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Miele Washer Leaking Water? Here’s Why.



It’s no surprise that front load washing machines are rapidly gaining popularity. They clean better and they’re more energy efficient. However, it’s widely accepted they’re more at risk for leaks than their top-loader counterparts. Why is my Miele washer leaking water? From a kinked drain hose to a loading error, we’ll explore potential causes as well as easy-to-follow solutions to prevent further and future leakage.

How to Solve a Miele Washer Leaking Water

When it comes to washer brands, Miele goes right to the top, but that doesn’t excuse it from the rare defect. Though there could be a faulty part in the works, the cause could very well be a user error. Bypass future hassle by troubleshooting Miele washing machine problems with these DIY tips.

Miele Washer Is Not Level

Your Miele washer leaking could stem from your entire unit not being level, resulting in an off-balance washer drum. Verify all your washer’s legs rest evenly on a sturdy floor. If the legs aren’t standing equally, consult your user manual to determine how to level the legs. Rest a level on top of the washer and adjust the legs as needed until your machine’s legs are sitting on the ground evenly.

Kinked Washer Drain Hose

Problems with the drain hose can also cause your Miele washing machine leaking from detergent drawer, from the back, or from other areas of your unit. First, confirm the hose isn’t compromised, inspecting it for holes or leaks and straightening it out if necessary. Next, verify no obstructions are impeding adequate water flow. Depending on the extent of the clog, you may be able to extract the blockage yourself.

Grab a drain snake, a bucket, and a towel, then follow these steps to check for clogs:

  1. Position the bucket below the drain hose next to the drain pipe.
  2. Remove the hose from the drain pipe.
  3. Rest the end of the hose in the bucket.
  4. Run the drain snake into the drain until it feels resistance, rotating the snake’s knob to advance it further into the clog.
  5. Pull the snake and the obstruction(s) out slowly.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the snake no longer meets resistance.

Water Connection Is Leaking

If you discover leakage escaping from the bottom of the machine, the main hose connection could be the culprit. Check the water inlet hose connections to the washer and your home’s water valves for leaks. Tighten any precarious connections or replace damaged valves if necessary. To avoid future seepage, make sure the hose is 60-90 cm. high when draped over a sink basin or connecting to a sink drain or standpipe.

front load washer leaking

Image from Miele Great Britian

Washer Drain Filter Needs Cleaning

Sometimes a Miele washing machine drain fault could be associated with a poorly maintained drain filter. Fortunately, cleaning the filter is a fairly easy process. Taking proper measures to prolong your filter’s life is a habit you should rub shoulders with as it can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. It’s recommended that you should clean the filter every 3-4 months to prevent your front load washer leaking.

How to Clean Your Miele Washing Machine Drain Pump Filter:

  1. Turn off and unplug your washing machine.
  2. Locate the filter on the front of your unit at the bottom left and remove the cover.
  3. Pull out the filter.
  4. Use a paper towel to remove lint and debris from the filter. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to remove the tougher mess.
  5. Remove the screen from the filter and soak it in hot water for 10 minutes.
  6. Inspect the inside of the machine for residual lint.
  7. Replace the filter and outer cover.
  8. Run your empty washer to test for leaks.

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Image from Miele Australia

Washer Door Gasket Is Damaged

Leaks that flow from the front door are the result of interference with the gasket, the seal around the door. If in solid condition, the seal’s purpose is to prevent leaks during a wash cycle. Check for clothing, buttons, change, hair, etc. that may be caught in the boot seal. If no obstructions are spotted, confirm that the seal isn’t compromised. If it’s torn or severely worn out, it more than likely needs to be replaced.

If you’re still wrestling with your Miele washer leaking, contact RD Appliance Service – the most reliable Miele washer repair in Long Island for over 50 years!

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