How To Reset A Miele Washing Machine

If you own a Miele washing machine and it’s displaying an error code, the appliance will not work until the error code is cleared. Even if the problem has been dealt with, there’s a good chance that the error code will still be displayed.

Some washing machines have a reset button which allows you to clear any error codes and get your appliance running normally again. However, Miele washers don’t have a reset button, this is probably because they assume the error code is only shown when there’s an actual problem with the appliance.

To find out how to reset a Miele washing machine, keep reading.

Do Miele Washing Machines Have A Reset Button?

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Although some washing machine brands have a specified reset button, that’s not the case with Miele washers. In many cases, you will need to use a combination of buttons to reset a Miele washing machine.

However, each model has its own specific button combination to facilitate a reset. You’ll need to consult your user manual for the specific button combination for your particular Miele washing machine model.

Performing A Hard Reset

With that said, you can perform what’s known as a hard reset on any Miele washing machine. All you need to do is;

  1. Turn The Power Off
    Press the power or on/off button on your Miele washing machine (you may need to consult your user manual for model specific instructions).
  2. Disconnect The Mains Power Supply
    Once the power has been turned off on your machine, unplug the washing machine’s plug from the wall socket or flip the circuit breaker to the off position.
  3. Wait For 10 to 15 Minutes
    Allow at least 10 minutes (longer is better) to pass to allow any residual power to discharge. This will clear the machine’s memory and allow it to reset its internal electronic systems.
  4. Reconnect The Mains Power Supply
    After the allotted time has passed, reconnect the power supply by putting the plug back into the wall socket or flipping the circuit breaker to the on position.
  5. Turn The Power On
    Press the power or on button on the washer to turn the appliance back on. If everything is working fine, the appliance should now be reset.
  6. Reset The Wash Settings
    Any settings previously stored in the machine before the washer was reset will have been cleared and you’ll need to select the cycle you wish to use.

If your Miele washing machine still has an error code displayed or it doesn’t work properly after the reset, it probably has a more serious problem which needs the attention of an engineer. I recommend contacting Miele customer service or a qualified washing machine engineer for further assistance.

How To Reset Miele Washing Machine Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

If you need to reset the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on your Miele washing machine, simply follow the steps above for a hard reset. This will clear any errors or glitches.

However, be warned, this will also remove any error codes before you have a chance to see what they refer to. This could lead to more serious problems later on. 

You should always deal with any faults or errors as soon as they appear to prevent them from becoming major problems at a later date.

Why Would You Need To Reset Your Miele Washing Machine?

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Miele washers are renowned for their superior craftsmanship and longevity. However, like all appliances they can develop some problems. Below I have listed the most common reasons why you might need to reset a Miele washing machine. These include;

The Washer Has A Water Leak

In some cases, a water leak is obvious. However, the first you might know of a water leak is when your Miele washing machine displays an error code (F138 is typically the error code for moisture in an area it shouldn’t be).

This same code could also be displayed if the moisture sensor has developed a fault. You will need to get the washer inspected and any loose hoses or clamps tightened or replaced and the sensor checked and replaced if necessary.

Once any repairs have been carried out, you will need to reset the washer to remove the error code.

The Washer Isn’t Draining

If the drum is full of water and fails to drain, you might consider resetting the appliance. However, if the drum is full of water and won’t drain, it typically means there’s a drainage issue.

This is usually accompanied by one of the following error codes;

  • F11
  • F140

Blocked Filter

Washing Machine Filter

The most common cause of a blockage is the filter which is located at the front bottom of the appliance. You will need to place a container in front of the filter housing to catch any water that gushes out.

Once the container is in place, carefully turn the filter anti-clockwise just enough to allow water to exit the machine. When the container is full, tighten the filter back into position, empty the container and repeat until all of the water has been drained from the machine.

Then you can remove the filter and clean it under a fast running tap. Be sure to remove all dirt debris and other foreign bodies like;

  • Stones
  • Buttons
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Keys
  • Hair Clips
  • Rubber Bands

Or anything else that might have been left in the pockets of any item put in the wash.

Twisted, Kinked Or Blocked Drain Hose

washing machine drain hose

The drain hose can become twisted or kinked which is enough to slow or even prevent the flow of wastewater from the appliance. You will need to check the drain hose and straighten any twists or kinks.

If the drain hose isn’t twisted or kinked, it could still be clogged. To check this you’ll need to disconnect one end (after having drained the washer first) and run a plumber’s snake through the hose to remove any blockage.

Once the drainage issue has been dealt with, you will need to reset the washer to remove any error code still displayed.

The Washer Isn’t Getting Enough Water

If your Miele washing machine isn’t getting sufficient water to start the wash cycle, it will display an error code (typically F10) and abort the cycle.

You will need to check that the inlet tap is fully opened, the inlet hose isn’t twisted or kinked, the inlet valve is working properly (using a multimeter and checking for continuity) and also check that your home has sufficient water pressure.

A washing machine needs at least 20 psi and you can easily check this by filling a 1 gallon (4.5 litre) bucket with cold water from the kitchen sink. If it takes 30 seconds or less to fill, your home’s water pressure is fine.

However, if it takes longer than 30 seconds to fill the bucket, your home is suffering from low water pressure. You will need to contact your local water authority to remedy this.

Once the problem has been identified and fixed, you will probably need to reset the washer to remove any error codes.

Defective Door Lock

In some cases, the door lock or the door sensor doesn’t work properly and either the machine won’t operate because the door isn’t closed properly or the sensor is defective. You will typically see F34 or F35 displayed in the display screen if the washer has door issues.

Once you have repaired or replaced any damaged or defective parts, you will almost certainly need to reset the washer to clear any error codes.

Buttons Stuck

If you have owned your Miele washer for some time, or you have young children who like to mess with the buttons on your machine with dirty hands, the buttons could become stuck. This can often be solved simply by wiping the buttons using a soft cloth dipped in a solution of washing up liquid and warm water.

Once you have identified the stuck button, try gently prising it using a cocktail stick or similar. Once cleared, you may need to perform a reset to remove any error code (typically F34/F35).

Unbalanced Load

Two people putting clothes in a laundry basket from the washer

If your washer has started to vibrate excessively or started moving across the floor, it’s indicative of an unbalanced load. This is typically caused by putting bulky items that have bunched up into a ball in the drum on one side.

You will need to stop the machine and rearrange the laundry items. Once you’ve rearranged the items, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to reset the washer to get it working again.

Excessive Detergent Detected

If you have used too much detergent or the wrong type of detergent, your washer might display the F16 error code. You will need to run an extra rinse cycle as soon as the appliance allows you to.

Once the excess detergent has been washed away, you may need to reset the appliance to clear the error code.

What To Do To Help Prevent Any Problems With Your Miele Washer

There are a few things you should do to ensure that your washdays are trouble free, these include;

  • Never underload or overload your washing machine’s drum, it is recommended that you only ever use the washer with no less than ½ or no more than ¾ of its maximum weight capacity
  • Only ever use the correct type and quantity of detergent
  • Leave the washer door and detergent dispenser drawer open after each use to allow the interior to dry out and prevent mould and bacteria from forming
  • Remove and clean the filter every two months, every month if you use your washer daily
  • Run a hot service wash once a month to remove any germs, bacteria and mould or mildew spores
  • Inspect the hoses regularly to ensure they are not twisted, kinked of damaged
  • Check that the machine is level using a spirit level and adjust the feet accordingly every month to prevent unnecessary movement or vibrations

SEE ALSO: What Is PowerWash On Miele Washing Machines?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reset my Miele washing machine?

Yes, you can reset your Miele washing machine. All you need to do is turn the machine off, then disconnect the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes to allow any residual power to discharge. This clears the electronics and internal memory. Then reconnect the power and turn the appliance back on; it should now be reset.

Where is the reset button on a Miele washing machine?

Miele washing machines typically don’t have reset buttons. Some allow you to reset by pressing a combination of buttons (consult your user manual for more information). However, simply disconnecting the power supply after first turning the washer off and leaving the power disconnected for around 15 minutes will be enough to discharge any electricity inside the appliance, which effectively resets it once the power has been restored.

Why is my Miele washing machine not draining or spinning?

If your Miele washing machine won’t drain or spin it is probably because it has a drainage problem. You will need to drain the machine manually and then check the filter for any blockages, you should also check that the drain hose isn’t twisted, kinked or blocked. Once all of these checks have been carried out, if the washer will still not drain, it could be the drain pump that’s defective.

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