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David Gee Posted on Jun 06, 2007
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WT945 Dryer doesn't dry

I have a WT945 washer/dryer that washes excellently. As we don't need to use the dryer often, every winter we need the repairman to come out and fix that the dryer fails to actually dry. Ultimately the machine will get an error (The Washing LED starts flashing) and when you stop the machine, the clothes are still wet and the unit is not warm/hot. The last time the repairman came out, he told me that it was the fan at the top of the unit that had siezed and that if I removed the top of the machine and lubricated the siezed fan next time all would be good. Since winter has come around again (for us), I tested the dryer and found it to fail (as usual). I then turned off the machine, took his advice and lubricated the siezed fan. The fan works moves freely, but the dryer still does not work. Does anyone know what can be done to fix what appears to be a very simple problem? Any information on what the error actually represents would be appreciated!

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    David Gee Jun 30, 2007

    Thanks for all the assistance. My dryer is now working as well. I would have posted solved sooner but it has taken me some time to get the opportunity to wrestle it away from the family wash loads for testing.

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Getting the Lid Off -White "Buttons" on the sides 3 inches from the front. With a fingernail or bit of plastic pull the white plastic buttons off. Under these plastic covers are the screws you need to take the lid off.

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Hi, I had the same problem! Your solution - pushing the small button in the black sensor, solved it! 2 minutes work!

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Our fan was also stiff to turn because the condenser was blocked with washing powder etc - we removed the hot air extractor channel (the grey metal box on top of the drum), by removing the two 13mm bolts at the front and the two 10mm bolts at the rear. With this moved a little to the side we poured a mug of boiling water into the metal body of the condensor. The fan then ran freely and with the thermal cut out switch depressed, the hot air extractor channel replaced - everything worked fine again :-)

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Thanks a million! I have had exactly same problem since last two years. But your fix saved me money. Thanks for sharing this tip. You are a star!

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We had same problem and your solution fixed it for us, saving us £100 call out fee. Many thanks.

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Thanks for the advice - I've just saved myself a fortune in callout costs for a 2 minute job.

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I had exactly the same problem yesterday and fixed it thanks to the tip above. The $64,000 question is: where is the thermostat/thermal cutout which has tripped due to the lack of airflow and overheating caused when the fan was seized? Answer: there is a large rectangular metal casing right in the centre of the machine lying on top of the outer drum - I am guessing that this is the dryer's heater unit. This has several electrical sensors/terminals on its right hand edge all connected to the wiring loom. About half way along there is a black plastic sensor unit about an inch in diameter, with two wires connected to it. At the centre of this sensor there is a small rectangular button to reset the 'tripout' mechanism. Push this back in with a small finger or tool. Mine 'clicked' but did not actually stay in - don't worry, it's done the job. Now try a test drying (eg 20 minutes timed). Hopefully the fan will spin and the heat will arrive quickly - easy to test as the top of the rectangular casing gets very hot after a few minutes (presumably normal), so beware oif burns! Thanks to toneavenger for giving me the confidence to take the top off and save £99 callout, and to Miele designers for fitting high quality accessible components that enabled an easy fix. Good luck! Bill W

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Check that the lack of air flow hasn't tripped out the thermostats. bypassing them will confirm the element hasnt blown out. but do not keep them bypassed as a "repair"

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2007

    and when repaired -try to use the drier at least once a week for 10 minutes or so to stop the fan seizing up again!!!

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