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Miele Dishwasher Spray Arm Problems (How To Fix)

Dishwashers are the common kitchen appliances that genuinely help you live your best life. The dishwasher saves you tons of time and helps to keep you healthy by washing dishes at a higher temperature than hand washing can and removing more of the common illness-causing food bacteria from your dishes. Cleaner dishes mean healthier humans.

The dishwasher is designed to spray water under pressure to all areas of the washing compartment to remove the food particles and grease from your plates, cups, cutlery, and pots. If there is a problem with any spray arms, you may end up with dishes that are not properly cleaned.

As a general rule, Miele dishwasher spray arm problems can be caused by dirt build-up, blockage of the spray arm with debris, or a malfunctioning circulation pump. To fix it, you must first diagnose the problem.

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Most of the time, we expect the malfunction to be caused by a blockage or breakdown of mechanical parts. It can just as easily be caused by incorrect loading of the dishwasher and inadvertently allowing dishes to block the free movement of the spray arms.

Miele Dishwasher Spray Arm Keeps Falling Off

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When the spray arm comes loose during a wash cycle, it may be quite annoying. Examine the part for any cracks or broken pieces. If the arm is intact, it may be that it was not reattached properly after removal for cleaning or other purposes.

If your Miele dishwasher spray arm keeps falling off, it may be that the arm is not fastened properly to the top of the machine. Try reattaching it by pushing it into the thread and then turning it. If you only turn the arm, it will not engage properly and may fall off during the wash cycle.

A spray arm must be able to spin freely in a circular motion, but at the same time, it is attached by a threaded screw to the roof of the washing machine. So, when it sits in its holder, it can spin in both directions. When you want to remove or replace it, you need to push (apply some force) upwards and turn the arm anticlockwise to engage the screw in the thread you will be able to attach it. If you just place the arm near the socket and turn it, it will not engage properly and may come loose again during the wash cycle.

Miele Dishwasher Spray Arm Light Flashing

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Some of the newer models of Miele dishwashers have a built-in diagnostic system. It can tell you if there is a fault or a problem in the various parts of the machine by displaying an error code.

If you find your machine displaying Middle Spray Arm blocked or Lower Spray Arm blocked, the machine detects a blockage. This error usually means that the arm is blocked by incorrectly stacked dishes and is easy enough to fix.

When your Miele dishwasher spray arm light is flashing, your machine tells you there is a specific problem or fault with one of the spray arms. It may be that incorrectly placed dishes block it. You may need to repack your load to solve this problem.

Note of caution, if there is an error code displaying on your dishwasher, avoid unplugging the machine to clear the code. You may succeed in erasing the code, but the fault will remain and may cause further damage to your machine.

Miele Dishwasher Spray Arm Blocked

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The Miele dishwasher arms have small holes along the length to deliver jets of water and detergent to remove the remains of food and clean your dishes. The jet outlets are small, and if you don’t remove leftover food from the plates and pots before placing them in the dishwasher, small food particles are prone to block the spray arm jets.

When your Miele dishwasher spray arm is blocked, it will not spin. If the arm is not spinning, the water and detergent will not be delivered effectively, and the dishes will not be cleaned properly.

To fix a blocked spray arm, you will have to remove it from the dishwasher and remove any debris blocking the holes. You can use a toothpick to dislodge the blockage and rinse the arm under a running tap to remove all food particles stuck inside the arm.

Miele Dishwasher Top Spray Arm Not Spinning

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For your dishwasher to wash dishes effectively, the arms need to spin to deliver sufficient water and detergent to remove all food particles from the dishes. During normal use, grime and oils from food can build up inside the machine and prevent the spray arms from spinning effectively.

There are four main causes of your Miele dishwasher top spray arm not spinning. The arm could be damaged. The spray holes could be blocked or fault with the circulation pump or debris in the pump and filter.

Another reason your top spray arm may be affected more than the other two is because it depends more heavily on good water pressure. For the spray arms to spin and circulate the water, there needs to be sufficient inlet flow pressure of at least 30 kPa. If the water pressure is too low, the arm at the top will receive less water, and it may be insufficient to create the spinning action. The low water pressure may be due to low inlet water pressure or a blockage of the water filter. It may also be something simple like a kinked inlet hose or closed inlet stop cock.

Miele Dishwasher Middle Spray Arm Not Spinning

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When loading the dishwasher, it is important to note that nothing is sticking through the openings in the loading baskets. If you find that your middle spray arm is not spinning, it may be because incorrectly placed dishes obstruct it. Also, when loading the bottom basket, ensure that even the tallest items do not reach as high as the middle arm. If they do, the items may be too large to be washed inside the dishwasher.

The Miele dishwasher’s middle spray arm not spinning can be caused by being obstructed by dishes. If anything sticks through the top basket or any dishes that are too tall are placed in the bottom basket, they may physically obstruct the spinning action of the middle arm.

Before you close the dishwasher door, ensure sufficient space for the middle arm to move freely to avoid obstructing your dishes from getting spotlessly clean.

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Miele Dishwasher Bottom Spray Arm Not Spinning

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Since the bottom arm is positioned near the pump and filter of the machine, it may be affected by extra water accumulating due to ineffective draining by the clogged filter. It may turn slower than normal, delivering insufficient soapy water to the dishes and leaving food matter on the dishes.

Your Miele dishwasher bottom spray arm not spinning may be due to the reasons listed above, and additionally, it may be affected by a blocked pump and filter. If the water pump and filter are clogged, they won’t be able to generate sufficient pressure for the bottom arm to spin.

Make sure you remove debris from the filter and regularly clean the pump. At least every 6 months to ensure sparkling dishes.  

How To Clean Miele Dishwasher Spray Arm

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Keeping the dishwasher arms clean is important to prevent clogging of the water jet openings from becoming blocked with food particles.

To clean your Miele dishwasher spray arm, you will need to remove it from the dishwasher and clean it by hand with mild detergent and running water to remove any fatty deposits and food particles from the water jet holes and the arm itself.

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The arms are relatively easy to remove, so you don’t have to attempt to clean them while they are still inside the dishwasher. Use mild detergent and possibly a toothbrush or a toothpick to dislodge any build-up of grime from the jets. Rinse the arm well under running water to ensure all debris is removed and the arm is clean.

Miele dishwashers are great appliances and are relatively easy to maintain. Even if you experience a spin arm malfunction from time to time, it is easy to troubleshoot the problem and carry out the repairs yourself.

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