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How To Repair Your Hotpoint Aquarius Dishwasher

Updated on November 1, 2012

How To Repair Your Hotpoint Aquarius Dishwasher

Dishwashers can be temperamental at the best of times. It is possible for the problems to be diagnosed and fixed without the need for a large repair bill ,or worse still, a new dishwasher. You will probably now know that when you need to sort out any kind of problem with any sort of machinery the first and best place to seek information is the internet. Good old Google in other words.

This is my first port of call and I usually find the answer immediately. This is because there are people who have had the same problem and have written about it somewhere on the net.

I recently had a problem where my Hotpoint FDW 60 dishwasher would not fully empty and two alarm lights would flash to indicate there is a problem. The first snag was that our instruction booklet did not tell us what the two flashing panel lights meant. Every other code was listed but the ones we wanted. After Googling the question it was apparent that there was a blockage in the filter / pump.Incidentally if you want to see what the alarm codes mean a quick Google search for hotpoint aquarius dishwasher fault codes will reveal all the information you will need.


So my Hotpoint Aquarius could have a blocked pump.

What now I hear you ask?

The best way to find out put is to pull out your Hotpoint Aquarius dishwasher and open the drop down front door. Check the filter is clear by first removing the metal shroud surrounding the filter. Gently pull out the filter and you will see the hole left. Look inside for any restrictions in the waste water trap.My advice to you at this point is to ladel out the water which is sitting in the bottom of the machine as you will shortly be tipping the machine on its side.This will save you any undue time clearing up the kitchen floor.

If this is all clear tip the machine on it's side so you get access to the panel on the underside. There are about six self tapping screws to remove and the bottom plate will come free. In front of you now, you will see at the right in front of the main motor is the pump. Loosen the screw which attaches the pump to the main body and twist the pump in an anti clockwise direction, just like removing a bayonet light bulb from it's fitting. You should now be able to see inside the body of the pump. Looking inside the pump there is a set of fins which should rotate. If the fin does not rotate then there is almost certainly a blockage. Gently tap the body of the pump in your hand and the obstruction should clear and fall out. ( It may take a few goes to free up ).

Hotpoint FDW 60


Blockage clear...what now?

So the blockage is clear. All there is to do now is a reverse of the procedure you have just performed. Carefully fit the pump back on its fitting and gently...very gently push and twist the pump home in a clockwise direction. Once located fasten back up with the self tapping screw. On the pump there are three locating lugs. Undue force will break the lugs so it is imperative that you use the minimum of force when twisting back into place. A new pump will cost between £35 and £50 so could be costly if you are unfortunate enough to break all the locating lugs.

Put the plate back on the machine on the underside and lift the machine to an upright position. Put back the filter and shroud and you are ready for the all important test.

If you have got it right then the machine will work as it always has done. If not you will get the warning lights on the front panel again after a few minutes of the dishwasher being turned on.



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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Tracey843 glad to hear it. Thanks for your comment and for reading.

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    tracey843 4 years ago

    Hi Posh coffee, you saved me again, blocked pump, followed instructions and I have a working dishwasher again. That's twice I have followed your advice, twice you have saved me money! Thank you I owe you a posh coffee. Tracey843. Merry Christmas!

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    Diana Grant 4 years ago from London

    I recently got rid of my Aquarius washing machine because it was playing up and I couldn't find out how to fix it myself. Probably if I had called in a repairer it could have been mended, but I wasn't prepared to risk the expense. Bad housekeeping, and over-cautious you might think, but I have had a problem with a dishwasher repair not so long ago, and ended up paying £120 but still having to buy a new one. It's made me a bit cagey.

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    Andy Giles 4 years ago

    Hi, I used all your advice, which was great and easy to follow however my machine still doesn't drain the water. I didn't have any warning lights and still don't have any, it works, starts a prewash cycle and starts to leak as it fills up with water. Any ideas? I think I need to replace the filter pump but thought I would check in case it was another issue, filter pump and pipe appear clear as I poured hot water through both. Model is aquarius FDW60G, thanks

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Anthony Banks, which model do you have and which lights are flashing. Will try to help if I can. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Anthony Binks 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

    Nice wee Hub.

    I have a hotpoint dishwasher but not an aquarius. I find the one I have to be very tempramental. I tried unblocking it as you say but that hasn't cleared it, the warning lights still come on... next thing is to get Hotpoint out to look at it but that's £100 before they even do anything. Thanks for your advice.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    It is gratifying to know that my articles are of use tracey843. Thanks so much for reading and most of all for taking the time to comment.

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    tracey843 5 years ago

    I just want to say, I followed the instructions above and my dishwasher is now working. As a lady who doesn't have guy around to help with these things, I am impressed I managed this by myself without any help. Explained brilliantly, clear and concise. Really helpful page, I am most impressed. Thank you!