Washing machine displays warning code EF0

Last updated 01/02/2022 07:03


  • Washing machine displays warning code EF0, EFO, EF3 or emits 15 beeps / 15 flashes
  • Water leak detected (EF3) , automatic safety mode activated

Applies to

  • Washing machines
  • Washer-dryers


These warning messages on the display can have several causes.

If you identify one of the below points as the cause of the warning, the message disappears automatically at the end of the program or when the next program is restarted

1. Using too much detergent may cause excessive foaming

When a lot of soap powder is used or a lot of foam is produced, the level system can get blocked by foam. You can fix this by switching off the machine and shaking the drum forwards and backwards several times. Clean the drain pump/filter and then run a hot wash without any soap powder. 

2. Clean the dispenser drawer

If the dispenser drawer or the sprinkler plate over the drawer is very dirty or covered in limescale, the water may flow out and cause the problem.

Clean the dispenser drawer in accordance with the user manual and try the appliance again.

Click here to see how to remove the dispenser draw and clean it.

3. Check for laundry caught in the machine.

Clothing caught between the door seal and the glass can cause the door to leak and allow water to run down the front and down into the bottom tray. 

  • Disconnect the appliance from the water and power supplies and then place a towel behind the washing machine on the floor.
  • Tilt the appliance backwards a little, so that there is around 10–15 cm between the floor and the kickboard on the front.
  • Hold the appliance in position for about 30–40 seconds to allow the water in the bottom tray to flow out onto the towel.
  • Lower the appliance to the floor and reconnect it.
  • Check the water supply and drainage.
  • Check if the filters in the inlet hose and water valve are clean (where the inlet hose is screwed onto the appliance and at the water tap).
  • Start a wash cycle and see whether the problem has been resolved.

If the error occurs again, the machine should be inspected by a service technician 

4. Check for leaks at the bottom – fluff filter.

  • Remove the filter and clean it according to the user manual. 
  • Check whether the filter is damaged. If the filter is intact, refit it and tighten it firmly by hand.

Click here to drain the appliance if required and how to remove the filter.

5. Check the water supply hose for a possible leak (EF3 - Aqua-Control system warning)

Any leak in the hose can cause the water to flow out into the machine next to the back panel, so check the connection of the water supply hose to the tap and machine. 

If this is the cause, the machine should be tipped as shown under “Check for laundry caught in the machine” so that the machine can start again.

6. Check the door seal.

The error may be caused by the machine’s door seal leaking. Verify it by opening the door and examining the door seal.

The seal should not be damaged, cracked or have holes. If the door seal is faulty, it must be replaced by a service engineer. Do not use the machine until it has been repaired.

Turn off the water supply to the machine.

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