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Salt tray full of water

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I have a hotpoint aquarius dishwasher DF61. It says i need to refill the salt but this holder in the bottom of the dishwasher is full of water. I can't seem to open it out to drain it. any ideas?
Julie

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  • franlib Sep 17, 2008

    this is exactly my problem - any tips?

  • Margaret Casson Feb 09, 2009

    salt light on. Turn dishwasher on and turn knob. no water entering machine and timer knob does not move on.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    salt was added to the dishwasher now it is full of water after a run.

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Just pour a bag of dishwasher salt in water will come out.Then light goes out.

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  • susi Feb 18, 2013

    itmy salt container is full of water you mean to pour salt while the water is there

  • susi Feb 18, 2013

    my salt indicator has never flashed is it ok to fill with salt

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No problem - just tip it in and it will displace the water.

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If all else fails READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

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