman putting plates in the dishwasher

When your dishwasher detergent door is not opening, your dishes will not clean properly. Here are some things to check when this problem occurs.

A spring in the dishwasher dispenser door may sometimes go bad and need to be replaced. Look at this spring and see if it is damaged, broken, or bent. You should also check for any debris that is in the area that would keep the dishwasher detergent door from working properly.

A buildup of detergent in the dishwasher dispenser is sometimes to blame. You may find that detergent and other debris have built up over time.

Clean the dishwasher dispenser carefully and thoroughly. You should also ensure that the water coming into the dishwasher is around 120°F. It will help the detergent to dissolve properly.

Sometimes, using too much detergent or a pod that is too big will stop the detergent door from working. If you have to force the detergent door closed, something is wrong.

Finally, check for items in the bottom rack that may be blocking the detergent door. Tall items are often to blame, such as baking sheets.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Not Opening During Cycle

dishwasher with plates and utensils

If the soap dispenser in your Frigidaire dishwasher is not working properly, you will not be getting the full benefit of the detergent. Check the following to fix the problem.

A soap dispenser can sometimes wear out over time. Check the springs to make sure that they are operating properly and are not clogged by debris. A visual inspection will often turn up a problem that needs to be corrected.

Loading the dishwasher improperly may also be the culprit. If the dishwasher detergent door did not open a single time, it may be a problem with an item in the lower rack blocking the door from opening.

Finally, make sure you are using the right type and amount of detergent. This is also true if you use a pod. Using a pod that is too big will sometimes jam the door closed.

You can lock the door with the control panel and it may have happened inadvertently. Hold down the two buttons that are marked with the lock icon for five seconds and it should release the door. Otherwise, check the screw that is holding the dishwasher in place under the counter countertop to make sure it is not blocking the door.