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Hotpoint wt960p lcd display very dim ...machine works fine otherwise

Problem as in subject panel...everything works fine except illumination on lcd panel very low.have to be in darkness to see display at all..thanks

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  • mikey44 Apr 02, 2008

    thanks for your help wiz...unfortunately the LCD display is electronically attached to the control unit...decided to buy new control at cost price..cheaper than guaranteed free parts( 89 uk pounds for engineer call out!!!!)parts only free if you have hotpoint service engineer. Thank again.

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Assuming that there is no provision for a panel darkening mode...the panel LCD is probably bad. You might try accessing the unit and unplug/replug in each connector. Sometimes, this will help. Be sure the wall plug is removed before doing this.

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