Leaking Dishwasher Door Seals

Things that go bump in the lockdown don’t get fixed as easily as they would normally. Take a leaking dishwasher;-

The drips started from the corners of the door. As the function of the dishwasher had been seriously elevated during the lockdown, it was now in constant use no longer spared by coffee lunch and meals out during visits to the wild world. The dishwasher was now revered.

I have been taught by someone who knows; how to load the thing to get the maximum possible capacity and – and this is an important ‘and’, actually get the dishes washed properly. Allegedly my technique of double decking fails to meet the criteria. I have been duly advised. I have used all my nine lives. I must try harder. Anyway, to the point this focal point of life as we know it started to leak. A search of ‘what ifs’ and ‘how to’ threw up the strong possibility it was the door seal, but there are two, thus which one?

The ‘how to’ videos on Youtube should be rated. Category one; those produced by prats who try to film themselves using one hand when both are needed to effect the job in hand. Category two; those who pretend to an authority on a subject and feel the world needs to experience their daft meanderings. Category three; films by ‘experts’ who miss out keen details because it was so well known to them they felt everyone shares their expertise. And finally category Four; films by intellegent engineers who point out key issues and show you how to fix stuff in detail.

Unfortunately replacing the door seals on a Miele dishwasher falls into categories one, two and three. Cat four dose’nt exist.

The category three guy shows how to rip out the old bottom seal in the door. And completely overlooks the replacement sequence – which we learn needs to have half the machine dismantled. The two minutes to remove becomes 3 hours to refit.

But we are older and wiser now and fully competent in replacing the bleeding seals. We appreciate the dilemma that Miele present when they do not included any information or instructions with their parts. It would be crass to suggest their £150 fitting charge would be at risk.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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