How to Reset Miele Washing Machine (Quick and Easy)

If you’re wondering why there’s not a simple ‘Reset’ button on your Miele washing machine, you’re not the only one! Unfortunately, washing machines usually have a reason for their error codes, so manufacturers don’t make it terribly simple.

However, resetting a Miele washing machine is actually quite simple. At the end of the article, I’ve got a maintenance checklist for you to help you get rid of the error code gremlins for good!

Is There a Reset Button on a Miele Washing Machine?

Generally, there is no reset button on Miele washing machines. However, you might see one on other brands, it’s more common for Miele washing machines to use a combination of buttons (model dependent) to reset. 

How to Reset a Miele Washing Machine

To reset your Miele washing machine, turn your machine off at the mains power for 5-10 minutes before turning it back on. This type of hard reset works with most washing machines.

However, it will clear any error codes before you get a chance to see what they are, which might cause more problems later on if you have not fixed the source of the problem.

How to reset Miele Washing Machine Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

To reset the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on your Miele washing machine follow the same steps above, turning your machine off at the mains power for 5-10 minutes before turning it back on.

Again, it will clear any error codes before you get a chance to see what they are, which might cause more problems later on if you have not fixed the source of the problem.

When to Reset a Miele Washing Machine

Here are a couple of the most common reasons why you would want to reset your Miele washing machine.

Water Leaks

Whether you’ve noticed the leak or error code first (usually F138), all this essentially means is there’s water or moisture somewhere it shouldn’t be… OR the moisture sensor is broken and sending off faulty signals.

You can fix this by tightening up any loose hoses or connections and checking that they’re all free-flowing, with no kinks or obvious blockages.

Washer Isn’t Draining

If your machine is stuck full of water and won’t drain (error codes F11/F15/F140) – you might be looking to reset it. However, this usually means there’s either a blockage somewhere or a kink in the drainage hose so a reset alone won’t help.

The most common problem and easiest fix is with the filter, especially if you wear PPE masks, hair bobbles, or trainer socks as these are the most common culprits in my house.

You’ll need 3-4 large towels to prevent a minor flood as when you remove the filter, you’re also going to release all the water from the machine.

Washer Not Getting Any Water

If your machine is throwing an error (usually F10) near the start of the cycle, it’s likely because it can’t get the water in to fill up the machine. This is most common if you’ve just plugged in the washer or if you’re experiencing low water pressure due to a burst pipe in the area.

If your washing machine has been plugged in and worked before, check there’s not something wrong with the water in the rest of your house. Simply run a cold water tap and see whether the pressure is what you’d think is normal.

If the tap is dry or trickling, it’s likely a problem with the local water supply than the machine. Wait until the supply is back to normal, then try starting the washing machine again after you’ve reset the machine.

If your appliance is new, double-check all the supply hoses, make sure hot-hot and cold-cold lines match up where needed, that there are no kinks in the lines, and that all the water valves are open.

Door Lock or Jammed Buttons

If you’ve got an older machine or kids with sticky fingers, one of the buttons on your washer might be stuck in / jammed / constantly depressed, or you might not be able to get the door open (errors F34/F35).

Related: How to Unlock a Bosch Washing Machine Door

In some cases, it can be a quick fix for this one. Turn the machine off, then give the buttons a good clean. Press them individually until you find the stuck one, then give that some extra attention. A small cocktail stick or interdental brush might help you release it if it’s proving tricky.

If the door is stuck, try resetting the machine and then leaving it powered off for 5 minutes before opening. Beware that if the machine hasn’t drained, it’s likely to leak everywhere so have plenty of towels to ready just in case. If the door still won’t open, you’ll need to call in an appliance technician to help.

Unbalanced Load / Excess Wobbling or Movement Across the Floor

If the machine has started ‘walking’ across the floor or is vibrating more than usual, it’s likely the load is somehow unbalanced; it might be that some heavy items have become tangled, or maybe you’ve just put one too many jumpers in.

Try to untangle and rearrange the load if you can so that it’s more balanced, then restart the machine. If this doesn’t work, remove a few items and try again.

Washing Machine Maintenance Checklist

General Tips:

  1. Make sure to only use as much detergent as you need – overdoing it can lead you to need more maintenance than you otherwise would and clog up the machine.
  2. Don’t overload the machine. Each machine will have a maximum capacity, usually 6-10kg, and putting too much in can damage the appliance. 

After Each Load:

  1. Leave the machine door/lid open when you’re not using it. This helps to keep your machine fresh and odor-free. 


  1. Clean out the filter at least once a month; it’s usually in the agitator if you have a top-load or behind a panel on the bottom of the front if it’s a front-load machine.
  2. Run a cleaning cycle, sometimes referred to as a maintenance wash. Detergent, dirt, softener, and bacteria can build up in your machine – so it’s important to run a cleaning cycle regularly and clean out your door seal and detergent drawer at the same time.


  1. Check that your machine has enough space around it, ideally at least 3-4 inches between the back of the machine and the wall will help prevent damage to the fill and drainage hoses.
  2. Check the hoses, and make sure there are no obvious leaks, damage, or deterioration. Generally, these should be replaced every 3-5 years as part of routine maintenance.
  3. Check that the machine is level and balanced. If your machine is excessively vibrating or knocking against walls, check the feet underneath and adjust as necessary. You can use a spirit level to check, both side to side and front to back – this is easier with a helper!

To Wrap Up

Resetting a Miele washing machine may not be as straightforward as pushing a single ‘Reset’ button, but it can still be accomplished with a few simple steps.

By following the maintenance checklist and properly maintaining your Miele washing machine, you can keep it running smoothly and avoid the need for frequent resets.

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