How To Reset A Bosch Washing Machine

With everyone leading such busy lives in this modern world, we all rely on our washing machines more and more. For the most part the washer is loaded, detergent added, cycle selected and start button pressed.

We then walk away and forget about the washing until the washer has completed the cycle. Which makes it more important than ever to know what to do if the appliance displays an error code or stops working.

Here at CheckAppliance we often advise washing machine owners to reset their appliances in order to remove an error code and get the washer running properly again. In this article we focus on Bosch washing machines and show the best way to reset various Bosch washing machine models.

If you own a Bosch washing machine and you need to perform a reset on it, keep reading.

Why Does My Bosch Washer Need A Reset?

laundry room with pile of clothes

Bosch washing machines have a self-diagnosis system which checks on how the appliance is running and reports any errors it finds. These are displayed as error codes that need to be dealt with to keep the washer running at its optimum best.

The problem is, you can’t just remove this error code from the display screen, even once the error has been dealt with. You have to fix the error and then follow a certain route or scheme to reset the Bosch washing machine.

Once the procedure has been successfully performed, you will be able to use your Bosch washing machine as normal. In some cases, the washer throws up an error code even when there’s no actual error to be found. This is usually caused by an electrical power surge or software glitch.

However, the same rules apply, the error code won’t disappear from the display screen until you have performed a reset. Keep reading to find out exactly how to reset your model.

How To Perform A Hard Reset On A Bosch Washing Machine

For all Bosch washing machines, a hard reset can be performed to remove an error code from the display screen. This is an easy process, all you need to do is;

  1. Disconnect the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes, this allows any residual power to discharge
  2. Press and hold the on/off button for 5 to 10 seconds
  3. Reconnect the power supply and turn the washer on

That’s it your Bosch washing machine should now be successfully reset.

How To Perform A Soft Reset On A Bosch Washing Machine

bosch washing machine in a kitchen

If you want to try to perform a soft reset on your Bosch washing machine, the method varies from model to model. You should consult your washer’s user manual for full details.

In the absence of a user manual, I have listed the method for performing a soft reset for the more popular models below;

Bosch Washing Machine AXXIS Series

To reset a washing machine in the Bosch AXXIS series all you need to do is;

  1. Turn the dial to the off position
  2. Press and hold the spin and rinse plus buttons whilst turning the dial to any wash cycle
  3. Release the buttons and the washer should reset

Bosch Washing Machine LOGIXX Series

To reset a washing machine in the Bosch LOGIXX series, all you need to do is;

  1. Turn the washer on
  2. Turn the dial to spin
  3. Press and hold the left arrow button for 3 to 5 seconds whilst simultaneously turning the dial to drain (1 click anti-clockwise)
  4. Release the buttons and turn the dial to the off position

Bosch Washing Machine CLASSIXX 3, 4, 5

The procedure to reset a washer in the Bosch CLASSIXX series, depends on the number, to reset a Bosch CLASSIXX 3,4 or 5 all you do is;

  1. Open The Washer’s Door
  2. Turn the dial to the off position
  3. Close the washing machine door
  4. Press and hold the start/reload button for 3 to 5 seconds
  5. At the same time, turn the dial 2 clicks anti-clockwise
  6. Wait until the screen changes to a time or the LED lights blink this indicates that the reset has been successful

Bosch Washing Machine CLASSIXX 6, 7, 8

For Bosch CLASSIXX 6,7 or 8 models all you need to do is;

  1. Open the washer’s door
  2. Turn the dial to the off position
  3. Close the washing machine door
  4. Turn the dial to the spin position
  5. Then press and hold the drum speed button for 3 to 5 seconds
  6. At the same time, turn the dial 1 click clockwise
  7. Hold the spin button for a further 3 seconds
  8. The display will illuminate or the LED lights will flash to indicate that the reset was successful

Bosch Washing Machine NEXXT Series

To reset a Bosch washing machine from the NEXXT series all you need to do is;

  1. Turn the dial to the off position
  2. Press and hold the spin speed and the options buttons for 3 to 5 seconds
  3. At the same time, turn the dial to any wash option
  4. Release the buttons and wait for the washer to reset

Bosch Washing Machine MAXX 6, 7, 8

To reset a Bosch MAXX 6,7 or 8 washing machine all you need to do is;

  1. Open the washer door
  2. Turn the dial to the off position
  3. Close the washing machine door
  4. Press and hold the start/reload button for 3 to 5 seconds
  5. At the same time, turn the dial 1 click anti-clockwise
  6. The display will illuminate or the LED lights will flash to indicate that the reset was successful

Bosch Washing Machine SERIE 4, 6, 8

To reset Bosch washing machines SERIE 4,6 or 8, all you need to do is;

  1. Open the washer door
  2. Turn the dial to the off position
  3. Close the washing machine door
  4. Turn the dial to the spin position
  5. Push the spin button
  6. At the same time, turn the dial 1 click in a clockwise direction

When Is It Necessary To Reset A Bosch Washing Machine?

person looking at washing machine

There are several occasions when you should try to reset your Bosch washing machine rather than contact a repairer to diagnose and solve this issue. Performing a reset can be a fast and easy remedy for many common washing machine problems.

In many cases, the problem and subsequent error code are caused by a simple power surge or software glitch. In some cases, it can be something as simple as an unbalanced load that has caused the error code to be displayed and stopped your appliance from working.

Having said that, it’s important to note that sometimes, your Bosch washing machine has diagnosed a real problem which will need to be fixed. Constantly resetting the appliance can cause a more serious issue which will take longer and be more expensive to fix.

Sometimes by ignoring the error code and continuously performing reset after reset, the damage becomes so severe that you will need to replace the washing machine. Had you acted on getting the fault fixed when the error code first appeared, it might have had an easy to solve fix.

The longer you leave any electrical or mechanical problem on a washing machine, the more serious it is likely to become. If your Bosch washing machine isn’t performing as it should, or stops working altogether and displays an error code, you might have to perform a reset to get the wet laundry from the drum.

Bosch Washing Machine Stops Mid-Cycle

If your Bosch washer has stopped mid-cycle you should check the power supply first. It is possible that the plug has been pulled slightly out of the wall socket by the vibrations of the appliance.

If this is the case, all you will need to do is ensure the plug is fully inserted into the socket. However, you will almost certainly need to perform a reset to get the appliance working again.

Bosch Washing Machine Fails To Drain Properly

If your Bosch washing machine fails to drain properly it will most likely be caused by a clogged filter or a twisted, kinked or blocked drain hose. 

Blocked Filter

Washing Machine Filter

In this case, you will need to manually drain the machine by placing a container under the filter housing and slowly unscrewing the filter to allow the water to flow into the container.

Once the container is full, you will need to tighten the filter back in place, empty the container and repeat until the drum is free from water. Then you will need to clean the filter to remove any debris that could be causing the blockage.

Once the filter is clean and has been replaced into its housing and screwed in securely, the washer should function as normal. However, you might need to perform a reset to clear any fault codes.

Drain Hose Issues

washing machine drain hose

You can inspect the drain hose and straighten any twists or kinks, if this doesn’t solve the issue, you might need to disconnect the drain hose and run a plumber’s snake through the hose to remove any blockages.

Once the drain hose is free from any twists, kinks or blockages, the machine should work as normal. However, you might need to perform a reset to clear any error codes before the machine will function.

The Drum Will Not Spin Correctly

washing machine drum

The most common cause of a washer’s drum that won’t spin correctly is an unbalanced load or an overloaded drum. If this is the case, all that’s usually needed is to remove some of the laundry or rearrange the load so that it’s more level.

You will then probably need to perform a reset to get the washer working properly again. In other cases, the washer isn’t set on a level floor. This will entail using a spirit level and adjusting the feet accordingly.

Once the appliance has been leveled properly, you might need to perform a reset to clear any error code and get it working properly again.

The Drum Doesn’t Spin At All

If the drum won’t spin at all it’s often caused by the door not being shut properly or the sensor thinking that the door isn’t shut correctly. Check that the door is fully closed and if that doesn’t solve the issue, you will need to check the door lock and sensor for continuity using a multimeter.

If either part fails the continuity test, they will need to be replaced. After solving this issue, you might need to perform a reset to get the washer running properly again.

Bosch Washing Machine Displays An Error Code

Depending on the nature of the error code, many can be cleared temporarily simply by performing a reset. The washer should then work normally again.

However, if the error code keeps reappearing, it will need to be dealt with. Otherwise it could lead to a serious problem. Having said that, in many cases the fix is quite simple (like a blocked filter for example). Once the problem has been dealt with, performing a reset will often get the appliance up and running properly again.

How To Help Prevent Bosch Washing Machines From Displaying Error Codes

Control panel of washing machine

As my old granny used to say, “prevention is better than cure” and that’s certainly true of washing machines. There are a few things you can do to prevent your Bosch washing machine from displaying too many error codes. These include;

  • Never overload or underload the drum, it is recommended that you load the drum with no less than ½ and no more than ¾ of the full weight capacity
  • Run a hot service wash every month
  • Ensure the filter and detergent dispenser drawer are cleaned every two months
  • Only ever use the recommended detergent for your Bosch washing machine and in the correct quantity
  • Regularly check the condition and position of the inlet and drain hoses to ensure they are not twisted or kinked

SEE ALSO: What Is The DrumClean Cycle? (Bosch Washing Machines)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a reset button on my Bosch washing machine?

Many Bosch washing machines don’t have a reset button but that doesn’t mean they cannot be reset. In many cases, disconnecting the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes and then pressing and holding the on/off button for 5 to 10 seconds before turning the power supply back on is all that’s needed to reset your appliance.

Why is my Bosch washing machine beeping and not starting?

If your Bosch washing machine is beeping but won’t start, it’s probably because you have held the start button for too long. If the button is pressed and held for too long, the machine will make a beeping sound and prevent the washer from starting. This is a safety feature designed to prevent the appliance from being started due to accidental contact with the start button.

How do I remove the child lock from my Bosch washing machine?

To remove the child lock from your Bosch washing machine all you need to do is press and hold the start button for 3 to 5 seconds or until you see the CL disappear from the display screen.

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