How to reset my dishwasher

There are two ways to reset a dishwasher: a technical or user reset. Technical reset: Unplug the dishwasher and wait 30 seconds before plugging it in again. User reset: Press and hold the start/stop button for 30 seconds.

How to reset my dishwasher



Picture of Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

How to reset your dishwasher?

There are two ways to reset a dishwasher:

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 tap 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 behind the dishwasher?

Option 2: User Reset

This way of resetting your dishwasher is to hold down the on button for about 30 seconds. The drain pump will then immediately start draining the water, allowing you to start the program again.

Each brand of dishwasher has its own way of performing a user reset, so always refer to the user manual. Below you will read how to perform a user reset on the two most popular brands: a bosch dishwasher and a siemens dishwasher.

Resetting a Bosch dishwasher

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

Resetting a Siemens dishwasher

It works exactly the same with a Siemens dishwasher. Check the manual to see what the different error codes mean. Sometimes you need to call a technician to fix the problem, but sometimes cleaning the dishwasher because it is clogged up will do the trick.

All error messages have their own solution, so don’t just go pulling the plug or pushing any buttons at random, that can only make the problem worse.

Why should you reset your dishwasher?

The most common reason to restart your dishwasher is an error. Below, we’ve listed the three most common faults for you.

Your dishwasher stinks

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’s an electrical fault

Most technical faults with a dishwasher can be fixed by restarting the program. The dishwasher agrees to reset its settings back 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 blocked. For example, you may have a pan sitting in front of it or your pans may be upright, catching all the water in them. This is a clear example of a problem that cannot be solved with a simple reset.

Picture of Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

Our research