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Miele Dishwasher Door Problems

Miele dishwasher door problems are remarkably rare given the number of times they are opened and closed each day.

It is unusual for a door spring to fail on a Miele dishwasher. It is more likely that a cable will snap or the tension mechanism will wear. If the door won’t stay closed, you can adjust the tension via a screw or you may need to replace a broken cable. Leaks can be fixed by replacing the door seal.

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Misaligned doors or door seals that are worn can also cause problems.

Door locks wear over time and can get jammed. You can use a small screwdriver to open the door. This allows you to replace the door latch.

Miele Dishwasher Door Jammed/Not Opening

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When your Miele dishwasher door is jammed or not opening, it is probably the door lock that is broken.

To open a jammed Miele dishwasher door, push a small flat head screwdriver into the door handle opening. To spring the latch open, apply inward pressure on the screwdriver while pulling back on the handle. Once the door is open, you access the door mechanism and replace the latch.

To access the door latch, you must unscrew the inner door panel so that the two halves of the door separate. You can then disconnect the wires, remove the old, broken latch and fit the new latch.

Once the new latch is fitted, reconnect the wires and screw the panels back on.

You may find that the latch is a little stiff at first. This can account for the door not opening. Apply greater pressure to the handle while pulling on the door. Try this before replacing the lock.

You may have to remove the top trim piece to access the lock mechanism. A single screw holds the lock in place. Removing the screws that hold the control panel in place, allows you to easily remove the lock.

The door lock is connected to the power supply via spade connectors, which must be disconnected before you can remove the lock.

Miele Dishwasher Door Not Locking

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Miele dishwasher door locks will wear out over time. It happens gradually as the door becomes more and more difficult to lock.

When a Miele dishwasher door is not locking, you must replace the lock mechanism. Unscrew the door panel on the inside of the door. Once the inner panel is loose, you can remove the door lock and unplug the wires. The lock comes loose very easily. Fit the new lock and screw the door back together.

Miele Dishwasher Door Not Closing

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It is quite common for a dishwasher door to refuse to close. Before trying anything else, remove your crockery and cutlery and repack the drawers. It is easy to overload the drawers, which will prevent the door from closing properly.

A Miele dishwasher door won’t close if the door is incorrectly installed or misaligned. The racks may not be fully pushed into the machine or the door latch could be faulty. Check that you have correctly packed the crockery as overloading can stop the door from fully closing.

You may have to unpack the dishwasher completely and check that the racks and their support rails are correctly set. Check your manual to see that the racks are correctly aligned.

Electronic catches have a sensor that detects if the door is closed properly. If it senses that the door is partially open, it will switch the cycle off and prevent it from working until such time as you fix the problem.

Miele Dishwasher Door Won’t Stay Closed

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After a few years, the cables in your Miele dishwasher door will wear out.

The springs rarely fail, as they are robust and are designed to last for the life of your dishwasher.

If your dishwasher door won’t stay closed, the tension needs adjustment or the cables need replacement. A screw at the front, top left corner is used to tighten up the tension. To replace the tensioner unit or broken cables, you must remove the dishwasher from its cabinet to remove the side panels.

The cables that run from the tensioner unit over a cam and down to the springs, can break due to friction.

Depending on which cable has broken, you may have to replace one or more cables and sometimes the tensioner unit.

The plastic cams degrade over time and can break. This causes the cable to make contact with sharp metal edges, wearing the cable so that it eventually snaps.

Miele Dishwasher Door Won’t Stay Opened

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It can get very frustrating if the dishwasher door doesn’t stay open. However, it’s an easy problem to rectify.

When the dishwasher door refuses to stay down, the culprit is usually the friction sleeve. The friction sleeve is a rubber insert that can wear out and split. To replace them, remove the door spring at the bottom on each side and slide the sleeve onto the linkage. Once it’s on, replace the spring.

It is easier to do if you remove the dishwasher from its cabinet, but it can be done with the dishwasher in place. It’s just a bit more awkward.

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You’ll have to remove the kick plate to access the lower portion of the door. If you have the dishwasher outside of the cabinet, then you can remove the side panels, which makes access easier.

Miele Dishwasher Door Seal Leaking

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One of the first indications that you have a door leak is when you see a puddle of water on the floor in front of your dishwasher.

If your Miele dishwasher door seal is leaking, then replacement is quick and easy. First, remove the old seal by pulling out of its channel from the bottom on one side. Clean the channel out so that there’s no soap or sediment left behind. Line up the new seal and press it into the channel.

If you see water dripping down the front of your dishwasher, it does not necessarily mean that the door seal is damaged.

A blocked drain can cause water to pool in the bottom of your dishwasher. Check that your filter basket is clean and that the drains are not clogged. The soapy water may not be able to flow out of the machine quickly enough before it overflows.

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Take note of the way the old seal fitted into the channel and fit the new seal in the same way. Start at the top and work your way down each side. There are no screws or glue needed as the seal is held in by friction alone.

Miele dishwasher door problems are simple to fix. The lock mechanism fits easily into the door and minimal adjustment is needed. The tension mechanism allows you to adjust the pressure on the door spring so the door opens and closes easily. Door leaks are fixed by replacing the seal.

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