Reset a Bosch Dishwasher

How to Reset a Bosch Dishwasher (Full Guide)

In Appliances, Home Tips by Jamie

The German appliance giant isn’t just one of the industry leaders in terms of dishwashers, but all different types of appliances as well. In fact, being that they’ve been around since 1886, Bosch is easily one of the most proven and reliable appliance brands on the market, making them a go-to for homeowners around the world.

Although, one of the first steps to owning a Bosch dishwasher is understanding how to operate it and most importantly, how to reset it if any issues arise. So, if the following guide we’re going to take a closer look at how to reset a Bosch dishwasher.

Is there a Reset Button on a Bosch Dishwasher?

One of the first reactions when your Bosch dishwasher starts to act up, is instinctually to look for a reset button. While there is technically no pre-assigned reset button with Bosch dishwashers, the Start button on newer Bosch models acts as the reset button. Simply hold the button for 3-5 seconds and the dishwasher should reset. Although, if you have an older model of the Bosch dishwasher then you will need to try another method, which is laid out below.

How to Reset a Bosch Dishwasher (Step-by-step) Bosch SHE3AR72UC Ascenta 24" White Full Console Dishwasher - Energy Star

1. Press the Regular Wash button, and the Rinse button

On older Bosch models, you will need to press down on the Regular Wash button along with the Rinse button and hold down on both at the same time for 3-5 seconds.

2. Wait 2-5 minutes

After you’ve pressed down on these buttons, and activated the reset, you should hear the Bosch dishwasher start to drain out all of the water remaining in the dishwasher. The next step is to wait until this draining process is complete, and all of the settings have been reset (which takes around 2-5 minutes).

3. Run a new cycle

After the draining has finished and the dishwasher has been reset, you will get a notification on the display panel informing you that the cycle is Complete or Done. At which point the dishwasher will enter Standby Mode, and you can safely run your next cycle.

Can You Do a Full Factory Reset on a Bosch Dishwasher?

Performing a factory reset on a Bosch dishwasher is the best way to return the unit to its original factory settings that were established when the dishwasher was first manufactured. Generally, this will not only remove all prior data but also fix any problems that you are currently having with your Bosch dishwasher.

However, if you want to perform a full factory reset of your Bosch dishwasher, you will first need to completely remove all power sources from the unit. Which means that you will need to go to the circuit breaker and shut off the power to the dishwasher directly. Then you will have to wait at least 5-7 minutes before switching the circuit breaker back on, which should remove the electrical current and any pre-stored data from the dishwasher’s memory.

Bosch Dishwasher Trouble Shooting

My Bosch Dishwasher Won’t Turn Off? Bosch SHEM63W55N 24" 300 Series Built In Full Console Dishwasher with 5 Wash Cycles,in Stainless Steel

When your Bosch dishwasher won’t turn off, this is likely due to an issue with the timer motor, the heater element, the thermostat, or the float switch assembly. The timer motor is responsible for regulating the filling, heating, washing, rinsing and drying cycles of your Bosch dishwasher, so having a faulty motor could be the reason why it’s not turning off.

Alternatively, if the water isn’t heating to the proper temperature inside of your Bosch dishwasher, then it will get stuck in the heating stage and never advance to the washing stage. This will occur when you have a problem with your heater element, which could be the reason why your Bosch dishwasher is not turning off.

Similar to the heating element, if the thermostat doesn’t indicate that the dishwasher has reached an optimal temperature to advance to the next cycle, then the washer will just continue to run. So, the thermostat could also be the culprit.

Lastly, if all of the aforementioned components are in good condition, then it could be the float switch assembly. Which is responsible for filling and draining the dishwasher. And if it’s not working properly, then your dishwasher will only continue to run on the cycle it’s currently on.

My Bosch Dishwasher Won’t Turn On?

Similar to the reasons why your Bosch dishwasher isn’t turning off, there could be countless factors contributing to your appliance not turning on as well. One of the first things you will need to do in this instance, however, is to ensure that there is direct power connected to your dishwasher. This is because if there is a disconnect or a faulty wire, then this could easily cause your Bosch dishwasher to simply not turn on. So, be sure to double-check the circuit breaker and all of the connections that go into powering your dishwasher.

Another reason why your Bosch dishwasher may not be turning on could be due to a faulty door latch or door sensor. If the unit detects that there is something preventing the door from closing properly, then it will not start the fresh cycle. Luckily, if the sensor is not working then you can just run a quick reset of the appliance which should restore its settings and fix the issue.

Otherwise, you may need to look to either repair or replace the sensor or the door latch, which could result in you having to call in a repair service if you are unable to do so yourself.

Why is My Bosch Dishwasher Not Draining?

Another common occurrence with just about any dishwasher is for the appliance to simply not drain when it’s supposed to. If you notice this starting to happen with your Bosch dishwasher, this is likely due to the fact that there is food debris either clogging up the filter or the water pump.

If the dishwasher is clogged and not draining as it should, you will need to check the filter and the pump to remove any debris or items that could be trapped inside. After you’ve removed all of the debris from both the filter and the pump, you will need to clean them with soap and a soft brush under running water. If the issue persists after you have cleaned out the filter and pump, then you will need to call a repair service to take over.

What to Do if Your Bosch Dishwasher is Leaking?

It’s always alarming when your Bosch dishwasher starts to leak, but the good news is that it’s generally pretty easy to find the source of the problem and the solution to fix it. One of the most common areas, when there’s a leak with your dishwasher, is the door seals. You will probably see this right away as the water will start to leak out from the front of the dishwasher and directly onto the floor.

To solve this you will need to either repair or replace the seal and potentially think about tightening the door latch with a screwdriver to secure it properly.

Another reason why your Bosch dishwasher might be leaking is that you have used the wrong detergent. Depending on which type of detergent you use, this could result in excessive suds which will essentially push water out from the dishwasher causing leaks and flooding.

Outside of these two factors, other reasons why your Bosch dishwasher might be leaking could be that there’s a problem with the drain hose, the circulation pump or the gasket. Any one of these will require a thorough inspection, and potentially a full-on replacement if you are unable to unclog or repair the drain, pump or gasket.

Bosch Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Not Opening?

Bosch Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Not Opening

There are a number of reasons why your Bosch dishwasher soap dispenser is not opening, but there are two culprits in particular that are likely to blame. First and foremost, it’s a general rule of thumb to never fill the soap dispenser completely to the brim. The reason is that this is a surefire way to cause the lid and body of the soap dispenser to stick, and not open.

Another common reason why the soap dispenser in your Bosch dishwasher may not be opening properly is due to low temperatures. If the temperature around the soap dispenser is too cold, then this could cause the lid to contract and get tighter around the soap dispenser, preventing it from opening. Luckily, this can be fixed by simply pouring warm water on the lid.

If you have difficulty opening the soap dispenser on your Bosch dishwasher, and are unable to find a solution yourself. The best thing to do is consult the owner’s manual for the machine, or contact additional support to help you fix the problem. It’s always better to ask for help than to try to fix the problem yourself and potentially break the soap dispenser entirely.

What is Bosch Dishwasher Code e15?

One of the more popular error codes to appear in modern Bosch dishwashers is the e15 error code, which will indicate to you that there is water leakage or overflow in the tank. This will mean that you will have to check the dishwasher tray for leaks, check the hoses for leaks and check other components around the dishwasher for leaks as well.

This message could appear if an unexpected amount of water has flowed into the pan, at which point you will need to examine all of the pieces where the leakage could be happening (body, hose, connections, etc.). Or if the drain pump is leaking (which will need to be repaired or replaced), or the sensor for monitoring the water leakage is broken. Which could require assistance from a specialist.

What is Bosch Dishwasher Code e24?

Another popular error code that can appear on a Bosch dishwasher is the e24 error code, which is to indicate that there is a problem with the drain. This can generally be rectified by cleaning out the clogs or straightening the hose, as this message typically pops up when the drain hose is clogged or bent.

What is Bosch Dishwasher Code e25?

If you notice an error code of e25 appears on your Bosch dishwasher, this is to notify you that there is a water draining problem caused by the drainage pump. Typically this error code appears when the pump nozzle or drain hose is clogged around the base. This will require you to clean the branch pipe and the drain hose from all blockages and check the pump impeller.

What is Bosch Dishwasher Code e22?

Whenever you see an error code of e22 pop up on your Bosch dishwasher, this is to indicate that the water isn’t draining properly due to some sort of clog in the drain path. The good news is that this can be fixed rather easily by either removing the obstacles in the drain hose, the drain filter, or the pan. If there’s nothing obstructing the path in any one of these components, then the issue likely lies with breakage in the pressure switch or drain pump. Both of which can easily be replaced or repaired by a service technician.

What is Bosch Dishwasher Code h01?

If you ever notice your Bosch dishwasher display an error code of h01, this is designed to indicate that the dishwashing cycle is going to start in exactly one hour. Whenever the h01, or the h02 signs pop up, most people view these as error codes. However, they are actually to let you know that you have now entered the start-up timer menu (delayed start for washing dishes). With all Bosch dishwashers, delayed starts can range anywhere from 1-24 hours.

Related Questions

Do Bosch Dishwashers Have a Warranty?

Anytime you spend the money one does on an item like a Bosch dishwasher, you want to ensure that it is backed with a reliable warranty. Luckily, Bosch offers a limited warranty on all of their appliances for parts and labor for the first year. As well as a warranty for the microprocessor or printed circuit board (parts only) between years 2 and 5, and a warranty for racks (parts only) between years 2 and 5.

Plus, they even offer a lifetime warranty on any rust-through on the inner tub liner, as well as additional extended warranties you can opt in to.

Do Bosch Dishwashers Need Regular Cleaning and Maintenance?

The best way to extend the lifespan of any indoor or outdoor appliance is by committing to a regular cleaning and maintenance routine. While Bosch dishwashers are renowned for being incredibly durable and long-lasting, this doesn’t mean that you can totally neglect them either.

Luckily, you should only have to clean your dishwasher once every 3-6 months (depending on usage) by simply running the longest, hottest wash cycle on an empty dishwasher. Then, after 30 minutes, just add one box of descaler to the bottom of your dishwasher, and let the wash cycle continue. The rest of the exterior can be cleaned with the use of a damp cloth, mild soap, and lukewarm water.

Final Thoughts

It’s well known that Bosch dishwashers have consistently ranked near the top of appliance brands as one of the most reliable, durable, and quiet units on the market. Being that they are so highly sought after, it’s paramount to know how to reset a Bosch dishwasher when they suddenly fail and need to be fixed. Hopefully, after reading through today’s guide, you have a better idea of how to keep your Bosch dishwasher in good standing and reset it properly if need be.

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Jamie

Jamie is the Founder of My Home Dwelling. He is a homeowner and enjoys sharing his homeowner tips with others. He has real estate experience working as a new home construction Realtor. Jamie has worked on numerous residential construction sites helping with interior and exterior renovations. He loves refinishing furniture, DIY home projects, and sharing his knowledge online.