Question about Miele Novotronic W1918A Front Load Washer
I have exactly the same problem. I am currently getting around the issue by letting the machine do the washing then at the end of that cycle do a manual rinse cycle.
Posted on Nov 28, 2010
I've been dealing with this problem too...seems worse when the ambient temp (and possibly cold water temp) is lower (machine in unheated garage). After ruling out clogged inlet filters, I've been manually adding water (2L soda bottle) at the start of the first rinse cycle when the red light flashes.
I think this is indeed a problem with one of the 3 solenoids in the 3-way cold inlet valve body: you have to have 3 separate water paths for pre-wash soap, main wash soap, and fabric softener trays. Hot water has only one valve because it is only used in the main wash cycle when appropriate; rinses use cold water only, regardless. Unfortunately, the 3-way part is quite pricey from Miele.
The pre-wash and wash cycles go thru fine because the pre-wash valve is active both times. Rinse #1 relies on the bad main-wash solenoid alone...after that, I believe Rinse #2 succeeds because the fabric-softener path is also active.
This suggests a possible hack involving swapping out the bad main-wash valve with the fabric-softener one (or rewiring and swapping hoses to accomplish the same end). That will ensure the bad valve is only used once, in concert with a second good valve--ie, during Rinse #2. I haven't yet tried this, and don't know if disassembling and physically swapping the valves is feasible.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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