How to Troubleshoot a Hotpoint Aquarius


The Hotpoint Aquarius line of dishwashers provides a convenient way to clean dishes, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils with several different wash cycles, including intensive wash for very dirty dishes and eco wash for low energy consumption. While designed to run for years of reliable service, over time normal wear and tear may result in a problem with your Hotpoint Aquarius dishwasher. Following some simple troubleshooting steps will help you fix the problem before you need to call for service.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft brush

Dishwasher Won't Start

  • Plug the dishwasher in or connected it to the power source. Check the circuit breaker that provides power to the dishwasher to see if it has tripped, and reset the breaker, if needed.

  • Turn the water supply valve under the kitchen sink for the dishwasher counterclockwise to open it completely and verify the water supply line has sufficient pressure. Examine the supply line for kinks that may prevent proper water flow to the unit.

  • Open the door of the dishwasher, and then close it again to reset the door switch that allows the dishwasher to operate.

Dishes Not Cleaning

  • Add the proper amount of detergent to the dishwasher before running the cycle.

  • Reorganize the dishes in the racks to allow for proper water flow in the dishwasher. Select the appropriate washing cycle for the type washing required.

  • Remove the filter located on the bottom panel inside the dishwasher by pulling up on the filter cup. Rinse any large food particles from the filter cup. Scrub the cylindrical filter with a soft brush. Rinse the cylindrical filter thoroughly and replace the filter and filter cup.

  • Remove any obstructions that interfere with the spray arm nozzles spraying and the spray arms turning freely during the washing cycle.

Dish Rinsing Problems

  • Refill the rinse aid container within the dishwasher with liquid rinse aid, if the dishes remain wet after the cycle is complete, or if the rinse aid light is flashing. Finish the cycle to turn the light off.

  • Wash the dishes with a good detergent that has not gone out of condition to promote good rinsing.

  • Adjust the rinsing liquid container setting lower if streaks or staining occur on dishes.


  • Turn the water supply valve under the kitchen sink on, if the dishwasher stops working and rapidly flashes wash cycle lights 2 and 3, or 4 and 5, depending on the unit. Finish the cycle to clear the error.

  • Turn the dishwasher off and remove, clean and replace the filter, if the dishwasher stops working and rapidly flashes wash cycle light 1 and 3, or 3 and 5, depending on the unit. Once the filter is back in position, turn the dishwasher on to finish the cycle and clear the error.

  • Turn the dishwasher off, wait one minute, and then turn it on again, if the unit stops working and rapidly flashes wash cycle light 2 or 4, depending on the unit. This resets the water load solenoid. If the error reoccurs, turn off the power to the unit and have it serviced.

Other Issues

  • Refill the salt container, if the salt refill light is flashing. If the salt refill light continues to flash, run the dishwasher for several cycles to clear the error.

  • Tighten the connections to the water inlet and output hoses behind and under the dishwasher, if you experience leaking during a wash cycle.

  • Check the drain line for any clogs and clear them, if the dishwasher has standing water in it after the wash cycle has finished.

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