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Inlet/Drain light flashes on Miele model G 641 SC PLUS

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  • nqbrownie Nov 24, 2008

    I probably should have given more details but I was so frustrated at the time I made the initial post.
    This has been an on/off problem for about 6 months. I have previously checked the drains and the pump. When I received the initial answer, I put the machine on again to wash. Everything went through perfectly. It leads me to think it is some electronic problem inside the machine.
    I have not tried it again but there is every chance it will get to the middle of the wash cycle, having gone through the rinse cycle and then stall with the Inlet/Drain light flashing and making e=regular attempts about every 90 seconds to resume washing.
    I am stumped.

  • nqbrownie Nov 28, 2008

    The solutions offered have not helped. Before the second idea was received, I used the machine again and it went right through the cycle - Universal Plus.

    I used it again. The machine drained what was inside in about 20 seconds, refilled in a minute and washed for 20 minutes. Then it stopped and did nothing further for 1 hr 20 minutes when the Inlet/Drain light began flashing.

    Sorry but I am no further advanced.

    nqbrownie


  • nqbrownie Dec 02, 2008

    I believe there is no blocking problem.

    Before getting a second answer from you (which has apparently been deleted), I had rub the machine again. Everything went through to a normal conclusion.

    Then, I tried it again. When first started, it emptied for about 20 seconds. Then it filled in a minute/ I then washed, including the emptyong of the detergent tray. The wash went for 20 minutes and stopped. Nothing happened for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Then, the Inlet/Drain light began flashing I lft it for 20 minutes during which nothing happened.

    I re-started the wash. It emptied and refilled and did the same things as just outlined.

    The water pump appears to work. The Inlet valve appears to work. There seems to be something wrong in the electronics of some switch within the machine.

    This has been an intermittent problem for over 6 months. I called in a serviceman about 4 months ago and, as so often happens, it worked when he was here. Then, he charged me $85 for telling me that!

    Any ideas on what to try would be appreciated.

    mqbrownie.

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Check that the stopcock is opened fully or whether the water inlet hose is kinked. Clean the fluff filter and drain pump as described in the operating instructions. If several indicator lights flash simultaneously and/or an alarm sounds, please contact our Service Department.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

The issue is an intermittent inlet/drain fault. Since the same indicator light represent a problem for either or both, then first order would be to determine which is really at fault and then why intermittently. Suggested procedures would be:

  • manually add water prior to powering on the machine to wash. This may have to be done several times and extend over some period;
  • if problem resurfaces at any time even with the added water, then it is not an inlet problem but a drainage problem;
  • if it is a drainage problem, then it would be the drain pump acting up. This is specially true if the dishwasher is not regularly used;
  • if problem does not repeat when water is regularly added, then it is the inlet system. Foremost to check/replace would be the inlet valve. In some instances, it could be inlet filters blocking the flow of water and in some incidents, it is just that the water pressure is not high enough to fill the dishwasher on a specified time.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Hi again,



    Any updates or developments so far?





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Intermittent faults are always difficult to find but here are a couple of things to check. The first is to look at the control board for a dry joint which can cause your problem. Secondly check the wiring loom where it leaves the door and goes under the machine. I have seen many breaks here as they are bent every time you open the door.The problem is that visually the wires may be good but can be broken inside.
Hope this helps & happy to assist further if needed.
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Hello just take minute to read the solution:
If the cycle doesn't complete, check these:
Many dishwashers heat the wash and/or rinse water to a higher temperature, as the cycle calls for it. In these cycles, the dishwasher pauses after it has filled with water, waiting for the water to reach the pre-set temperature. What happens next, depends, as follows:
On some units, the pause is timed and the unit continues after the allotted time. 


On others, the cycle can't continue until the water reaches the higher temperature. If you have this type of dishwasher and the water isn't being heated (say, because of a problem with the heating element or thermostat), after the unit stops at the heating cycle, it never continues. When you repair the heating-system problem, the "cycle problem" is fixed too.

if it leaks: see where its leaking:
Main tub seal
Note… If the main motor of your dishwasher is mounted vertically, beneath the center bottom of the dishwasher, the following instructions probably apply to you. But if your motor is mounted horizontally, the pump isn't serviceable--you need to replace the entire pump and motor assembly.

The main tub seal is beneath the drain impeller. It prevents the water in the dishwasher from leaking out near the shaft of the motor. To get to the seal, which is inside the dishwasher, remove the:

Lower rack


Spray arm


Spray arm support


Wash/drain impellers


Then pry the seal out of its housing and replace it.


Door gasket or seal
Over time, door gaskets and seals harden and lose their ability to seal properly. You can't repair the seals. You need to replace them if they've begun to leak. 


Water-inlet valve
The water-inlet valve, itself, seldom leaks. But, the water-supply line from the house and the rubber tube leading from the valve to the inside of the dishwasher may leak. Tighten or repair/replace these as necessary.

The water-inlet valve could mechanically stick open. When that happens, the water continues to flow into the dishwasher, which then floods your kitchen. Turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, and replace the valve.


Hoses
Behind the lower access panel on your dishwasher are several rubber or plastic hoses. If the leak appears at a connection, try a new clamp. If that doesn't work, replace the hose.


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Dear Sir/Madam,

Check the filter in the inlet pipe is clear and water pressure is OK or not. Also check...
Should take approx 22 seconds to drain.Anything more than a minute will cause a problem.
Should fill in approx 1 minute.Much more than this will cause problems.
Can you hear water whooshing around during the pre-wash....ie going through the spray arms ? If yes, then the circulation pump is working. If no, then u have a problem with the circulation pump....jammed.
Do u have a leak......water in base tray? This would operate the leak protection system, & bring the light on.
Are the spray arm jets blocked ? This would suggest the filter has not been secured fully, & possibly the circ pump has rubbish in it, causing lack of pressure to the pressure switch....making the machine think not enough water is present.

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You should remove the drain line and clear it form any debris in the hose or the hose connection.

Also chance that the pump impeller is jammed.

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