How To Start A Bosch Dishwasher

Have you recently added a Bosch dishwasher to your home kitchen and wondered how to start the appliance? Or if the Bosch dishwashers heat their own water? We've researched these questions and found answers to share with you!

Firstly, open the dishwasher, select the cycle setting, and press the START button. Close the dishwasher, and look for a light to illuminate at the bottom of the door to indicate the dishwasher has started.

Are you ready to learn more about operating your Bosch dishwasher? Or how to run a diagnostic cycle? These are great questions. Please continue reading this article. We have well-researched answers to share with you!

How to start a Bosch dishwasher

Starting the Bosch dishwasher is easy. Simply do the following:

  1. Open the dishwasher door.
  2. Press the on/off button.
  3. Select the cycle.
  4. Press the start button and close the dishwasher's door.

 new Built-in Bosch OpenAssist SMV68MD02E dishwasher on display, at Robert Bosch exhibition pavilion showroom, stand at Global Innovations Show IFA

How do you choose a cycle on a Bosch dishwasher?

Select the most logical cycle for the type of cookware, level of filth, and sanitation requirements. For example, you made a pot roast for eight people, and you have several greasy plates and a few badly soiled pans. Load your dishwasher and select the heavy wash cycle.

Suppose you are unsure which cycle to select. Choosing the normal cycle is your best option because this cycle is considered an all-purpose dishwasher cycle.

Another great way to better understand your dishwasher's cycles is to read the user's manual or visit the manufacturer's website for further information.

How long should a Bosch dishwasher cycle run?

new Built-in Bosch OpenAssist SMV68MD02E dishwasher on display, at Robert Bosch exhibition pavilion showroom, stand at Global Innovations Show IFA

Generally, the Bosch dishwasher cycles run from 30 minutes to two hours or longer.

The washing cycle's duration varies based on which Bosch dishwasher you own, how soiled the dishes are, the wash cycle was selected, the detergent, the number of dishes, how the dishwasher was packed, and if you added additional functions like extra dry or sanitation.

How many times does a Bosch dishwasher drain during a cycle?

Bosch dishwashers drain automatically after each completed washing cycle. The dishwasher will automatically drain the dirty dishwater and bits of food particles through the draining hose into the garbage disposal then through the kitchen plumbing.

If your dishwasher is not draining automatically, something is clogging your appliance's draining hose or filter that needs to be cleared as soon as possible to restore the appliance's functionality.

Why is my bosch dishwasher not starting?

 inside Bosch showroom, silver inox Bosch Serie6 PerfectDry dishwashers 60cm on display, produced by BSH Home Appliances

There are several potential reasons why your dishwasher is not starting correctly. The most common reason for this issue is if the door is not shut or latched completely.

Bosch designed the dishwasher with several automatic safety precautions. One precaution is that the machine will not run unless the door is completely closed to prevent water damage in the kitchen.

To test if this is the issue, firmly close the door and press start. Suppose the appliance does not work. The doors' interior latch could be an issue. The internal sensors won't allow the wash cycles to start if the latch cannot close the door.

Bosch does not suggest repairing the latch at home. Instead, they recommend contacting an appliance technician to perform the repair.

Suppose the door was firmly closed and the dishwasher is connected to an active electrical source, and it still will not start. Check to see if the child lock feature is engaged. If the child lock feature is activated, the control panel will not respond to pressing the buttons.

The best option is to deactivate the child lock by pressing the lock button located on the control panel. Depending on the model, the button will either show a key or a padlock, which could be found in various places on the control panel.

Do Bosch dishwashers heat their own water?

Yes. The water flows from the kitchen's plumbing system into the dishwasher and a heating chamber housing small coils that heat the water. The heating chamber will heat the water to the temperature corresponding to the cycle selected.

The dishwasher's internal sensors will assess the fullness of the dishwasher, how soiled the dishes are, and adjust its washing methods. For example, the sensors will adjust the temperatures based on these findings to thoroughly wash and sanitize the dishes with energy and water conservation as a priority.

How do you run a diagnostic on a Bosch dishwasher?

new Built-in Bosch VarioScharnier SME68TX26E dishwasher on display, at Robert Bosch exhibition pavilion showroom, stand at Global Innovations Show IFA

Please note that running a diagnostic test on a Bosch dishwasher will not fix what is wrong with the appliance. Instead, it will run a normal wash cycle and report its findings by providing you with an error code to look up in your owner's manual.

Also, the method to access/start the diagnostic test for your Bosch dishwasher could vary based on the model.

Generally, to start a diagnostic test on a Bosch dishwasher. Begin with a clean and empty dishwasher. Open the door, and simultaneously hold the power scrub and regular button while pressing the start button.

Pressing the buttons together will trigger the diagnostic cycle to start. Depending on the model you own, a code will present itself on the control panel, or one of the buttons will illuminate, providing a diagnostic answer.

Another benefit of running a diagnostic test cycle on your Bosch dishwasher is that it provides you with a code to give to your appliance tech or the customer service representative if you need further professional assistance.

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What maintenance does a Bosch dishwasher need?

Bosch recommends a few maintenance protocols to ensure the dishwasher is functioning correctly. Firstly, plan to use the Bosch dishwasher cleaner a few times a year to remove grease residues and prevent the appliance from clogging with food debris.

Set one box of Bosch dishwasher cleaner on the bottom of the empty dishwasher and run the longest and hottest cycle to cleanse the dishwasher. For the best results, use this maintenance protocol once every four months.

Also, add a reminder to your Google calendar to ensure your dishwasher's maintenance protocols remain on schedule.


The descaling process is another essential maintenance procedure that removes hard water and lime buildup from the dishwasher's interior and the connecting pipes. Before starting the descaling process, make sure the dishwasher is empty.

  1.  Run the most extended and hottest wash cycle.
  2. After 30 minutes, place the descaler at the bottom of the dishwasher and allow it to finish the cycle.
  3. Run one wash cycle without any descaler or detergent with only plain water to thoroughly rinse the dishwasher.

How to clean the Bosch dishwasher filter

Cleaning the filter is relatively easy and does not require specific cleaners or tools.

  1. Remove the lower dish rack and sprayer arm to locate the mesh filter.
  2. Lift the " target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">mesh filter by grasping the plastic knob.
  3. Wash the filter in the kitchen sink with dish soap and hot water to remove all debris.
  4. Put the filter back to the bottom of the dishwasher, and put the sprayer arm and lower dish rack back in place.

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Safety considerations for operating a Bosch dishwasher

Use the following guide for running a Bosch dishwasher effectively and safely in your home kitchen.

  • Always place knives and other sharp items pointed downwards in the utensil basket.
  • Place glassware gently into the dishwasher, and don't crowd the glasses.
  • Avoid overloading the dishwasher—it will prevent the dishes from getting clean, and they could break or chip.
  • Wait until the dishwasher has cooled before removing the dishes.
  • Always close the door after loading or unloading to prevent accidental falls.
  • If you have small children, consider engaging the child safety lock.
  • Do not allow children or pets to play inside the dishwasher.
  • Store the dishwashing solutions away from children and pets.
  • Always follow the dishwasher owner's manual maintenance instructions.
  • Don't fill the dispenser cups until you are ready to run the appliance.
  • Do not mix dishwasher solutions with other cleaning products.
  • Not every dish can go in the dishwasher; read your labels.
  • Do not remove the labels from the dishwasher detergent bottles.

Wrapping up!

Thank you for reading our article. Today we discussed how to start the Bosch dishwasher. Also, we covered several other essential details about how Bosch dishwashers work and a few safety protocols to keep in mind.

Please, be sure to check out some of our other posts before you go to help further your Bosch dishwasher knowledge base:

Dishwasher Drain Hose Connector Too Big – What To Do?

Bosch Dishwasher Flashing Red Light – What To Do?

How Much Water Does A Bosch Dishwasher Use?

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