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Hi Ed ..
The following is from the Miele handbook and would indicate that the machine can have the water temperature adjusted...... However I suggest that by merely disconnecting/removing the element
the machine's temperature sensors would not allow the machine to work..
A compromise may be to select the lowest wash temperature (ie 30c) This is better than cold water for detergent economy and effectiveness, and machine life.. I understand your situation.
Tap water line (cold water) The tap water connection is established using the inlet hose with the blue marking. If the washer is connected to this line only, the appliance will need to be reprogrammed to cold water fill only. Please contact your Miele dealer or Miele Customer Service for reprogramming instructions.
It could be the contacts of a switch (or the electronic part) is defect, or the heating. Mechanics are not cheap, so to invite one for the repair could cost between 200 an 600 euro or dollar. depending what the parts will cost. if the machine is about 10 years of age I would think twice before I invite someone for a repair, because even with a new heater, the rest of the machine is not that young. I would replace the whole machine. Miele should work for 20 years, but Google and see in how many fora they are talking about defects.
i just replaced rubber gasket on miele w4840 it took lots of patience! there is a retaining wire on spring on front part this is easily removed. next there is a light and water line about 11 o'clock take this apart and unhook water line in order to remove these from gasket. next there is a locking wire on right side at 9 o'clock. i was able to get a flat head screwdriver and loosen the screw you can open about 1 -1.5 inch at this point the rubber seal can be removed. you have to carefully (painstakingly) put the new seal on. make sure everything is lined up right before replacing the wires took me about an hour as the gasket is difficult to put on back part on drum
What is the make and model of your washer? I had a similar problem with my Maytag - there was a burnt resistor on the control board. We ended up just buying a new washer since the cost for parts alone was close to $400...the labor would have been a DIY-thing (15 minutes easily for the greenest amateur).
Sorry but I would strongly suggest that sending any part to Miele and paying Miele for fixing the fault would cost considerably more that a 'local' service engineer ;-0(
Also Miele would not necessarily accept someone sending parts or all of a washer to it. 'Local' Service engineers are available for exactly the purpose of avoiding customers having to send suspected faulty equipment back to the factory. Also factories are not normally set up for carrying out retail repairs.
So, sorry again. Call your local repair man who should have the equipment to diagnose and cure the fault ;-0)
Mine is W3844. Miele's technician said the Wather Path Control Unit (part # 6271992) need to be changed.
Total Cost: (HKD)
450 for todays check cost
1100 for the part
250 for the labour to change the part.
The only Miele spare parts are direct from Miele or through a Miele service agent. Have a look on the Miele website for your nearest Miele branch or service agent in your country. I work for Miele and they only sell parts this way. if you call the Miele spare parts number off the website and tell them what model washing machine you have and they will be able to mail one to you or advise a service technician to have a look at it.
OF COURSE YOU CAN CHANGE IT YOURSELF, IF YOU HAVE PATIENCE. If you are very machanical, you should be ok, but if not, then you will want a 2nd person for help holding the frame anf glass window ,etcetera because it is tricky getting the seal and glass and frame and screws all together. Depending on the model, you may want to remove the door from the washer to handle it better, but on other models it is better to leave the door frame attached to give you a 3rd hand while you are contending with the the other parts. Good luck. Macgivor
Washers have (dogs), these fit in like a gear.at the bottom of the tub. They are made of plastic and wear out, when this happens the washer won't agitate Usually the center that sits in the tub, at the very top, it will un screw. after getting it off there's a bolt down the center of this tube, You will need a fairly long extension and ratchet for this. re move the screww and the whole agitator will lift out. there will be 3-4 dogs that sit in grooves at the bottom, these lift out easily, take your new ones and insert them the same way, from here reverse what you have done. These parts cost me about $6 and since I replaced them I saved about $65+ in labor.