How to Reset Bosch Dishwasher to Factory Settings?

A Bosch dishwasher is a high-end machine that features a lot of modes and options. It usually works flawlessly because of its immaculate manufacturing and stringent quality testing.

As a user, you may need to reset your machine for various reasons. You may need to add a dish, eliminate an error message, clear a frozen display, or change settings during a mid-cycle. Sometimes you need to clear the drain by resetting the machine.

A reset is the solution to quite a few problems and is often the first step for troubleshooting a dishwasher. Resetting a Bosch dishwasher is an easy thing to do. You will be done with it in just a couple of minutes by performing a few simple steps.

How to Reset Bosch Dishwasher to Factory Settings?

There are two methods that you can use to reset your machine. Both are easy and quick. Let’s check them out.

Method 1: Digital Reset

Method 1 Digital Reset

  • If your dishwasher is running, open the door slightly to ensure no water comes out from the machine. A Bosch dishwasher doesn’t stop running when you open the door. Be careful as the hot water can scald you.
  • Make sure that the child lock is off before attempting to reset your machine. The child lock will prevent you from changing any settings on your machine. If the child lock is on, the LED will show the words “Child Lock” or display the child lock symbol. Follow the user manual to turn off the child lock as the process may vary from one Bosch dishwasher to another.
  • After turning off the child lock, you need to stop the cycle currently running on your machine. To do this, hold the start button until the light indicating that the dishwasher is active fades away. This process will halt the running cycle and bring back a struck display.
  • Wait for the water to drain out from the machine. If you want to add or remove a dish, it is best to let the water drain as you don’t want water spilling from the bottom and flooding your kitchen floor. If the machine was running on a long cycle, it might take 5-10 minutes to drain.
  • Ok, so now your Bosch dishwasher is ready for a reset. All you have to do is press and hold the reset button for 3-5 seconds. The start button on the right side of the control panel also functions as a reset button. It is labeled as “start/reset” or even “reset 3 seconds” in a few Bosch models.
  • Resetting in this way will clear issues like a frozen display, stuck dishwasher, and drain not clearing problems. Some models may show 0:01 on the LCD as remaining time. You need to press the power button once, and then the machine will allow you to change the cycle and options on your machine.

Method 2: Manual Reset

A manual reset is also a great way to clear your dishwasher of errors, drainage, and frozen display problems. Perform the following steps for resetting your Bosch dishwasher manually.

  • Reach and unplug your machine if it is easy to get hold of the plug. You don’t necessarily need to pull out your dishwasher for a manual reset. A manual reset works best for various error messages and potential problems.
  • Turn off the switch and unplug the machine for 2-3 minutes.
  • If you can’t reach the plug, you can also turn off the dishwasher’s breaker on the electric panel of your home. Please keep in mind that it will turn off all the other appliances and lights working on that particular circuit, so it is best to check before turning off the circuit breaker.
  • Wait for 3-5 minutes before turning the breaker on.
  • Turn on your machine, and you will be good to go.

Final Words

Resetting a Bosch dishwasher is an easy thing to do. The best thing about dishwashers is their user-friendly operation. However, if the problems persist and your dishwasher troubles you regularly, it is best to contact customer service.


  • Stephen Powers

    Appliance repair guy from Washington. I am majorly experienced in dishwashers, water filters and refrigerators, AMA on my twitter account.

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