One of the best things about induction hobs is that they will directly tell you when something is wrong. If it is unsafe or incapable of cooking, then the hob might simply turn off. However, as you may have come to find out, it can sometimes flash certain codes, telling you what is wrong. If you don’t have an instruction manual to hand, working out specific problems isn’t always so simple.
One of its most common codes is “F.” The “F” on a Miele induction hob means there’s a fault, likely that something is preventing the hob from turning on, heating up, or even cooling down.
If you don’t have your Miele induction hob manual to hand, or are just getting started with using your new hob for the first time, here’s a quick guide to what those “F” errors on your new kit actually mean.
If the simple “F” symbol has appeared on your Miele induction hob, then the chances are that something is covering the hob.
If there is liquid, food, physical objects or any kind of debris covering the hob’s zones, the control panel, or even surrounding the induction hob, then this error code will likely appear.
This is because the debris is interfering with the magnetic field, which needs to be complete for the hob to heat up – or because liquid has leaked into the electrical workings of the induction hob. Therefore, this leak could be causing issues underneath the surface of the glass that you can’t see.
To continue cooking, you will need to wipe down the induction hob and all around it, ensuring that nothing is covering or touching it in a way that could damage or interfere with the cooking zones. Remember to use a clean, soft cloth to wipe down your Miele induction hob to prevent it from getting damaged as you clean it.
If Error F persists, it’s a good idea to contact Miele directly for support, as manufacturer’s warranty may cover you.
These error codes indicate that the induction hob is overheating. While the Miele induction hob does have a powerful fan, it can occasionally overheat. If that is the case, then simply turn off the hob and let it cool down completely. Once it has completely cooled down, it will be safe to use again – and go easy on heating back up just in case.
This error code means that the fan beneath the surface of the glass is blocked. If you have a cupboard or drawer beneath your induction cooktop, open them and ensure that nothing underneath blocks the fan from running properly.
A blockage could be anything from a cooking utensil to food or anything that you have stored beneath! Switch off your hob, gently remove whatever is blocking the fan so as not to damage it, then continue cooking.
FE91, FE92, FE93, FE94
Any of these error codes could indicate that the electrical connections within the hob have not been properly installed. Therefore, the induction hob could be on far too high voltage or far too low.
Sadly, since this is a serious issue, then the only way to resolve it is by contacting an engineer. Again it’s a good idea to reach out to Miele directly if you can – as the company will dispatch an engineer to look carefully at what may be causing your problems. It’s even better to call if you have an extended warranty or an aftercare plan in place. That way, you may not have to pay for any repairs or replacements.
It’s another good reason why you should avoid installing your induction hob yourself – these are very sensitive pieces of equipment!
FE and Any Other Number
You may see FE light up with any number other than the ones mentioned above. This usually means that there has been a malfunction within the hob itself. Therefore, you will need to unplug the hob from the AC power and leave it unplugged for about a minute.
After this time, you can then plug the induction hob back in and turn it on. It should then work perfectly fine, however, should you still have difficulty getting it to turn on, or you are repeatedly seeing error codes, then it is a wise idea to contact the manufacturer for their advice.
Can I Fix My Miele Induction Hob Myself?
If you’re qualified to do so, then yes, but it’s likely you’re going to need the help of an engineer. We don’t recommend that you attempt to repair your induction hob yourself.
Repairing a broken hob yourself could further damage the appliance, or even cause injury. A professional should be able to quickly determine the source of the issue and may be able to get you back cooking again in no time. Never be too hasty to go hammer and tongs at your induction hob!