Flashing Lights & Error/Fault code

by / Saturday, 25 October 2014 / Published in Washing machines


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An error code will be displayed on your washing machine or washer/dryer if the machine has a problem. Error codes will be displayed on your machine in one of two ways: Either on your digital display screen which will show an error code in a letter followed by two numbers format, Or washing machines without digital display it will show a series of flashing lights.

There are different ways that these are displayed so you will need to consult your manual on these or let us know your full model number with the fault sequence and we will try and help you.

These lights when flashing should be read in a binary fashion, these are the typical Hotpoint, Ariston, Indesit & Creda  error codes or fault codes for washing machines and dryers.

Now there may be some variances for older models, but there are 3 main types of board listed  so you need to know what you are looking for. This video is on How to Repair Washing Machine Flashing Lights.

119 Responses to “Flashing Lights & Error/Fault code”

  1. GM says : Reply

    I have a Hotpoint WMXTF742 which is not locking when starting a cycle and doesn’t spin although counts down as if in a wash. Code F06 flashes when turning off and on.

  2. Mr A says : Reply

    I have a Indesit xwa81682 washing machine. Whilat in use the machine stops and all lights start to flash constantly

    Can you help?

  3. Alison Riddoch says : Reply

    Hi I have a hotpoint aquarius WFG321G machine and when i switch it on all the lights start flashing
    but after a few minutes it stops and the machine will work and go through its normal cycle!

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    • Steven Emsley says : Reply

      Please use how-2-repair online tutorials. This fault is covered and helped me to make a successful repair. It is faulty capacitors on the control panel circuit board. They will look bulging or leaking what looks like rust particles. Not the uF rating and V rating and buy from how to repair website. Good stuff. (Obviously you will need a soldering iron and solder & NEED THE SAFETY WARNINGS ON AVOIDING INJURY SUSTAINED FROM A SEVERE ELECTRIC SHOCK!!!!!!!

  4. Justin says : Reply

    Hi there

    I have a Hotpoint WD440 washing machine which has all lights flashing. It used to continue flashing for a bit and then settle so we could use the machine. But now it doesn’t stop flashing.

    How do I repair this?


  5. Reverend Antun says : Reply


    i change the capacitor’s, but the LED’s flashing still as before 🙁

  6. Sharon says : Reply

    I have a Splendor Ariston Washing Machine and I have a problem 2 or 5 or 6. My washer starting flashing lights then it did nothing but try to start but I think I pushed it passed its limit because I can hear it trying to do something but I’m not getting anymore lights and I can’t open the door. Water hasn’t came into the unit but I’m lost now. Is there a reset button? Do I need one or both of the capacitors up top of this article? My husband works out of town and I’m on my own to fix this Please Help!

  7. Val says : Reply

    Aqualtis washer/dryer finished cycle F5 showing can’t open door lights flashing

  8. Arlene Oliver says : Reply

    I have hotpoint washing machine WMFUG , when I turn on key lock flashing and start button Amber flashing light, any help greatly appreciated

  9. kashif says : Reply

    sir i have an indesit washing 7125 machine and when it is powered just one ligh blick and immediately goes off , any help please

  10. Keith Alexander says : Reply

    Thank you for your video Paul.
    My Hotpoint WDAL 8640G suddenly developed the ‘all lights flashing’ error message. It would not pump out and after reset would perpetually fill with water regardless of the programme selected.
    As per the first instruction on your video I checked all the connectors and found one of the wires to the air heater for the dryer mechanism had corroded through. Stripping the wire and crimping a new spade connector fully restored the machine’s function.
    Total repair cost: Less than 20p 😀

    I’m not sure why losing a wire to the air heater would cause the logic unit to go crazy, but I’m just happy it’s working again

  11. Philip Carr says : Reply

    Hi I have a ctd40p hotpoint tumble dryer. I have just fitted a new control box part number 09121501017002. I have a flashing on/off switch and the precreasecare light and alarm lights are on as well.Have you any suggestions Please?

  12. Philip Carr says : Reply

    Sorry it is the time delay light and alarm light not the precrease light. Cheers.

  13. Ian B says : Reply

    I have a Hotpoint FML 942P UK washing machine that has suddenly had all the lights appear constantly on. It appears to perform a wash cycles etc and empties okay, but the lights are permanently on.

    Can you give me any ideas please?

  14. C monks says : Reply

    I have an hotpoint HE8L493 washing machine and is constantly having all lights flashing mid programme,in the past I’ve cleaned out filter and check hose on pump,5x out of 10 it has had a coin stuck in black pipe and worked again for a while but only on set cycles,today I’ve done the same checks and found 20p but this time problem still occurring
    Any ideas what this could be

  15. Gordon Middleton says : Reply

    I have a hotpoint HE8L493.When it gets to the pumping out water cycle all the lights on the fron flash.

    Any idea what could be wrong..
    Thank you


  16. Stephen McBean says : Reply

    Hi Paul
    I have a late 2009 Hotpoint Aquarius + WMF760 washing machine that when switched on starts for about 3 mins then stops constantly (no LED lights displaying, completely dead). When I switch it off from the plug for approx 30 sec then switch it back on the machine resumes for about 2 – 3 mins then switches off again, this is constant.
    I have checked and cleaned the filter at the front of the machine, removed top cover and checked for bad/loose connections, none found,
    I have remove the circuit board from L/H rear of machine and have replaced the 4 capacitors fitted to circuit board with identical capacitors (uf/v), refitted, but this has not solved the problem as the machine is still switching off.
    Any suggestions please?


  17. zameer says : Reply

    DEAR SIR. I have iq300 siemen WASHING MACHINE. in electronic panels all numbers and albhapets flashing .nothing run,
    can you please advice

  18. colin Elford says : Reply

    We have an Indesit washing machine IWB5113.Push start button it’s starts to fill and within a minute it’s starts to drain and ALL lights start flashing. Any ideas?

  19. Jenny says : Reply

    My indesit buttons are all flashing please help

  20. Dave says : Reply

    I have a Hotpoint Aquarius WD420 washer/dryer (about 12 years old?). The on/off light flashes rapidly, none of the 5 horizontally positioned lights above the dials flash, but the top two of the 5 vertically arranged button lights flash slowly.

    These are the “Drying High Heat” and “Reduce Creases” lights. Could you tell me what error this is signifying on this model?

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