Miele W1611 Door Seal Replacement




These are instructions on how to change the door seal on a Miele W1611 Novotronic Front Loader washing machine. I am an electrical engineer and I figured this out myself, copy these steps at your own risk.

Step 1:

Obviously unplug the power before you start and wait a few minutes for the capacitors to discharge.

On both sides of the lid are small plastic covers. Remove both and undo the screw (Torx bit). Remove them and then reinsert the screw with 1 turn, then push the screw back into the lid. There are slides that these screws tighten into, they hold the lid on.

Step 2:

Lift the front of the lid and slide it backwards enough to remove.

Step 3:

Remove the soap drawer completely.
Undo the 2 screws above and below the latch slot. Remove the big screw below the drum opening. Remove the retaining ring around the drum seal (depending on the model it might be metal with a spring, or plastic with a ratchet).

Step 4:

Pull the seal off the lip on the front panel.

Step 5:

Lift the control panel up and lie it on top of the machine. No need to remove any hoses or unplug any cables from it.
Open the drain plug flap at the bottom left of the front panel. You'll need this open to guide the pull ring through when you remove the front panel. Remove the 2 screws that hold the front panel on and tilt it forwards. Lift the front panel free of the locating pins on the bottom and guide the orange pull ring out of the front panel slot.

Step 6:

Lift the front panel free of the locating pins on the bottom and guide the orange pull ring out of the front panel slot.

Step 7:

Undo the screw on the drum retaining ring. It's tricky to get to. Remove the rubber hose at the top of the seal and pull the seal off.

Step 8:

Install the new seal in exactly the reverse method.



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    11 months ago

    I followed these instructions with success on my Miele W1511. The instructions were perfect. Thanks Mikie! :-)


    11 months ago

    Hi Mikie, mate thank you so much for your detailed easy to follow instructions. Following them step by step I have been able to fix our washing machine.. thanks again...:-)

    Google is amazing ..!!!!!



    1 year ago

    Just done the job on my W1512 model, exactly as described. Thanks.


    2 years ago

    Awesome instructions. I have a Miele w2104, only difference is the front panel removed without needing to take the top off. Just pop the bottom guard off and undo the 2 a reason each side

    Just finished successfully replacing the door seal on my Miele W1634 using your instructions. Thank you so much!

    Hi there,i'm in the UK and i need to buy a rubber door seal for my Meile w1613(about 7yrs old) and fit it,do you know where i can buy the part for the cheapest price?????Pleeeeeease????Mine has been ripped to shreds???No idea how...but my kids are really bad at leaving stuff in pockets,always had problems with my Meile but i don't know if its the washing machine or the kids????

    1 reply

    These seals usually break because clothing is left hanging out when the door is closed. While the drum turns it pulls the clothes back in and tears the rubber seal. It's very unlikely that items in the drum can cause damage to the seal.
    See if you can find an appliance spare parts store near you. I did a quick google search and found: http://shop.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/miele-door-seals They seem to have genuine and 'compatible' seals that are a bit cheaper.
    Hope this helps.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This instruction has been extremely helpful. However, getting the new seal back on the drum is another matter! I suspect it will take two people, one to hold half of the seal on the drum while the other half is stretched over the drum. It is like putting a tire back on a wheel.

    3 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I don't recall having any difficulty with getting the seal back on the drum. Have you loosened the drum retaining ring enough?


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks mikie with a little help I was able to install the seal successfully. You saved me $360 installation costs in Canberra Australia.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi mikie yes I removed the retaining ring. I'm assuming they sent me the right seal. I'll make another attempt.