Question about Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing Dishwasher

1 Answer

Zanussi ZSF6160 Water not heating

The water does not heat when the dishwasher is being used on any programme. I've tested the heating element (at least I think I have) which gave a reading of 26 Ohms. What could be the problem? Please help!

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 331 Answers
Re: Zanussi ZSF6160 Water not heating

Mantona, you're on the right track. Your heater terminals are large, insulated and poke through the tub facing downward. To test this, remove one of the wires connected to the terminal, then check OHMS. If this is what you did, you don't have to do that again. Elements rarely fail, the problem most likely resides in the hi-limit thermostat. You know where the element is, now follow one of the wires back toward the control panel. One of the element wires will pass through the thermostat (in series) before going to the control. The thermostat is mounted tightly to the bottom of the tub, touching it to monitor temperature. When you find it, remove one of the wires (there are 2) and check OHMS. You should read ~1 Ohm, if you read infinity, you found the problem. (You can verify your finding by removing both wires from it and connect them together. Then run a wash load to check the heater. Don't leave it in this condition! The thermostat is a safety device and should not be permanently bypassed! If your test of the t'stat proves that it's OK, you'll have to test it with power on and running. I can walk you through this if needed. Let us know how it turns out.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Got a zanussi dishwasher zsf6160, lights working but none of the programmes are starting, not taking in any water?

if you can here the drain pump run at the start the fault is with the water valve or blockage in the side tank on the lh side. if you dont here the drain pump it possibly the heater thats down to earth. the electronics can detact it and not start the prog if heater faulty.

Jul 22, 2010 | Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing...

2 Answers

I have a Zanussi ZSF 6160 dishwasher which is not heating the water. I've checked the PCB and visually it appears ok. How do I change the heating element?

measure the heating element resistance it should be around 25 ohm.
otherwise it is the problem.

You can replace the relay, sometimes it stop working with no external damage signs

Jan 08, 2010 | Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing...

1 Answer

Dishwasher running on cold water

that will be the callrod heater at the bottom look at it in the bottom to see if you see any cracks
not an easy job

Apr 17, 2009 | Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing...

1 Answer

Dishwasher stuck on wash cycle and water does not heat up

The element that heats your water may be bad or the control panel(board) could be bad as well. If your machine is older than say 10 years old, it probably is the board. If you can, check the element by feeling to see if it is rusted through or has a rough feel to it in any particular area. The signal telling it to go into the rinse phase is an indication the the board is bad. Is it still under warranty?

Dec 13, 2008 | Zanussi 18 in. DE4744 Free-standing...

3 Answers

Zanussi dishwasher

hi there sounds like a possible dry joint on the pcb repair and try first

Nov 26, 2007 | Zanussi ZT485 Built-in Dishwasher

1 Answer


Possibly tge heating element,I am having the same problem .When I check during the operation it appears that the water is not heating up. Only runs the rinse programme without the error message as I assume that uses cold water only?

Nov 21, 2007 | Zanussi 24 in. DE6965 Built-in Dishwasher

1 Answer

Water not heating

probably not, believe it or not. If they actually designed a trace to fail under load, then they could not predict when it may happen. Yes, things get more load-some over long use and demand more current, but the pcb trace was probably not intentionally too small. Let's say it was designed too small. So at first startup it carries 9.5 Amps. The next factory unit draws 9.8 amps. the next unit, wait a minute, draws 10 amps and blew the trace before it got shipped. I think this under-design was a simple oversight, but one that should have demanded a product recall from Zanussi that would send a tech to every unit to install a pcb with a beefier trace. Email Zanussi and complain! Just curious...can you measure how wide is this pcb trace? It should be about 1/4 inch wide.

Sep 19, 2007 | Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing...

1 Answer

Water isn't heating up and not drying

Check with a multi-meter for voltage (220/115v) on heating element's tags. If you can read this voltage on tags - you should replace the heating element In case you can't read voltage on its tags, disconnect one of the wires from its tag (you should unplug first your machine's power cable!) and test for element's resistance - If you can read its resistance, you should replace the thermostat. In case of no resistance - you should replace element and thermostat Good luck!

Mar 12, 2007 | Zanussi 18 in. ZSF4123 Slim-Line...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Zanussi 24 in. ZSF6160 Free-standing Dishwasher Logo

245 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Zanussi Dishwashers Experts

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Mike Cairns
Mike Cairns

Level 3 Expert

3053 Answers


Level 3 Expert

1772 Answers

Are you a Zanussi Dishwasher Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides