How to reset my dishwasher

You may have several reasons for wanting to reset your dishwasher. Sometimes the display will indicate a technical error, causing your dishwasher to stop working properly, or you may be experiencing some other type of malfunction or error message. Fortunately, dishwashers can simply be reset, which fixes most problems. You can read how to do that here!

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How to reset your dishwasher

Er zijn twee manieren om een vaatwasser te resetten:

Option 1: A technical reset

Technical reset involves unplugging the dishwasher. Then wait two to three minutes before plugging it back in.

To be sure, first turn off the faucet and check that there is no standing water behind the machine. This way you can be sure that the chance of electricity coming into contact with water is very small.

Can’t reach the plug? For example because it is under water or because it is behind the dishwasher? Then go to the fuse box to shut off the electricity.

Option 2: A user reset

In this way to reset your dishwasher you hold down the on button for about 30 seconds. The drain pump will then immediately begin draining water and you can start a new program.

Each brand of dishwasher has its own way of performing a user reset, so always consult the user manual. Below you can read how to apply the user reset for the two most popular brands: a bosch dishwasher and a siemens dishwasher.

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Resetting a Bosch dishwasher

If you want to reset your Bosch dishwasher it is probably because you have been given an error code. These are indicated on the display by the letter E with a number between 0 and 31 behind it. Always check on the Bosch website what the error code stands for, so you can be sure whether your dishwasher needs repair or whether you just need to empty the drain hose, for example. Consult the manual of your Bosch dishwasher to solve the various faults and error codes. Simply unplugging your dishwasher to fix the fault can sometimes make the problem worse.

Reset a Siemens dishwasher

With a Siemens dishwasher, it works exactly the same. Check the manual to see what the different error codes mean. Sometimes you need a technician to come and solve the problem, but sometimes cleaning the dishwasher because it is clogged up is enough.

All error codes have their own solution, so don’t just randomly pull the plug or press all kinds of buttons, that can only make the problem worse.

Why you should reset your dishwasher

The most common reason to restart your dishwasher is a malfunction. Below, we’ve listed the three most common malfunctions for you.

Your dishwasher smells

When the drain pump, drain hose or water inlet is clogged, your dishwasher can start to smell. You’ll get an error message. Next, turn off the faucet, unplug the dishwasher, and you can clean all the elements. If you don’t do this, there’s a chance you’ll get a leak.

There is an electrical failure

Most technical malfunctions in a dishwasher can be fixed by restarting the program. The dishwasher agrees to return the settings to zero, which often fixes the problem.

Your dishwasher's water level is too low

A dishwasher needs enough water to rinse all your dishes clean. You can easily fix this by adding water manually or by checking that the water inlet is not plugged. For example, you may have a pan sitting in front of it or your pans may be standing upright, catching all the water in them. This is a clear example of a problem that cannot be solved with a simple reset.