States see user manal E 30
The E30 code on Hotpoints means the motor isn't working. This can be due to a failed power module, worn motor brushes (very common on heavily used machines) or a failed motor fuse (usually caused by a worn motor armature). Sometimes it's a failed main circuit board, but this would normally be indicated by other erratic behaviour which you have not described, but it's still a possibility but is the least likely cause.
The tricky bit is knowing what has actually failed if you lack the tools and knowledge to make a diagnosis. The fuse is very cheap, but always blows for a reason: fuses don't just wear out. If the brushes are worn out then it's easy and cheap on a Hotpoint to replace worn carbon brushes: see
for an excellent guide regarding this, all credit to the excellent Washer Help website. If the armature (the bit the brushes make contact with) is badly worn then new brushes won't fix the fault and a new motor is the best option. Hotpoint motors are fairly cheap and easy to replace so don't bother with gambling on a worn secondhand motor as it could fail again at any time.
Diagnosing a failed power module involves using a multimeter to test the module outputs. If the module has failed you still need to check the motor as I've known some peculiar armature failures to blow the module as well (even though the 7.5A motor fuse is meant to prevent this!).
Hotpoints certainly aren't the most reliable machines around, but they are relatively cheap to buy and usually cheap to fix. If the motor has worn out then expect the pump motor to fail very soon as well but again it's usually cheap to replace. When the machine is apart, check the drive belt for wear: Unless it's near perfect then replace it as a matter of course.
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Oct 20, 2009 |
Hotpoint Washing Machines