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New washer installation questions

Posted by clean_laundry_lover (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 6, 12 at 4:35

Hello,

I've just purchased a Miele W1213 washer and have a few installation and use questions. So, here goes:

1.) I'm repurposing an old stove outlet for use with this 240V machine. I've already replaced the outlet to the correct one. Now my question is at the fuse box. It takes cartridge fuses and right now has two 40V cartridges. Now Miele asks for a 15A circuit. So, do I replace the cartridges with 15A ones or with 7.5A ones or something different all together? Also, on the serial plate it reads: Max ampacity: L1 12A L2 12A. This would seem to go with my latter choice but I honestly don't know.

1a.) Do both these cartridges trip if there is a fault? Or is this dangerous somehow? And if they both don't trip is there some sort of retrofit to cause them both to trip or make it safer?

2.) I've cleaned the outside of the machine but I want to know how to clean the insides. It smells a but musty and there is a little mould on the boot, but nothing major. I've cleaned the detergent drawer inside and out as well as the area that it slides in to.

3.) There is a bit if damage to the front control panel. Does anyone know where I could get a replacement for cheap? I bet Miele would charge an arm & some other body part for it.

That's all I can think of for now. Thanks for any help.


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RE: New washer installation questions

Both fuses are changed to 15 amp. A 240v circuit is two 120v circuits (legs, L1 & L2) working together, each half takes the same size fuse or breaker, whatever required size that may be.

It's not OK to upsize fuses or breakers on a circuit that's smaller than needed because the wire may be too small to carry the higher current safely.

But it is OK to downsize fuses or breakers ... actually it's required or the appliance involved won't be properly protected. The wire was installed large enough to carry the original higher level of current (40 amps) so can safely carry the lower current (12 or 15 amps). Sounds like you don't have much experience with electrical so I'd strongly suggest hiring an electrician to do the job.

Either or both fuses or breakers on a 240v circuit may blow or trip, depending on the nature of the electrical fault.

Short of disassembling the machine, best you can do for cleaning the interior is run a cycle with liquid chlorine bleach (IF Miele allows it), or a commercial washer-cleaning product such as Affresh or Tide Washing Machine Cleaner.

I don't have direct experience with Miele, but my understanding is that parts are available only from them, or perhaps if there's a given item on eBay, and the cost is typically high.

This post was edited by dadoes on Thu, Dec 6, 12 at 9:08


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RE: New washer installation questions

...I'd strongly suggest hiring an electrician to do the job.
Sage advice from dadoes as this is not a DIYer project. Make sure your electrician is properly licensed too.


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RE: New washer installation questions

I cleaned the drum of my grandma's Miele by running it on the longest and hottest cycle with citric acid. Then caught the wash water in a bucket, switched the washer over to spin and poured the hot solution into the spinning machine. Another rinse and some water down the dispenser during the subsequent spin will clean out any residue from the cleaning cycle.

Alex

Here is a link that might be useful: Miele Washer Cleaning


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