Some washing machines use flashing LEDs on the front panel to display error codes. On Hotpoint models without a digital display code, an f05 error is displayed when LED2 and LED4 are flashing.
On newer and premium Hotpoint washing machine models, errors are displayed to the user on a digital display. This is generally located in the top-right corner of the machine’s front. If the display is showing an error message “f05”, “F05” or “F-05”, you’ve come to the right place.
According to the official Hotpoint website, f05 indicates a waste pipe blockage or pump issue. However, there are a variety of other issues that can cause an f05 error to be displayed.
A Hotpoint f05 error could signify that:
- The pressure switch is stuck on “full”
- The pump is blocked or faulty
- There is a blockage in the wastewater pipe
- The washing machine is incorrectly plumbed in
- There is an external blockage in the sewage system
How Do I Fix A Hotpoint f05 Error?
Without specialist tools or professional assistance, an f05 error can often be resolved at home in less than 1 hour.
Attempting to repair or disassemble your washing machine can be dangerous and may void your appliance warranty and electrical safety inspection. As such, we take no liability for the following information.
Always follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions and recommendations.
These simple steps are a general guide to diagnosing and fixing waste pipe blockages and pump issues, the two major factors behind f05 Hotpoint errors. Following these steps may diagnose the root issue affecting your machine and help you to fix a Hotpoint f05 error.
How Do I Fix An f05 Fault?
Step 1: Turn the machine off and then on again.
Step 2: The washing machine may be partially or wholly filled with water; this is a common occurrence during an f05 fault. The drum door will likely be locked shut; this is a safety feature that doesn’t affect the issue at hand.
Step 3: To stay as safe as possible during this process, turn your washing machine off at the wall.
Step 4: Locate the wastewater drain pipe. This is generally a long, bendy tube at the rear of the machine which pumps dirty water into the sewer system. Give it a gentle shake – if you can see or hear liquid inside, the washing machine pump may be blocked or broken.
Hotpoint f05 Error: No Blockage
An f05 error doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a blockage in your washing machine. Following step 5 in our easy guide to fixing a Hotpoint f05 error is essential maintenance.
Regularly clearing the water filter will extend the life of your washing machine and may solve a Hotpoint f05 error entirely.
Hotpoint Washing Machines: How To Clean The Water Filter
Step 5: To remedy this, locate the water drain pipe and water filter. Look for a small flap panel on the front of the unit, near the floor. The water drain pipe (often a small black hose) and the water filter (a large black circular seal which is twisted to remove) sit behind this panel.
Use a tray to drain each of these of water and clean the filter under a tap. Be warned, any liquid that comes out may have a strong odour, indicating mould or a build-up of water softener within the machine.
Step 6: Turn the machine on and check to see if the fault has been resolved. If not, unplug the machine from mains electricity before proceeding to step 7.
Step 7: Check your Hotpoint machine’s handbook to find the pressure switch and air hose. They are generally located underneath the washing machine’s top panel, which is held in place with screws. These parts control water flow into, and sometimes out of, the washing machine.
The pressure switch may have a round appearance, similar to the inside of a household plug. An air hose (generally black) will be attached to the pressure switch and secured with a metal fastener.
Hotpoint F05 Error Code: Pump Issues
Step 8: Loosen the air hose from the pressure switch by sliding the fastener down the tube. Check for any holes or damage to the tube; if damaged, order a replacement tube from a certified supplier. This may fix the f05 error code on Hotpoint washing machines.
If the tube appears in good condition, blow gently into the tube. If you hear a “popping”, “gargling” or “bubbling” then the issue should be resolved. These noises indicate that the pressure switch is unblocked. Reattach the tube tightly to form an airtight seal.
Step 9: If there is no change, locate the pressure chamber bottle or reservoir. This is attached to the other end of the pressure switch tube – it is a small plastic bottle.
When this gets clogged up with dirt and grime, it can cause the pressure switch to fail, leading to an F05 Hotpoint error. Empty and clean the bottle thoroughly with tap water – you could sanitise it to prevent black mould growth.
Step 10: Reassemble the washing machine. Once correctly and safely reassembled, plug the unit back into the mains and turn it on at the wall.
Hotpoint: How To Reset An F05 Error
Step 11: Resetting the washing machine is essential at this stage; the machine’s pressure sensors are extremely sensitive and may present a fault code unless correctly reset. Some models have a dedicated reset function. For those without, consult your Hotpoint washing machine manual.
The suggested method may be to pour 2 litres of water directly into the softener tray (the third compartment in the pull-out drawer, furthest to the right). Then, run a spin and drain cycle. The machine should now be reset and repressurised.
Step 12: If your machine is still showing a Hotpoint f05 fault code at this stage, it’s time to call it quits and get professional assistance. Hotpoint can put customers in contact with approved appliance specialists, who may be able to fix your washing machine at home.