Operating Instructions. Frigidaire FDPC4314AW, FDPC4314AS, FDPC4314AB

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Operating Instructions

Getting Started

1. Load Dishwasher (See Dish


2. Add detergent (See Filing the

Detergent Dispenser).

3. Add Rinse Aid, if needed (See Rinse


4. Select desired Cycle (See Cycle and

Option Chart). The cycle indicator light will glow when selected.

5. Select desired Option (See Cycle and Option Chart). The indicator light beside the option will glow when selected.

6. Run hot water faucet nearest dishwasher until water is hot. Turn water off.

7. To start, press START/CANCEL pad.

8. Close door to latch.


If the dishwasher door is opened while the unit is running, the START/CANCEL pad must be pressed and the door shut immediately to return the unit to the selected cycle and option, this must happen within 10 minutes for the unit to continue the cycle.

Opening the door during cycle

If you open the door while a cycle is running or delay is counting down, the dishwasher will stop running.

The LEDs of selected cycle and options are illuminated, the status window displays the remaining cycle time. The

LED above START pad will blink to press start.

To resume, press START pad and close the dishwasher door immediately.

The status window displays ‘Close’ after the START pad is pressed.

A tone will sound indicating that the dishwasher will begin running from the point of interruption after the door is closed.

If the dishwasher door is kept open for too long, or the door is closed without pressing START pad, the running cycle or delay countdown will be canceled.

Child Lock Controls

To prevent children from accidentally changing the dishwasher cycle or starting the dishwasher, lock the dishwasher controls by pressing and holding the

Temp pad for 3 seconds while the door is latched. An indicator light on the lock graphic pad will illuminate when the controls are locked and no new selections can be made until the lock is released. To unlock the controls, press the Temp pad, again for 3 seconds until the indicator light goes out.

* Select the Normal and High Temp options along with a Rinse Aid agent for improved drying performance.



Cycle and Option Chart

Cycle and intended use

Heavy Wash

Recommended for pots, pans, casseroles and dinnerware having light to heavily soiled loads.

Normal Wash*

Recommended for lightly to heavily soiled loads.

1 Hr Wash

Recommended for lightly soiled loads only.

Energy Saver

A cycle used to reduce dishwasher energy consumption.

Selectable Options

Temperature; Drying

Sanitize, Max Dry,

Heat Dry

Sanitize, High Temp*,

Max Dry, Heat Dry

Heat Dry

Heat Dry

Water per Cycle


6 - 8.2 gal.

23 - 31 L.

2.9 - 6.7 gal.

11 - 25 L.

5.4 gal.

20 L.

3.2 - 4.5 gal.

12 - 17 L.



2.5 - 3.75


2 - 2.75


1 Hour

2 - 2.5


*Does not include drying time.

Dish Preparation

Scrape away large pieces of food, bones, pits, toothpicks, etc.

The continuously filtered wash fluid will remove remaining food particles. Burned-on foods should be loosened before loading. Empty liquids from glasses and cups.

Foods such as mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice and tomato based products may cause discoloration of stainless steel and plastics if allowed to sit for a long period of time. Unless the dishwasher is to be operated at once, it is best to pre-rinse or use the rinse only cycle to rinse off these food soils.

• Load racks so that large items do not prevent the detergent dispenser from opening.

• Check manufacturer’s recommendations before washing items in question.

• If the dishwasher drains into a

Food Disposer, be sure disposer is completely empty before starting dishwasher.

Loading the Top Rack

Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

The upper rack is designed for flexibility in loading a wide variety of items including cups, glasses, stemware, small plates, bowls, etc.

Load glasses in top rack only. Damage may occur if placed in bottom rack.

Load plastic items in top rack only.

Melting may occur if placed in bottom rack.

Load items with open ends facing down for better cleaning and draining.

Damage may occur if delicate items touch each other during dishwasher operation.

Long-handled knives and utensils can be placed in top rack.

Be sure nothing protrudes through the bottom of the rack to block rotation of middle spray arm.



10 place settings standard loading pattern

12 place settings standard loading pattern

Some models have a fold-down cup shelf or a cup shelf/stemware holder. They can be used to load two levels of cups, juice glasses, and other short items. Stagger items on upper level so that water can reach all inside surfaces. Fold up to load tall glasses.

Upper Rack

The upper rack can be used to wash a wide assortment of items when you don’t have a full load.


Stemware holder/cup shelf not available on all models.

Place the clips of the cup shelf over the horizontal rack wires and push down to attach the cup shelf onto the second wire of the upper rack.



Loading the Bottom Rack

Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

The lower rack is best for plates, saucers, bowls, and cookware. Large items should be placed along the edge so they do not block the spray arm rotation. For best results, place bowls, casseroles, and sauce pans with soiled surface facing down or toward the center. Tilt slightly for better drainage.

Make sure tall items do not block spray arm rotation.

Be sure pan handles do not protrude through the bottom of the rack and block the spray arm rotation.

Loading the Silverware Basket


Load sharp items (knives, skewers, etc.) pointing down.

Failure to do so may result in injury.

Features and appearance of racks and silverware basket may vary from your model.

Load the silverware basket while it is in the bottom rack or take the basket out for loading on a counter or table.

10 place settings standard loading pattern.

Use suggested loading patterns, as shown, to increase washability of the silverware.

Be sure nothing protrudes through bottom of basket or rack to block the spray arm.

Do not mix silver and stainless to avoid damaging the silver finish.

When covers are up, mix items in each section of the basket with some pointing up and some down to avoid nesting.

Water spray cannot reach nested items.

12 place settings standard loading pattern.



Adding a Dish

To add or remove items after wash cycle starts:

• Unlatch door and wait a few seconds until wash action stops before opening.

• Add the item and wait a few seconds to allow cold air to slowly expand inside dishwasher.

• Close door firmly to latch and press the START/CANCEL pad to resume.

• Add detergent just before starting cycle.

• Store detergent in a cool, dry location. Moist or caked detergent may not dissolve properly.


Rinse Aid



Wash Cup


Pre-Wash Cup



The use of industrial grade detergent can damage the heating coil and other parts of the dishwasher leading to damage to the unit and surrounding property. Use only household grade automatic dishwasher detergents.

Filling the Detergent Dispenser

The detergent dispenser has two detergent cups. The smaller one is for addition to the pre-wash and the larger is for release to the main wash.

• Use only fresh automatic dishwashing detergent. Other detergents may cause oversudsing.

• When using automatic dishwashing detergent tabs, place one tab in main wash cup and close.

If the cover is closed on the Main Wash

Cup open by pressing the Cover Latch.

How much Detergent to use

The amount of detergent to use depends on the water hardness. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon. Using too little detergent can result in poor cleaning and hard water filming or spotting. Using too much detergent in soft water can cause etching to some glassware which is surface damage that appears like a film but cannot be wiped off. Your local water company, water softener company or county extension agent can tell you the water hardness in your area.



Wash or



1 Hr. Wash or Energy


Soft Water

(0-3 grains)

2 teaspoons

(each cup:

1/4 full)

2 teaspoons

(Main Wash cup-1/4 full)

Detergent Usage Chart

Medium Hard Water

(4-8 grains)

Hard Water

(9-12 grains)

5 teaspoons

(each cup: fill to line above “Regular”)

8 teaspoons

(each cup: completely full)

5 teaspoons

(each cup: fill to line above “Regular”)

8 teaspoons


Wash cup: completely full)

Very Hard Water

(Over 12 grains)

Each Cup:

Completely Full

(water softener recommended)

Main Wash Cup:

Completely Full

(water softener recommended)

As a rule, use 1 teaspoon for each grain above 12. For very hard water, detergent alone may not be enough and then a water softener is recommended to improve water quality and dishwashing performance.



Rinse Aid

Rinse aid greatly improves drying, reduces water spots, filming, and lubricates wash arm bearing for proper rotation. With it water “sheets” off dishes rather than forming water droplets that cling and leave spots.

A dispenser, located next to the detergent cup, automatically releases a measured amount of rinse aid during the last rinse. If spotting and poor drying are problems, increase the amount of rinse aid dispensed by rotating the dial to a higher number. The dial is located under the dispenser cap. The indicator will be dark when full and will show clear when it is time to refill.

To add liquid rinse aid, turn dispense cap

1/4 turn counterclockwise and lift out.

Pour in rinse aid until liquid touches the indicated fill level Replace cap.

Do not overfill since this can cause oversudsing. Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth.

The dispenser holds enough for 35 to 140 washes, depending on setting.

Dispenser Opening Indicator

The HEAT DRY option in combination with rinse aid will enhance drying performance. The energy required to use the HEAT DRY option costs pennies per cycle. You may choose not to select the

HEAT DRY option; however you will have items in your dish load that will not be completely dry at the end of the cycle.

Water Pressure

The hot water line to dishwasher must provide water pressure between 20 and

120 psi.

Low Water pressure may occur when laundry or showers are in operation. If you experience poor wash performance you may need to wait until water use is reduced before starting dishwasher.

Water Temperature

Hot water is needed for best dishwashing and drying results. Water entering dishwasher should be at least 120 o F

(49 o C) to give satisfactory results.

To check water temperature entering dishwasher:

• Turn on hot water faucet nearest dishwasher for several minutes to clear cool water from pipes.

• Hold a candy or meat thermometer in the water stream to check the temperature.

• If temperature is below 120 o F (49 o C), have a qualified person raise the hot water heater thermostat setting.


Before starting a cycle, run hot water to clear cool water from pipe.

Dispenser Cap Adjustable Setting

* Select the Normal Wash and High Temp pads along with a Rinse Aid agent for improved drying performance.


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Key Features

  • Precision Direct Wash System for thorough cleaning
  • Energy efficient motors for reduced energy consumption
  • NSF certified for use in residential settings
  • Quiet operation for a more peaceful kitchen environment
  • Heated dry option for faster drying times
  • Adjustable racks for accommodating dishes of various sizes
  • Delay start feature for added convenience
  • Child lock for safety
  • Sanitize option for eliminating bacteria

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Frequently Answers and Questions

What should I do if I need assistance with my dishwasher?
You can visit Frigidaire.com, chat with an agent, or call 1-800-374-4432 (1-800-265-8352 in Canada).
Is it safe to place plastics in the dishwasher?
Yes, as long as they are marked "Dishwasher Safe" or equivalent. If not, they may melt.
What is the best cycle for everyday use?
The Normal cycle with the factory default options of normal temperature and heated dry.
How do I prevent accidental entrapment or suffocation?
Before discarding or stopping the use of a dishwasher, remove the door or door latch mechanism.
Is the dishwasher designed to operate with regular house current?
Yes, it operates on 120V, 60Hz with a 15-ampere fuse or circuit breaker (20-ampere fuse if connected with a food disposer).
What safety precautions should I take when unloading the dishwasher after using the Sanitize option?
Use caution, as the contents may be hot to the touch.