Dishwashers are a modern kitchen staple, allowing you to save water and time. As helpful as they are, you may have had some complications. Luckily, your Bosch dishwasher will tell you precisely what is wrong. If you are receiving an error message, this article will guide you through how to clear it.
You can easily clear error messages on your dishwasher by resetting it. This is done by holding the start button for three seconds until it reboots. If that does not work, you can reset it manually by unplugging the dishwasher and then plugging it back in. If the error code persists, you will need to perform maintenance or get the appliance repaired.
There may be times where your dishwasher stops working and does not display any error codes. If this is a problem that you are in, we have the solution. Dishwashers are simple but can develop a few problems over time. Keep reading for everything you'll need to know about your dishwasher's errors and how to clear them.
What are error codes on a Bosch dishwasher?
Simply put, error codes are a message that pops up on your control panel. They alert you to any problems that are happening within your dishwasher.
The codes will always start with "E," followed by a two-digit number. These codes indicate problems ranging from electrical issues to clogged filters.
Although error codes indicate an issue, it is not always a necessity to call someone for repairs. Depending on the malfunction, you could easily solve the problem on your own.
There are many possible error codes you may receive, and we will go over a few common ones.
If your control panel flashes an E15 error code, that means there is water in the base trough. That means that there is still water in the bottom of your dishwasher, and it is engaging the leak protection system.
First, you will need to disconnect the dishwasher from its power source. After that, you will need to drain the water and allow the dishwasher to dry with the door open.
To drain the water from your dishwasher, tilt it at a forty-five-degree angle.
After drainage, the error code should disappear; if it does not, there may be an issue with your leakage sensor. You will need to have it replaced in that case. The following video demonstrates how to drain your dishwasher:
Next, the E22 error means that your dishwasher filter is blocked. This is caused by food from your dishes, which is why filters should be cleaned regularly. The filter is located on the bottom of the dishwasher under the wire rack.
Once the filter is removed, you will need to clean it with warm, soapy water. You can use a soft bristle brush to make sure you are getting everything out of the mesh. This video shows you how to access and remove your filter for cleaning:
How you treat dishes before loading your dishwasher will determine how often you need to clean your filter. If you rinse your dishes before loading, you should clean your filter every two to four months.
If you only scrape dishes before loading, you will need to clean the filter every month to every three months.
An E24 error means that your dishwasher is not draining properly. There are three possible fixes for this error. First, you should check that the filter is not clogged. If that is not the issue, you will need to look at the pumps and hoses in the machine.
The drain pump cover can become loose, making it unable to pump water out. The pump is located under the filter; you can double-check that the lid is on securely once located.
If the pump lid is closed, your last step is to check the inlet and drain hoses in the back of the machine. Food can become clogged in drain hoses, preventing it from draining.
This can get a little tricky if you are not familiar with your drainage system, but this video will show you how to perform these checks:
Lastly, we will cover the E25 error, which means that there is a drain pump problem. You may have something clogging the pump, blocking the impeller, or the pump cover is loose or missing.
This error code is closely related to E25 because it also causes drainage issues.
Once you remove the filter and gain access to the water pump, there will be a small latch in place over the impeller. You can use a spoon to pry off the small latch to get to the impeller.
This part should spin freely. However, if debris is lodged inside, it will not be able to turn.
On the off chance that you cannot get the impeller spinning, you will need to disassemble the dishwasher to get a closer look at the drain pump. It may need to be replaced altogether.
This is not a beginner task; if you are not familiar with your dishwasher, you should call for repairs.
The following video shows the first steps you should take if you get an E25 code:
If you are comfortable performing your own repairs, you may want to replace the drain pump yourself. Here is how a water pump is replaced:
What if I have a different error?
There are many error codes you can get on your dishwasher. If you are given an error code that was not discussed, there are a few solutions. First, if it is available, you can consult your owner's manual, which will show all error codes.
If you don't have a copy, you can look up the manual on the Bosch official site. Lastly, you can contact Bosch customer support, and they will assist you.
You can also ask them about getting repairs if needed. If your dishes are not drying, read our article on what to do if your Bosch dishwasher is not drying dishes.
How do you reset the control panel on a Bosch dishwasher?
After you perform your troubleshooting and repairs, there is a chance that your control panel will still display the error code. To reset it, you must hold the start button down for three seconds. The display will go blank and then turn back on.
Alternatively, you can disconnect it from the power source for a minute or so and then reconnect. If you are still getting an error code after resetting, you could have an issue with your sensors. In that case, contact Bosch for support or repairs.
How do I put my Bosch dishwasher in diagnostic mode?
There will be instances when you need to use diagnostic mode. You use this mode if you experience problems and no error code appears.
To initiate it, press and hold the "power scrub plus" and "regular wash" buttons simultaneously. Depending on your model, you may use the "wash" and "eco" buttons instead.
Lastly, press the power button, and it will run a test cycle to determine the error. Once the test cycle is complete, it will show the proper error code. If there was no error detected, it will display "0".
If no error is found and you continue to have problems, contact Bosch customer service for further advice.
What does the red light on a Bosch dishwasher mean?
If you see a solid red light on your control panel, that simply means that the dishwasher is running. Some dishwasher models are so quiet that an indicator light is needed to tell you that it is on.
When the washing is complete, a green light should appear.
If your dishwasher is not starting, you may see a blinking red light. A blinking light means that the door is not closed completely. It should start up with no problem after the door is locked in place.
Dishwashers are such a helpful appliance, but they require proper maintenance. It is essential to routinely clean your dishwasher to prevent as many malfunctions as you can.
For guidance on cleaning, check out our guide on how to clean a Bosch dishwasher. Taking a few extra steps after regular use can keep your dishwasher fresh.
After the washing cycle, it is still extremely hot inside the dishwasher, so you do not want to close it immediately. Leave the door open to dry the space and prevent mold growth.
Also, you can avoid clogging by getting off as much debris from dishes as possible before loading them into the dishwasher.