How to Reset an Indesit Washer (Step-by-Step Guide)

Indesit machines are usually blissfully simple to operate. However, unfortunately, their reset mechanisms are not exactly self-explanatory.

To save you some time hunting out your user guide, Here are three ways to reset an Indesit washing machine.

I’ve also included a maintenance checklist that will help you minimize the need for repair and increase the lifespan of your machine.

Is There a Reset Button on an Indesit Washing Machine?

Indesit washing machines generally don’t have a reset button. However, you can reset by using a combination of different buttons instead or using a hard reset method.

Resetting an Indesit washing machine

How to Reset an Indesit Washing Machine

Unplug the machine, press the ON/OFF button, set the timer control to ‘0’, then plug your washing machine back in and the lights on the machine should illuminate. Press the ON/OFF button again, select the program you want, and press ON/OFF again.

Option 2 – Quick Reset

On some models, you can do a quick reset by pressing the ‘cancel’ button to clear an error, then press and hold the pause/stop button for 2-3 seconds to reset.

Option 3 – Hard Reset

If the above options don’t work, try turning your machine off at the mains power for 5-10 minutes before turning it back on. This type of hard reset works with most appliances.

However, it will clear any error codes before you get a chance to see what they are – which might cause more problems later on if you have not fixed the source of the problem.

Reasons for Resetting an Indesit Washing Machine

There are a few scenarios where you should try to reset your Indesit washing machine instead of calling a repairman to diagnose and fix the problem. 

Here are some reasons for resetting your Indesit washing machine:

Water Leaks

Whether you’ve noticed the leak or error code first, all this essentially means is there’s water or moisture somewhere it shouldn’t be… OR the moisture sensor is broken and sending off faulty signals.

You can fix this by tightening up any loose hoses or connections and checking that they’re all free-flowing, with no kinks or obvious blockages.

Machine Isn’t Draining

If your machine is stuck full of water and won’t drain (error code F05) – you might be looking to reset it. However, this usually means there’s either a blockage somewhere or a kink in the drainage hose so a reset alone won’t help.

The most common problem and easiest fix is with the filter – especially if you wear PPE masks, hair bobbles, or trainer socks as these are the most common culprits in my house.

You’ll need to look out 3-4 large towels to prevent a minor flood as when you remove the filter, you’re also going to release all the water from the machine.

Water Can’t Get In

If your machine is throwing an error near the start of the cycle, it’s likely because it can’t get the water in to fill up the machine. This is most common if you’ve just plugged in the appliance or if you’re experiencing low water pressure due to a burst pipe in the area.

If your appliance has been plugged in and worked before, check there’s not something wrong with the water in the rest of your house – just run a cold water tap and see whether the pressure is what you think is normal.

If the tap is dry or trickling, it’s likely a problem with the local water supply than the machine. Wait until the supply is back to normal, then try starting the washing machine again after you’ve reset the machine.

If your appliance is new, double-check all the supply hoses, make sure hot-hot and cold-cold lines match up where needed, that there are no kinks in the lines, and that all the water valves are open.

Jammed Buttons or Door Lock

If you’ve got an older appliance or kids with sticky fingers, one of the buttons on your washer might be stuck in / jammed / constantly depressed, or you might not be able to get the door open (error F06).

In some cases, it can be quite a quick fix for this one – turn the machine off, then give the buttons a good clean. Press them individually until you find the stuck one, then give that some extra attention. A small cocktail stick or interdental brush might help you release it if it’s proving tricky.

If the door is stuck, try resetting the machine and then leaving it powered off for 5 minutes before opening. Beware that if the machine hasn’t drained, it’s likely to leak everywhere so have plenty of towels to hand just in case. If the door still won’t open – you’ll need to call in an appliance technician to help.

Unbalanced Load / Excess Wobbling or Movement Across the Floor

If the machine has started ‘walking’ across the floor, is showing an error code, or is vibrating more than usual, it’s likely the load is somehow unbalanced; it might be that some heavy items have become tangled, or maybe you’ve just put one too many jumpers in.

Try to untangle and rearrange the load if you can so that it’s more balanced, then restart the machine. If this doesn’t work, remove a few items and try again.

Washing Machine Maintenance Checklist

General Tips:

  1. Make sure to only use as much detergent as you need – overdoing it can lead you to need more maintenance than you otherwise would and clog up the machine.
  2. Don’t overload the machine. Each machine will have a maximum capacity, usually 6-10kg, and putting too much in can damage the appliance. 

After Each Load:

  1. Leave the machine door/lid open when you’re not using it. This helps to keep your machine fresh and odor-free. 


  1. Clean out the filter at least once a month; it’s usually in the agitator if you have a top-load, or behind a panel on the bottom of the front if it’s a front-load machine.
  2. Run a cleaning cycle, sometimes referred to as a maintenance wash. Detergent, dirt, softener, and bacteria can build up in your machine – so it’s important to run a cleaning cycle regularly, and clean out your door seal and detergent drawer at the same time.


  1. Check that your machine has enough space around it, ideally at least 3-4 inches between the back of the machine and the wall will help prevent damage to the fill and drainage hoses.
  2. Check the hoses, and make sure there are no obvious leaks, damage, or deterioration. Generally, these should be replaced every 3-5 years as part of routine maintenance.
  3. Check that the machine is level and balanced. If your machine is excessively vibrating or knocking against walls, check the feet underneath and adjust as necessary. You can use a spirit level to check, both side to side and front to back – this is easier with a helper!

To Wrap Up

While Indesit washing machines aren’t the easiest to reset, you shouldn’t have to do it too often provided you can locate the source of the problem and keep up with your routine maintenance.

You don’t need to do everything every week, but keeping on top of this will increase the lifespan of your machine – and it’s always easier to prevent a problem than fix it.

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