Frigidaire Dishwasher Model FDB2410HIC1

by John Leake
(Blacksburg, VA)

Frigidaire and Electrolux are the same company. Electrolux has bought back the dishwasher because there is a built in engineering issue that can't be solved unless they redesign the door vent on all of the dishwashers both companies make.


The dishwashers I have owned in the past have a mechanical valve in the door vent that is designed to close when the dishwasher is washing dishes and open to let the steam out during the drying cycle.

Frigidaire and Electrolux have reduced their manufacturing cost by eliminating the door vent valve. Instead, they have a complicated set of louvers within the door channel that is supposed to collect the water condensate and return it to the inner tub. It doesn't work. Open the door once the "Clean" light is lit and you end up with a puddle of water on the floor below the door vent.

After three service calls to my home to remedy this issue, the Frigidaire tech admitted that this is what is going to happen if one doesn't let the dishwasher set for an extended period of time, like over night, before opening the door after the cleaning is finished. There is no solution to this issue.

I asked for a dishwasher that has the door vent in it and I was told that all Frigidaire and Electrolux dishwashers do not have a door vent valve. They did return me the full purchase price less taxes, shipping and installation costs.

The dishwasher does a good job of washing the dishes. It leaves a puddle of water on your floor if you don't let it set overnight. Oh, if you choose not to use the heat cycle to dry the dishes because you might have heat sensitive dishes in the bottom tray, you can let it sit over night and you will have a puddle of water below the door vent after opening the door.

Because of this engineering error, I do not recomend any of the dishwashers that do not have vent valves in their doors. I am a Mechanical Engineer. Removing the door vent valve was not a good thing to do.

UPDATE 2012
John wrote: Thank you for posting the review. People should be made aware of the built in issue. As a side note, Frigidaire didn't want the machine back. I decided to take my time to find a dish washer that didn't have this issue.

Well, the diverter solenoid connected in line with the motorized pump failed. Water would go in, the cycle would run without any water being sprayed because the valve didn't shift to allow the pump to pump to the cleaning jets. The unit, at the end of the cycle pumped the water out.

I ordered a GE dish washer with free shipping and delivery. It is huge compared to the one I took out. I installed it and cranked it up. It has no vent in the door at all. The entire front of the washer is stainless steel as is the tub. It is so quiet when running that you have to hold your ear close to the door to hear a gentle whirring sound. The only time you can really hear that something is happening is when it pumps out. The pump out line connects to the garbage disposal casing. You can hear the water running inside of the disposal casing as it exits via the sewage system. No louder than filling a glass with water.

It is, in my opinion, a fantastic machine. Well thought out from the engineering point of view and it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It is GE model number GDWT160R10SS.

There is no comparison between the old machine and the GE machine. Also, the new machine cost me the same as the Frigidaire.

It is my understanding that the machine can dry without having a vent in the door by circulating the heated moisture laden air inside the washing cavity. The moist air contacts the dishwashers cooler stainless steel sides and condenses and the condensate runs down into the sump area.

Whatever they are doing, it works.

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