Tip & How-To about Miele WT945 Front Load Washer / Dryer
STAGE 1: TEMPORARY FIX TO UNSEIZE THE FAN (5 minutes)
The immediate ‘fix’ is to reset the thermal cutout (the button in the centre of the round sensor fitted on the right hand side of the long rectangular heater box atop the drum). This restores heater power, which the cutout will have tripped out due to the absence of airflow through the heater overheating it. Then, spin the fan motor (at the top rear right hand corner) back and forth by hand to free it (it will be stiff and graunchy at first but quickly frees up. Needless to say, please remember to disconnect power before attempting this tasks otherwise you are in danger of losing fingers. Once you’ve done these two tasks, put the power back on, KEEP AWAY FROM THE MOTOR and try a drying cycle. You should see the motor spin happily and the drying commence. Also beware of the heater box which will quickly get too hot to touch (don’t worry, this is normal). While this fix is easy and effective, and may well keep you in business for months at a time, unfortunately it’s not tackling the root cause, which is a steady fluff/goo buildup in the fan box itself, which impedes both airflow and the rotation of the fan. Oiling the shaft of the fan probably won’t help – the problem lies deeper in the fan box itself.
(Note that the seizure problem is nothing to do with the fan motor itself – this is perfectly OK and will spin freely if you dismount it from the unit. It’s the dryer fan that the motor is driving (through the belt) that is stiff, not the motor. So don’t waste time fiddling with your motor (unless it’s obviously bust, but this is unlikely) despite it being temptingly accessible.)
Read my next tip 'Stage 2 fix' if you are still having problems.
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