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Hotpoint fdw60 eco error code

Have a hotpoint fdw60 dishwasher which wont start wash cycle and then goes on to eco wash but doesnt start, eco light just stays flashing .This is one of the only codes not in book and woman at hotpoint says have to get an engineer out .any ideas what this problem is?

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  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2008

    Same problem! New machine, but flashes eco and won't let you select another programme. Even eco won't start up. Sometimes after much messing, I can select a programme and wash the damn dishes! - Going back to where I bought it!"

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I had this problem too, but discovered the cause and the remedy.

The flashing eco light signifies that the drain sump has water in it. Before the machine takes on water it checks a float located in the sump. If the float says that there is water in the sump then the machine presumes that there has been a problem when draining and decides not to take on any more water.

In my particular case, the sump collected extra water after the machine has last drained itself because the bottom spray arm has come off and allowed some water to enter the machine. Make sure that you check that!

The simple solution is to empty the sump of water. Do this by tipping the machine onto its right side. Warning! You will get wet feet! There was about a 1/4 pint of water in my dishwasher.

After that you should find that your dishwasher works perfectly again! Why Hotpoint couldn't include this simple task in their manual I'll never know! Health & Safety I guess...

HTH!

Posted on Sep 21, 2008

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  • karlburl Dec 19, 2010

    Just experienced this problem myself and, after referring to the user manual which was no help, thought I'd have to call an engineer out. Thankfully I found your solution first.

    I did exactly as suggested - pulled the dishwasher out, tipped it on its side (right side as you face it and only about 45deg) and got wet feet. Solved the problem immediately.

    What a waste of money it would have been to call an engineer out for something so easily resolved. I can't believe it's not included in the manual.

    Thank you.

  • Nick May 12, 2012

    Thanks philhusbands. Your solution worked perfectly for my machine. Went wrong last week, found your solution and tried it today...Bingo.
    Thanks again.

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    seanrooneycn Sep 02, 2012

    Thanks philhusbands, your solution worked a treat!!! thanks again!!! :-))

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    Sean Lee Apr 03, 2014

    Nearly 6 years later and philhusbands is still helping people fix this problem! Thank you so much.

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I would like to thank Philhusbands for his advice on flashing eco light. After being told by hotpoint i would need an engineer plus call out fee. i decided to take a quick look on internet & to my surprise found this artical. So after reading it i did as advised & tipped my dishwasher to one side low & behold water came gushing out. After several minutes of mopping tried selecting programme again & it's working !!Yippee so than you who ever you are.

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I done exactly what philhusbands said, and it worked straight away. my bottom spray arm had also come off.
thanks phil

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Brilliant, I just fixed the flashing 4th and 6th light problem - 2 new heater elements later (2ND ONE IS A HOTPOINT PART (£50) - 1ST one lasted 2 months and was an inferior , cheaper (£35) pattern part - do not use) , then came up against the Eco light - tipped on side, worked straight away. 3 year old machine , £85 worth of parts, my labour, think I'll buy Meile next time!!

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I solved this by removing the filters and simply soaking the excess water out with a tea towel. Worked a treat , only a couple of mins and no need to move the dishwasher

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Just a words of grateful thanks to Philhusbands for letting us know how to fix this "Eco" light problem. As he said: pull out dishwasher, tip it over onto the RHS, get wet feet!!!, stand it upright again, re-install it, and..... Bingo... all systems go! THANK YOU, PHIL!

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Thanks. Helped me the same as all the above answers. So simple!

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Excellent solutions on here. I didn't pull the dishwasher out I used a sponge and a bucket it did the same thing and I kept my feet dry. Just soak up the water around the sump at the bottom. It worked a treat.

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Just tried your solution after having the same error message and the dishwasher is working a treat, a massive thanks to philshusband you saved the day as well as my hands & nails

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Just had the same problem with my FDW60, after an engineer from General "fixing it" 2 hours earlier...cured 3 faults and still left me with a dishwasher not working. Called to see if he would come back and told "No" and then told would have to wait till Thursday as a light was flashing it was a fault but could not say what! Paying General over £200 a year to repair my appliances and having to wait over 2 weeks! Luckily found this post and problem solved!! Thank you ever so.....would have had dish pan hands soon.

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What a result something so simple done exactly as said and its back working fantastic Thanks colin

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