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Watersystem fault My machine suddenly loses water all over the place. The water container is installed properly. This triggers the "water system fault", which I've managed to override by unplugging from the circuit board. This still doesnt fix the problem of why it happens in the first place. The technichian I called was useless. I fixed it for him and he charged me $90. Any ideas?

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  • offroader58 Jun 14, 2008

    Our Miele has had the boiler replaced (it died), the brew unit replaced, all the seals replaced, the internal spout replaced. It has spent months at the local repairer and we'd paid almost the initial purchase price on repairs over the five years we've had the fxxxxxg thing (more fools us!). After all that, it now leaks worse than ever (when you open the door each morning water pour out, down the cupboards and all over the floor), and the steam wand won't work when it's brewing coffee. Before I take it to see Mr Miele and insert it where the sun don't shine, does anyone have any suggestions (apart from replacing it)? It's only ever been used to make about 10 cups a day, max.


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This is a design flaw of the Miele CVA610 and CVA615. If the water reservoir is not properly installed, it will leak into the sump. The only solution is to have a turkey baster on hand for this invevitable situation. This has been confirmed to me by both a Miele technician and their technical support people.

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