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Lcd display very dim and flickering

Every thing else works correctly and the there are no fault codes at!

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I've put up with the same problem on my WD860 for nearly a year. The unit works fine - just the display flickers rapidly, goes very dim or goes off completely (one has to then guess and listen to the beeps to work out what its doing!).
Typically, the fault occurred shortly after the warranty expired. The 5 years parts warranty is a bit of a swizz - as you can only get the parts free if you pay for Hotpoint to fit it.
I did find a place that was offering a new display panel for just over £90.
After much Umming and Arring about ditching the entire machine or gambling on replacing parts (not knowing if it would fix the problem) I Googled the part number "Hotpoint hm0108" and found a place here in the UK (Nottingham) the sells recon parts.
(I won't give the name in case It's classed as advertising). You buy the replacement unit and send your faulty one back to them, which validate their warranty (I guess they recon your part to also sell on).
The display/control unit was just over £40.
Removing the display/panel is dead easy..
- Disconnect the power from the unit (Obviously)
- Remove the 2 screws at the back (from the little brackets). This allows the Lid to be removed. There seems to be a bit of a "knack" to removing the lid - otherwise you break a few little plastic clips!... With both hands push down and back firmly from the front, until the lid slides back about an Inch. Make sure its pushed back as far as it will go before you lift it up - other wise you'll hear the clips break and rattle down inside the unit (Mine did break, but the lid still screws back on fine, so they can't perform any major function!).
- On the display panel pinch the the row of bottom clips all the way along, to release the unit.
- The panel then hinges from the top and slides down and out.
- Remove the data/power Connector block (Which is keyed so that it only fits one way).

Repeat the process in reverse to install the new part.

Everything works a treat. I can now actually see what the unit is displaying!
I've fixed the problem and done my part for the enviroment - by recycling parts that Hotpoint don't make correctly!!... and not had to pay the earth (I think hotpoint wanted nearly £120 for a 2 min job!)... Everyone's a winner!

I have no idea what the actual problem was - obviously a design/manufacture fault with the LCD display unit.

I hope this helps?

(I'll probably never buy anything Hoitpoint again!)

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

  • linda253 Sep 14, 2013

    Thank you very much for taking the time to explain the remedy so well. I found your post very, very helpful

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More than likely a bad or hi resistance ground,to board does everything work?just very dim read-out?

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