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Date code information

Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau


To determine the age of your Bosch appliance first locate the FD number and then add 2 to the first digit, the last two digits represent the month and the first two digits are the year providing there are still only four digits in the number but if it's now a five digit number the first digit is disregarded as in the example;

FD 6409 when you add 2 to the first digit this equates to FD8409 which means 84 is the year and 09 is the ninth month so the date the appliance was made would have been September 1984 because they didn't make machines in 1884 and we have not yet reached 2084.

The next example is just the same but with the extra digit which has to be disregarded

FD 8304 when you add 2 to the first digit this equates to FD10304 but as it is now a five digit number you don't count the first digit which means April 2003


 


Beko

The serial number is on the rating plate (see below) and is 10 digits long. The first 2 digits of the serial number give the year of production and the last 2 digits give the month of production.


Whirlpool

It has been announced that whirlpool have agreed to purchase 60 per cent of Indesit who also own Hotpoint Ariston and Creda so the date code recognition system for these brands may alter and become the same as all other whirlpool appliances.

Referring to the list bellow you can determine the manufacture date of your Whirlpool
appliance via the serial number. Whirlpool also applies to


Kirkland,
Inglis,
Kitchenaid,
Ikea,
Gladiator,
Estate,
Frigidaire,
Kenmore,
Roper
Maytag
(Only some later models of this make use the Whirlpool system of coding)

By checking the list you will see the second digit in the serial number whether it be a number or a letter refers to one of three dates and by the process of elimination you can work out which year your appliance was manufactured.
The next two numbers relate to the week in the year (there are 52 weeks in a year)


Example:

E42604123 (July 2014) this breaks down as week 26 This is the first week in July and 4 is either 1984 - 2014 or 2044. So unless you have a really old appliance you can rule out 1984 and as we are not yet into 2044 the code must relate to 2014 so the date of manufacture would be July 2014

 

0 - 1980/2010/2040

1 - 1981/2011/2041

2 -1982/2012/2042

3 - 1983/2013/2043

4 - 1984/2014/2044

5 - 1985/2015/2045

6 - 1986/2016/2046

7 - 1987/2017/2047

8 - 1988/2018/2048

9 - 1989/2019/2049

X - 1990/2020/2050

A - 1991/2021/2051

B - 1992/2022/2052

C - 1993/2023/2053

D - 1994/2024/2054

E - 1995/2025/2055

F - 1996/2026/2056

G - 1997/2027/2057

H - 1998/2028/2058

J - 1999/2029/2059

K - 2000/2030/2060

L - 2001/2031/2061

M - 2002/2032/2062

P - 2003/2033/2063

R - 2004/2034/2064

S - 2005/2035/2065

T - 2006/2036/2066

U - 2007/2037/2067

W - 2008/2038/2068

Y - 2009/2039/2069

 

This rating plate is another of the methods used by Whirlpool to date there machines


HOTPOINT, CREDA, ARISTON & INDESIT DATE CODES

To determine the age of a Hotpoint or Creda appliance up until 2002 the first two digits of the serial number represent the date code, but you would need a date code graph as shown bellow to determine which month or year it was made in.
This system was reasonably adequate up to a point but only covered an eight year time span so you had to know roughly how old the appliance was before you could use it because any one date code would represent the same month but eight years apart so 01897836 could be Jan 1994 or Jan 2002.
The example date code in the photo 91103209 is for July 2001

In 2001 Indesit bought out Hotpoint and Creda so by 2002 the date code system altered to the Indesit method, although there may have been some models still made with the old date code the majority are of the new type which is easier to understand and spans a 10 year period.

Indesit date codes are taken from the first five digits of the serial number which is broken down as follows
The first digit represents the year
The second and third digits represent the month
And the fourth and fifth digit represent the day of the month

Like all other date code systems you would first need to know which decade the appliance was made in although with most appliances just by looking at it you should be able to tell if looks over 10 years old or not.

So in this example S/N 60901....2956
The 6 is for the year 2006,( This dishwasher was not made in 1996 and production stopped before 2016 so the date code represents 2006 ).
The 09 is for the 9th month, which is September
The 01 is for the first day in that month

So the serial number S/N 60901 means the appliance was made on 01/09/2006

 

The other four numbers are the production number of that particular appliance and not relevant to when it was made


HOOVER DATE CODES

 

Like most manufacturers Hoover incorporated there date code in the serial number.
The example above shows a serial number of 323611018157

The model number is at the start and the following three digits are the date code.
These date codes run in a ten year cycle so it is assumed you know the decade the appliance was made in
The first of the three numbers is the last digit of the year and the following two numbers are the month. So the code above reads 1 which could be 1981-1991-2001 or 2011 you should be able to tell which decade just by looking at the appliance, the next two numbers 10 represents the month October so in this case the appliance was made in October 1981


Electrolux Date Codes
The Electrolux range also includes the following brands


AEG, Monogram, Zanussi, Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator, Philco, Tappan, White-Westinghouse, White Consolidated Industries (WCI)


1st Numeric Character = Last Digit of Year Manufactured, (These codes go in a ten year cycle and it is assumed you know the decade the machine was produced in.)
2nd and 3rd Numeric Characters = Week of Year Manufactured (52 weeks in a year)

Example: LA70303430 was manufactured in the 3rd week (January) of 2007.


While we were searching for relevant date code information we came across this article from an American web site and although some of the date code information may vary from the UK models we still felt it could be of use to some of our patrons
NB.
Please note that you will need to know the decade the appliance was made in because nearly all date code systems work on some form of rotation, many use a ten year scale whereby the same numbers or letters refer to different years spread ten years apart such as 1990-2000-2010 and so on
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Appliance manufacturers often use a date code as part the of the units serial number to signify when it was manufactured. We technicians use these date codes daily to assist in determining whether an appliance is still covered by a factory warranty in the absence of a purchase receipt. These codes and how to read them change from company to company, but I have put this list together covering how to break down the codes, and some examples of how to read them. This list will work for most newer appliances as long as you are reading from the correct format. Often appliances are made by one manufacturer for another so the format may not always look the same from appliance to appliance. I will update this list as I find changes, omissions, and corrections. If you need to know when an appliance was made, this list should help.

Amana
1st and 2nd Numeric Character = Year Manufactured
3rd and 4th Numeric Character = Week Manufactured (52 weeks in a year)

Example – 9605123456 was manufactured in the 5th Week (February) of 1996

*New products use Maytag or Whirlpool serial number format
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Eurotech Asko
1st - 4th Numeric Characters = Year Manufactured
5th and 6th Numeric Character = Week of Year Manufactured(52 weeks in a year)

Example – 20042800001 was manufactured in the 28th week (July) of 2004

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Blomberg
1st and 2nd Numeric Character = Year Manufactured
9th and 10th Numeric Character = Month Manufactured

Example – 0750024208 was manufactured August 2007


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Dacor
1st and 2nd Numeric Character = Year Manufactured
3rd and 4th Numeric Character = Month Manufactured

Example – DA06131246 was manufactured in the 13th week (March) of 2006
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DCS
Fisher&Paykel

1st Alpha Character = Year Manufactured
2nd Alpha Character = Month Manufactured

Example – RUM771495 was manufactured in November 2006.

Fisher & Paykel Year Codes
C=1 U=2 M=3 B=4 E=5 R=6 L=7 A=8 N=9 D=0
Fisher & Paykel Month Codes
F=1 I=2 S=3 H=4 E=5 R=6 P=7 A=8 Y=9 K=10 U=11 L=12
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Monogram
Hotpoint ( GE version)
General Electric

1st Alpha Character = Month Manufactured
2nd Alpha Character = Year Manufactured

Example - SF070596 was manufactured in September 2003.

GE Month Codes
A=Jan D=Feb F=Mar G=Apr H=May L=Jun M=Jul R=Aug S=Sep T=Oct V=Nov Z=Dec
GE Year Codes
F=1991/2003 G=1992/2004 H=1993/2005 L=1994/2006 M=1995/2007 R=1996/2008
S=1997/2009 T=1998/2010 V=1999/2011 Z=2000/2012 A=2001/2013 D=2002/2014

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LG
1st Numeric Character = Last Digit of Year Manufactured
2nd and 3rd Numeric Characters = Month Manufactured

Example – 705KWSB01654 was manufactured May of 2007.

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MagicChef
Jenn-Air
Maytag

1st Alpha Character = Year Manufactured
2nd Alpha Character = Month Manufactured

Example - 10270591EP was manufactured in August 2004.

Maytag Year Codes
B=1990 D=1991 F=1992 H=1993 K=1994 M=1995 Q=1996 S=1997 U=1998 W=1999 Y=2000 Z=2001
A=2002 C=2003 E=2004 G=2005 J=2006 L=2007 N=2008 P=2009 R=2010 T=2011 V=2012 X=2013
Maytag Month Codes
A/B=Jan C/D=Feb E/F=Mar G/H=Apr J/K=May L/M=Jun
N/Q=Jul P/S=Aug R/U=Sep T/W=Oct V/Y=Nov X/Z=Dec
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Sharp
Production month and year will be printed on the serial tag.

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U-line

1st and 2nd Numeric Characters = Year Manufactured
7th and 8th Numeric Characters = Month Manufactured

Example – 079469-01-1234 was manufactured January of 2007.
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Viking
1st and 2nd Numeric Characters = Month Manufactured
3rd and 4th Numeric Characters = Day Manufactured
5th and 6th Numeric Characters = Year Manufactured

Example – 021508R00001234 was manufactured February 15th 2008.

*Some Viking refrigerators are manufactured by Amana and will reflect Amana date codes

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WC Wood
1st Alpha Character = Month Manufactured
2nd Alpho Character = Year Manufactured

Example – 40205667Fp was manufactured in June of 2007.

WC Wood Month Codes
A=Jan B=Feb C=Mar D=Apr E=May F=June G=Jul H=Aug I=Sep J=Oct K=Nov L=Dec

WC Wood Year Codes
A=1992 B=1993 C=1994 D=1995 E=1996 F=1997 G=1998 H=1999 I=2000 J=2001 K=2002
L=2003 M=2004 N=2005 O=2006 P=2007 Q=2008 R=2009 S=2010 T=2011 U=2012 V=2013
W=2014 X=2015 Y=2016 Z=2017
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Gladiator Icon Ikea Inglis Kirkland Kitchenaid
Roper
Estate
Whirlpool

2nd or if there are three the 3rd Alpha Character = Year Manufactured (Prior to 1990 1st Numeric = Last Digit of Year Manufactured)
1st and 2nd Numeric Character = Week Manufactured(52 weeks in a year)

Example – CSR2817974 was manufactured in the 28th week (July) of 2004.


Whirlpool Year Codes (after 1989)
X=1990 A=1991 B=1992 C=1993 D=1994 E=1995 F=1996 G=1997 H=1998 J=1999
K=2000 L=2001 M=2002 P=2003 R=2004 S=2005 T=2006 U=2007 W=2008 Y=2009
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Merloni


The first four numbers are the year the appliance was made
The next two numbers are the week the appliance was made ( 52 weeks in a year)

All the other numbers are irrelevant to determining the age of an appliance only the first six numbers are required