Hotpoint/Indesit/Whirlpool Error Code F07 (or light flashing 7 times) Explained

If you own an Indesit, Hotpoint, Ariston or Whirlpool washing machine it is possible to get the F07 error code displayed in the LED screen. On older models that don’t have LED display screens, you might get the LED door light flashing 7 times.

This is obviously some sort of error code which can be worrying, especially if you don’t know what it means. If this is the problem you face, keep reading.

In this article we take a close look at the F07 error code, explain exactly what it means as well as offering solutions to this problem.

What Does The F07 Error Code Indicate In Hotpoint Or Indesit Washing Machines?

The F07 error code or the door LED light flashing 7 times (depending on the model) indicates a problem with the heater relay. This could be due to the heater relay being stuck or it cannot be activated.

What Causes The F07 error Code On Hotpoint Or Indesit Washing Machines

There are a number of reasons why the F07 error code is displayed or the LED light is flashing 7 times which include;

Possible CauseSolution
Defective heating elementCheck and replace the heating element if necessary
Defective NTC sensorCheck and replace the NTC sensor if necessary
Wiring FaultContact a technician
Faulty pressure switchCheck and replace/repair the pressure switch as necessary
Defective PCBContact a technician

Let’s look at each of these possible causes;

Defective Heating Element

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The water used to wash your laundry is heated by the heating element. The heating element can become defective and stop working.

The printed circuit board (PCB) or control board gets a message saying that the water isn’t getting to the required temperature and displays the F07 error code or flashes the LED light 7 times.

If you are confident in your abilities, it is possible to check the heating element using a multimeter. However, this does involve pulling the washer away from the wall and removing the rear panel.

If this is a step too far, we recommend contacting a technician to do this for you.

Defective NTC Sensor

The NTC sensor is connected to the heating element and detects the temperature of the water in the drum, making sure it is at the correct temperature for the wash cycle selected.

If this sensor becomes defective, the water won’t reach the required temperature for the cycle that’s running. Or the PCB will receive an incorrect message that makes it appear that the water isn’t hot enough.

This will cause the F07 error code to be displayed or the LED light will flash 7 times.

The technician should automatically check the NTC sensor when investigating the heating element using a multimeter.

Wiring Fault

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There are various wires and connections running from the heating element and the PCB. Over time, any one of these can become loose, detached or shorted out.

Unless you are confident in your DIY abilities, we recommend getting a technician to investigate the wiring and repair/replace any damaged wires or connections.

Faulty Pressure Switch

The pressure switch determines how full the washer is with water by the change in the air pressure in the appliance. As the water level rises, it alters the air pressure triggering the pressure switch.

If the pressure switch becomes stuck or defective in some way, it can indicate an incorrect level of water which can be enough to stop the heater from working.

Defective PCB (Printed Circuit Board)

The PCB or control board has relays for pretty much all of the working components of the washing machine including a relay that controls the heating element.

If this relay becomes defective, 1 of 2 things will happen;

  1. The heating element will stop working
  2. Or an incorrect message is sent to the PCB

In either case, the F07 error code will be displayed. The PCB is an expensive part which can easily be damaged which is why we recommend getting a technician to investigate this for you.

SEE ALSO: Hotpoint Washing Machine F05 Error Code (what causes it & what to do)

SEE ALSO: Washing Machine Lights Flashing? (here’s what you need to know)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Indesit washing machine displaying F07?

If your Indesit washing machine is displaying F07 it indicates a fault has been detected with the heating element circuit.

What causes the F07 error code on a Hotpoint washing machine?

The F07 error code on a Hotpoint washing machine can be caused by any of the following; a defective heating element, faulty sensor, faulty pressure switch, a wiring fault or a faulty PCB.

What does it mean when the LED light is flashing 7 times on my Hotpoint washing machine?

If the LED lights are flashing 7 times on your Hotpoint washing machine it indicates that there has been a fault detected within the heating element circuit.

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