Question about Dishwashers
Control panel showing flashing water tap and low rinse aid. Will not reset, have switched power off and on, checked water supply, filled rinse aid. No error code showing. Clicking noise from bottom front rhs. Any clues?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Hotpoint Dishwasher DWF 30
Just one question is the water to the unit turned on ? some times a unit will have a fail safe protection device where it would not start the system if there was no water pressure to prevent damage to the unit, but given the symptoms i really don't think thats it.
It sounds like there may be an internal fuse in the dishwasher circuitry that has blown and needs to be replaced.
Unfortunately without the circuuit diagrams its impossible to say if that is so. the manufacturers today don't supply circuit diagrams with the appliance and they tend to send a repair agent out who changes the whole board rather than just fixing the one problem.
If your adventurous you can try starting to apply power to various parts of the unit to see if they work - i.e. i am sure the pump works if you can get the appropriate power supply to it - but your risking some serious electric shock and issues with blowing things up.
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
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There's an error code on the digital display
It doesn't work at all
It cleans poorly
There's no water entering the machine
The water doesn't drain from the machine
The dry cycle has problems
The door has problems
The cycle doesn't complete
I see an error code
The detergent cup doesn't open
The cycle times are too long
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
SOURCE: Error flashing and won't reset.
PF stands for power failure. the first you should do is check your house breaker and make sure that you did not trip the fuse.
Does anything run? Can you hear the motor running? If not, you have no power coming into the machine. In this case it's the main control board that needs to be replaced.
If the motor hums, it means you have power to the d/w, in that case you need to replace the touchpad.
Posted on Oct 02, 2008
not good there is no way to drain it out. you might be able to take the door apart and take off the rinse aid reservoir and clean it out
Posted on Dec 20, 2008
I did the same thing with my Maytag dishwasher, several times actually, before realizing I was putting blue dish soap in the rinse aid compartment which then wouldn't empty. Then my Maytag started making ominous noises during the rinse cycle (appliance guy said it was "cavitation" noise).
Appliance guy wanted to replace the whole detergent/rinse aid compartment but since he told me the noise was probably caused by the dish soap stuck in the rinse aid compartment, I decided to try to get rid of it first. Here is the method that worked for me; it took most of a day but saved me parts & labor:
1. Get some white vinegar--I used nearly a quart.
2. Fill the rinse aid compartment to brim with the vinegar (overfill) but don't put cap on
3. Raise the dishwasher door slowly until the vinegar drains into the lower part of the chamber (at least this is how my Maytag worked)
4. Agitate the contents as best you can by rapidly shaking the dishwasher door up & down.
5. I also used a small plastic medicine dropper jammed into small openings on each side of the rinse aid compartment to agitate the vinegar by squeezing air into them.
6. Drain the compartment by closing the dishwasher door (move it to full vertical)--vinegar will drain into the bottom of the dishwasher.
7. Repeat above steps a couple times, then fill again w/vinegar, put the cap on and let it stand for awhile. Then drain and repeat the whole routine several times.
8. Blue-colored vinegar will come out which is a good sign (or whatever color your dish soap was).
9. After awhile, I started pouring generous amts of very hot tap water thru the rinse aid compartment, alternating with white vinegar. (No reason you can't use hot vinegar also.)
10. Eventually, all the blue stuff came out & the see-thru levels of the rinse aid compartment were completely clear/empty.
11. Run the dishwasher (I decided to not put any rinse aid in). I got some overfoaming (from the washed out soap) the first time I ran it which I probably could have remedied by adding more vinegar & possibly salt, but the noises were gone!
I just ran the cleaned out dishwasher a 2nd time & it was back to its quiet self with no overfoaming.
Takes some patience but hey, beats a big repair bill!!
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
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Wash Cycle Options
Delay Start (model dependent):
This option allows you to delay the start time of your dishwasher up
to 19 hours.
The Sanitize feature is available only in the Heavy, Auto, Normal and Half Load cycles. Press the
"Sanitize Option" button to activate the Sanitation features during these cycles. The technical sanitation
measures may also improve the drying results. The sanitize LED or The "Water Pipe" symbol will light when sanitation
requirements are met.
Note: The dishwasher automatically defaults to Auto Wash when turned off and back on. If you used the sanitize option
in your last cycle, the dishwasher will default to Auto Wash with the Sanitize option selected when you turn it on.
To achieve proper drying, always use a liquid rinse aid, even if your detergent contains a rinse aid or
Note: The dishwasher indicates low rinse aid by turning on the Refill Rinse Aid indicator LED (for units without
a display) or The "Spray Looking" symbol (for units with a display).
If this light is on, you need to refill the rinse aid dispenser
I got the idea that the "squiggly arrow" has something to do with the sanitize feature also. If you post your model number "on the inside right hand side of your dishwasher door" I'll go get your manual and post the link here. Hope this helps so far! :)
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