How to Reset Bosch Dishwasher Models With and Without a Cancel Drain Function

By SmartHomeBit Staff •  Updated: 12/25/22 •  8 min read

If your Bosch dishwasher’s controls aren’t responding, you won’t be able to change your settings.

To unlock your controls, you’ll have to reset the machine.


Your dishwasher’s control panel has buttons that allow you to select a cycle type like Normal or Eco, and various options like Delicate and Sanitize.

Normally, you can change options any time you like, except in the middle of a cycle.

However, you might start a cycle, then realize you chose the wrong setting.

When you open the door, the dishwasher’s controls won’t respond, and you won’t be able to make any adjustments.

You’ll have to reset your dishwasher to regain access to your controls.

Here’s a quick guide.


How to Reset Bosch Models With No Cancel Drain function

Assuming you’re using a regular Bosch dishwasher with no Cancel Drain function, you’ll have to press and hold the Start button.

If you need to open your door to access the controls, be careful.

Hot water could spray out of the dishwasher and burn you.

After you hold the Start button for 3 to 5 seconds, the dishwasher will provide a visual response.

Some models will change the display to 0:00, while others will turn off the Active warning.

If there’s water left in the dishwasher, close the door and give it a minute to drain.

Then open the door again if necessary to access your Power button, and turn the dishwasher off and on.

At this point, you should have full access to your controls.

If that doesn’t work, consult your owner’s manual.

Bosch manufactures a few oddball models with different reset functions.


How to Reset Bosch Dishwasher Models With and Without a Cancel Drain Function


How to Reset Bosch Dishwashers With a Cancel Drain Function

If your dishwasher’s display says “Cancel Drain,” it has a Cancel Drain function, which means you have to manually cancel the cycle and drain the machine.

The Cancel Drain function works much the same as a reset, but with one crucial difference.

Instead of pressing and holding your Start button, you’ll have to press and hold a pair of buttons.

These buttons are different from model to model, but there are usually little dots underneath them to identify them.

If you can’t locate them, check your owner’s manual.

Once you’ve pressed and held the buttons, the process works the same as for other Bosch dishwashers.

Close the door and wait for the water to drain.

If your model has an external display, the word “Clean” may appear on it when it’s done draining.

Power off and power back on, and your problem should be solved.


How to Clear a Bosch Dishwasher Error Code

In some cases, a reset may not solve your problem.

If your dishwasher is displaying an error code that won’t go away, you’ll have to take more extreme measures.

There are many different error codes, with many possible solutions.

However, the most common solution is to unplug the dishwasher and plug it back in again.

When you do this, be careful to ensure there’s no water on or around the plug.

Leave the dishwasher unplugged for 2 to 3 minutes, then plug it back in again.

If your dishwasher’s plug is difficult to access, you can shut off the circuit breaker instead.

It’s also a good idea if there’s any water around the plug.

Like when unplugging the appliance, wait for 2 to 3 minutes before you turn the breaker back on.

Keep in mind that this will disconnect power to any other devices that share the dishwasher’s circuit.


Interpreting Bosch Dishwasher Error Codes

As we discussed, cutting off the power can clear many error codes.

That said, non-electrical error codes will eventually reappear.

In that case, you’ll have to diagnose the problem.

Here’s a list of Bosch dishwasher error codes and what they mean.

Hopefully, this is enough information to solve your dishwasher problems.

But some of these errors may require further diagnosis or a part replacement.

If your machine is still under warranty, you can reach Bosch customer support at (800)-944-2902. If not, you’ll have to hire a local technician.


In Summary – Resetting Your Bosch Dishwasher

Resetting your Bosch dishwasher is usually simple.

Press and hold the Start or Cancel Drain buttons, drain any water, and power cycle the machine.

This should unlock your control panel and allow you to change your settings.

If a standard reset doesn’t work, manually disconnecting the power supply might do the trick.

Otherwise, you’ll have to see if there are any error codes and take appropriate action.




My display reads 0:00 or 0:01. What does that mean?

When your display reads 0:00, it means that the dishwasher needs to drain before you can power cycle it.

You have to close the door and wait for a minute for it to drain.

When the display switches to 0:01, you’re ready to power cycle it and finish the reset.

If the display remains stuck on 0:00, you can reset it by unplugging the dishwasher and plugging it back in.


My control panel is unresponsive. What’s happening?

If your Start or Cancel Drain buttons won’t respond, you may not need to reset your dishwasher.

Instead, you may have accidentally engaged the child lock.

On most models, you can press and hold the lock button or right arrow.

If you’re having trouble, consult your owner’s manual.

SmartHomeBit Staff