Our Hotpoint Dishwasher is an older model, HDA465-01. It takes water in when you turn it on, but does not engage the washer motor. It just hums. I've heard some possibilities are drive belt, jammed motor, bad motor. Anything else it could be? Most importantly, is it worth it to fix it if it needs parts, or should I get a new one? Thanks.
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Re: Hotpoint Dishwasher Problem
Certainly sounds like the motor is seized. If it is quite old it may not be worth fixing, you should call your local appliance parts dealer with the dishwasher model and serial number and get a quote for a new motor.
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there is an electronic solenoid near where the drainhose connects to the sump that changes the waterflow direction from recirculate(washing), to evacuate (draining). this is electronically controlled by the timer. you can test the power leads at the solenoid for voltage when it sould be draining. if none then the timer is faulty. if there is voltage then the solenoid is faulty. if the solenoid is engageing, then the water diverter is faulty. if the water diverter is broken, replace the dishwasher. overflowing is another problem of its own. the water level float/ sensor is not working and could be caked with detergent. work the float from the inside of the dishwasher, it should move freely. if so, then there is a switch connected to the float on the underside. test it with an ohmmeter. if bad replace it. if it is an electronically timed water level control then it could be a problem with the timer as well, but with hotpoint they are usually manual.
You will need to provide the model number of the dishwasher. However, the likely causes of the lights flashing are many, including water inlet failure, blocked drain filter, leaking seals causing flood switch to trip. You may want to go to the Hotpoint site and find the manual for your model.
IF THE WATER IN PORTABLE DISHWASHER AT THE BOTTOM IS MORE THAN THE DRAIN HOSE FULL OF WATER THEN ASK WARRANTY PEOPLE. WHEN PUMPING WATER UP IT CAN ONLY PUMP SO MUCH WATER OUT OF HOSE BEFORE THE WATER DRAINS BACK INTO DISHWASHER.-- HOPE THIS HELPS
G.E. motors (G.E. and Hotpoint) have an issue with the impeller seizing. Turn the electricity to the appliance off. Remove the lower front panel(s) to gain access to the motor and its impeller. Take a flat head screw driver and carefully insert it within the motor impeller area and try to turn the impeller clockwise. If stuck or hard to turn, keep trying until it loosens (turns freely). If it turns freely, activate the dishwasher and see if it works for you. If the motor impeller does not turn, contact an appliance service company.
If your thinking air in the water supply line, air won't be the cause. I would look to make sure there is not mineral buildup inside the valve, and that the valve is good.
Turn the water off, disconnect the line at the water valve, then carefully tirn the water abck on to make sure there is good flow from the water supply line. If there is, then look toward the dishwasher side. If not, look toward the water supply side.
If the motor is running, the diverter solenoid valve is probably not functioning. It is attached to the pump. With the power off, take the solenoid apart and remove whatever is jamming it. Toothpicks are a favorite as are any large food particle. It may also be bad. Not the problem...you may have a defective timer or your outlet hose is clogged or kinked.
clogged drain or faulty pump would not cause the appliance to leak which it is if understand correctly.
if amount of water is considerable, then it is likely a perished pipe or similiar.
older hotpoints do not have a base so tilt it and have a look
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