Bosch dishwasher reset not working? Try this

Usually, several possible reasons might require you to reset your Bosch dishwasher. Unfortunately, the reset steps you take might not always work.

So, what else can you try if your Bosch dishwasher reset is not working?

Well, in this short guide, I will show you some quick alternative reset methods you can try.

Towards the end, I will show you how you can clear some error codes if a reset does not work.

Bosch dishwasher reset not working – how you can solve the problem

Typically, there are two ways you can reset your Bosch dishwasher:

  1. Using the control panel buttons
  2. Cutting the power supply to the dishwasher

Now, when it comes to implementing any of these methods, the reset steps might vary slightly.

This makes it quite possible to miss one of the steps hence why your reset might not work.

In addition, the reset steps for one Bosch dishwasher might not necessarily work on your Bosch dishwasher model.

That being so, let us first look at all the reset steps you should follow…

How to reset a Bosch dishwasher using the control panel buttons (Bosch dishwasher reset buttons)

You can reset most Bosch dishwasher models by pressing and holding the Start button for three to five seconds.

Pro tip: In some models, the start button is labeled as Start/Reset – long pressing it will also reset your dishwasher.

Nonetheless, pressing and holding the Cancel/Drain button for around five seconds will perform the reset in some models.

That said, these reset steps might not always work for a few select models.

In such models, below are the steps you can follow to reset the dishwasher:

  1. Open the dishwasher door.
  2. Touch and hold the Start pad for three to five seconds.
  3. Once the timer resets to 0:01, turn off the dishwasher.
  4. After at least 30 seconds, turn on your dishwasher.
  5. Choose your preferred wash cycle, press the start button, and close your dishwasher to complete the reset process.


At this stage, I should mention that the above reset procedures oftentimes work if you intend on resetting a wash cycle or when the dishwasher is acting up after a power failure.

However, if you want to factory/hard reset your dishwasher (maybe when wanting to clear an error code), the above steps might not work.

Having said that, here’s how you can hard reset your Bosch dishwasher:

How to hard reset (factory reset) a Bosch dishwasher – what to do if Bosch dishwasher reset buttons are not working

Basically, there are two methods you can use depending on whether you can access the dishwasher’s power cord or not.

And these methods are:

Method 1: Using the power cord

Here, locate the dishwasher’s power cord and pull it out of the power outlet.

Next, let your dishwasher sit for at least five minutes without power.

Method 2: Using the circuit breaker

To reset your dishwasher using this method, trip the circuit breaker line to the dishwasher and let it sit for at least five minutes before resetting it.


The essence of letting your dishwasher sit for 5 minutes without power is to allow for static/flea charges to flow out of the control board (which resets the unit).

Bosch dishwasher hard reset not working

At times, resetting the dishwasher might not always fix the problem.

Oftentimes, this will be the case if you are resetting the dishwasher to clear error codes such as E01, E02, E03, and so on.

You see, some of these error codes stem from the control board behaving erratically hence why resetting the dishwasher fixes the problem.

Nevertheless, at times these error codes might stem from more serious issues.

That is why, if resetting the dishwasher does not clear the error code, you should try to fix the other possible causes of the error code.

Now, if you are not sure where to start, you can start by reading our other guide on the same: How to fix various Bosch dishwasher fault codes

Bosch dishwasher check water reset not working

If you have reset your dishwasher yet the red check water indicator light is still flashing, below are some solutions you should try…

Start by making sure that water is flowing into the dishwasher.

To do so, confirm that the water faucet is fully open and that the water pressure to the dishwasher is between 7 and 145 psi.

Next, straighten any twists the inlet hose might be having.

Once done, test the water inlet valve for continuity.

If it lacks continuity, it means it’s bad and you should consider replacing it – see current inlet valve prices.

On the other hand, if the dishwasher is getting water, check if there is flooding in the tub area.

If there is, you can use a wet vacuum to remove the water.

Next, remove the drain filter and use a soft brush and running water to clean it.

Once done, proceed to remove any foreign objects that might be trapped inside the drain pump assembly.

Moving on…

Straighten any twists that the drain hose might have, and, in the process, remove any clogs that might be trapped in there.

And do not forget to clean the air gap (if your installation has one).

If you have a garbage disposer, run it to clear the drainage system – at times, this fixes the problem.

If the check water light is still blinking and there’s still water in the tub area, high chances are that the drain pump is faulty.

Here, your best option will be to replace the drain pump – order one on Amazon.

Can you reset a Bosch dishwasher?

Yes, you can.

To reset your Bosch dishwasher, disconnect it from the power outlet and let it sit for at least five minutes without power.

Alternatively, you can trip the circuit breaker and again, let the dishwasher sit for at least five minutes without power.

Final thoughts on Bosch dishwasher reset not working

Remember, if you are resetting your dishwasher to try and clear an error code, and the reset does not work, the next best route to take would be to try and troubleshoot for problems that might cause the error code.

This is because a reset is not always the answer to clearing all fault codes.

To this extent, I recommend you check our other article: Bosch dishwasher fault codes (Meaning and possible solutions).


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