Question about Fisher and Paykel 24 in. DS-603 Built-in Dishwasher

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We just purchased a used Fisher and Paykel DS 603-i. After installing and running the normal cycle there was a lot of water left on the bottom of each drawer. We ran the bottom drawer (water stil siiting on the bottom of the top drawer) and part way through the main wash cycle we got what I think was a F1 error code (we do not have the LCD version but the Rinse light was activated). I took out the bottom drawer, dried out the basin and then took out the washer and reattached the drainage pipes to the air gap on the sink (previously the drainage hoses were just placed in a drain pipe behind the washer. I ran the rinse cylce on the top and bottom drawer and there was still alot of water in the bottom of the drawers (1/2 inch or so). I am currently running the top drawer on the fast cycle and I haven't heard any draining or seen any water go through the air gap. Any ideas, any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

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  • j_pickel Jun 04, 2010

    Yes, the solution was perfect! Just the advice I needed. I wish I would have found this site sooner. Thank you!



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Thanks for using FixYa.
F1 error means that the flood switch has been activated. You’ll need to reset it by powering off the breaker or by unplugging the unit from the power socket and mains for more than five minutes. Please check that there is no blockage in the drain hose and it is not raised higher otherwise the water will run back to the dishwasher. Also perform the following procedure---

    • Unplug power and remove bottom dish drawer
    • Use a Sponge and dry all the excess water underneath
    • Remove circuit board cover
    • Dry all around and underneath as much as possible
    • Apply hairdryer for 10-15min

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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  • j_pickel Jun 03, 2010

    I did use the hair dryer to dry out the bottom and am no longer receiving the F1 message but the washer is still not draining correctly. How high is too high to hang the hoses?

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jun 03, 2010

    As I said check the drain hose for any blockages and also check the flood switch that is located at the bottom of dishwasher.

  • j_pickel Jun 04, 2010

    Note, I am no longer receving the error message and I checked and dried around the flood switch. I disconnected the drain hoses from the sink air break and put them into a bucket then ran the rinse cycle on both drawers. The hoses are definately draining some water which would seem to rule out a blockage in the hoses. However, after the rinse cycle there is still approximately 2 inches of water left in the bottom of the drawers. The machine is now leaking out of the bottom as well but not out of the hoses in back. Any ideas?

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jun 04, 2010

    Also make
    sure the dishwasher is sitting level (you can adjust the front feet up or down,
    and many units have some type of levelers at the rear). Water under the
    dishwasher may be originating from a leaky hose or loose hose connection.
    Remove the lower front panel, and check the hoses. The pump seal may be
    defective, too; replacing this is a job for an appliance repairperson. An older
    dishwasher may corrode at the bottom, but this is fairly uncommon. If this is
    the case with your dishwasher, it's time for a new one.

  • j_pickel Jun 04, 2010

    Well it seems like the leveling did the trick! It was level from side to side but not front to back. I raised the back feet a bit and now it drains completely. Thank you!!

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jun 04, 2010

    Great! Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.




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