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Hotpoint Aqarius WF740 with fault F-01

I have a hotpoint aqarius WF740. In the final spin of the cycle I heard an odd noise that made me look over at the machine. A few seconds later I saw a bright spark under the machine and the house fuse blew. There is a slight smell of burning in the air. The machine now says F-01. What has happened? The machine is only 3 years old, but we have had frequent problems with various parts. Is it cost effective to fix, or time to get a new one? Any ideas?

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I concur with the previous assesment of the problem for error code F01, it is indeed a short circuit motor triac.
How ever , at this stage, I would suggest you remove the motor, clean the armature with emery cloth, and see if there is any obvious sign of a short circuit on the armature, if it looks o/k then I would speculate on fittng a new pair of carbons as opposed tro replacing the motor.
I have often done this myself and found in 9 cases out of ten, this does the trick.
If it still does not work , then there is no guarantee that fitting a new motor will solve the prob, as there is a distinct possibility it could have blown the pcb as well.
Then you would have bought a new motor for nothing and this would put it beyond economical repair.
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Hi,
On the Hotpoint series, F-01 is a short circuit on the motor triac. This component controls the variable amount of power to the motor.
As it has shorted out - the probable cause IS the motor itself, so I would start getting quotes for a replacement motor for this model.

Personally I would opt to swap it for a second-hand Zanussi, with a minor fault, rather than a major one like this.
If you do get a second hand-machine, buy a set of brushes for the motor to give it a new lease of life.- They're only cheap. When they fail - they can blow the motor up as I think you've just found out.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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