Solve appliance problems with fault codes
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Electric devices often flash a fault code to signal a problem.
Do you have an appliance flashing
some weird cryptic message on its digital
display? Is your oven saying F3, or
your dishwasher announcing that C5?
These short repeating messages are
actually fault codes—your appliance
telling you what's wrong with it—and
they're found on many newer appliances.
For instance, F3 on a Maytag
oven display means the oven temperature
sensor needs to be replaced. A GE
dishwasher that says C5 has low water
pressure and probably needs a new
water inlet valve.
When you see a code number flashing,
look it up in the owner's manual or
at the manufacturer's Web site, or check
the online appliance repair sites below.
Armed with a diagnosis and a make and
model number, you can purchase the
right part from a supplier and make the
fix yourself. Or at least save some time
on the service call by letting the repair
service know what they'll need to bring
along to make the fix.
Appliance repair site: repairclinic.com/0078.asp