F01 Hotpoint Washing Machine Error Code? (F01 fault explained)

If you own a Hotpoint washing machine and it has either stopped working or some of the functions can’t be selected and it is displaying F01 what does it mean? And how can you fix it? Keep reading to find the answer to both of these questions and more.

It’s really annoying when an appliance lets us down and even more annoying when it talks in a code that only the manufacturer understands. In this case, it’s Hotpoint and the offending error code is F01.

Error code F01 means the machine has an electronic circuit board fault

What Does Error Code F01 mean?

According to Hotpoint the error code F01 means the washing machine has an electronic circuit board fault. That might be helpful to an electrician, but to the average householder it might as well be written in a foreign language. Which of course, in a way, it is.

All of these error codes only mean something to an electrical engineer, but we’ve done some research and this is what we’ve found.

What Does Electronic Circuit Board Fault Mean?

An electronic circuit board fault could mean practically anything. The electronic circuit board contains multiple components and any of them could have developed a fault. In the majority of cases F01 on a Hotpoint refers to “a motor triac short”.

What’s A Triac?

Triac is an acronym for a triode for alternating current. Which is basically a 3 terminal electronic component which, when triggered, conducts current in either direction. In this case, the motor triac controls the speed of the washing machine’s motor. However, on investigating the Hotpoint technical manual, their advice is to check the motor and module connections. Which would imply it’s not necessarily a triac short.

So What Is Wrong With The Machine?

There’s obviously something wrong with the washing machine, because it’s stopped working and it’s displaying an error code. Now, that error code signifies there’s a short in the motor triac. And we now know that the triac is a component on the washing machine’s circuit board which controls the speed of the motor.

However, the Hotpoint technical manual advises checking the motor and module connections so it might not be a triac short. There clearly is a fault, just not necessarily the one they say it is.

What To Do If Your Hotpoint Washing Machine Displays F01

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If this is the first time you have ever encountered this fault code on your Hotpoint washing machine, we have a simple but sometimes effective solution you could try.

Disconnect your washing machine from the power supply, this means completely disconnect it by removing the plug from the socket. Leave it disconnected for at least 5 minutes and then reconnect the power supply (plug the machine back in). Wait for at least 30 seconds and then try to start the machine again.

Now, this doesn’t always work. But sometimes there’s just a glitch in the system somewhere and going through that disconnecting ritual seems to sort it out.

What If That Doesn’t Work?

If that doesn’t work, or if it did work and then the fault reappears at a later date, our advice is to contact Hotpoint directly on 0344 822 4224 if your machine is still under warranty. If it’s not still under warranty we advise you to call in a washing machine engineer. Under no circumstances should you try to repair anything electrical if you are not fully qualified to do so.

Other Hotpoint Washing Machine Error Codes

Below is a guide containing all of the Hotpoint error codes we could find and what they say they indicate.

Error CodeWhat It Means (according to Hotpoint)
F01Electronic circuit board fault
F02Motor circuit fault
F03Temperature sensing fault
F05Waste pipe blockage or issues with the pump
F06Door lock fault
F07Fault with either the electronic circuit board or the heating circuit
F08Faulty heater
F09 Software fault
F11Pump circuit fault
F12Electronic control fault
F13Dryer temperature sensing fault (washer dryers)
F15Heater control fault 
F16Drum lock fault (top loaders)
F18Internal data error

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix F01 on my Hotpoint washing machine?

If you see error code F01 on your Hotpoint washing machine, you could try to fix it by resetting the machine. To do this, unplug the machine for 5 minutes, then plug it back in and wait for 30 seconds before trying to start the machine again. If this fails, you’ll need to contact an engineer or the manufacturer if the machine is still under warranty.

What is F01 on my washing machine?

F01 is an error code that signifies a failed electronic control circuit. It can often just be caused by a power outage or a glitch in the system. Try resetting the machine by unplugging it for 5 minutes, then plugging it back in and waiting at least 30 seconds before trying to start the machine again.

What does F01 mean on a Hotpoint washing machine?

The error code F01 on a Hotpoint washing machine means an electronic control circuit fault. The Hotpoint technical manual says it’s a motor triac short. The motor triac controls the speed of the motor in the washing machine. If the triac, or the wirings and connections connected to the triac have developed a fault, this display code will show.

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