How to Reset Bosch Washing Machine (Step-By-Step Guide)

You might need to reset your Bosch washing machine for various reasons, including power surges, sensor issues, or an unbalanced load. 

I have a Bosch washing machine Serie 6 and have been forced to perform a reset from time to time, and today, I’ll walk you through the process. 

How to Reset a Bosch Washing Machine

For a hard reset, simply unplug your Bosch washing machine from the mains power, then press and hold the on/off button for 5-10 seconds. 

If you want to try a soft reset, the method varies by model, with the most popular options listed below. If you can’t find your model here, check for the instructions in your owner’s manual. 

Bosch Washing Machine AXXIS Series

  1. Turn the dial to ‘off’
  2. Press and hold ‘spin’ and ‘rinse plus’ while turning the dial to any wash cycle
  3. Release the buttons and wait for it to reset

Bosch Washing Machine CLASSIXX 3, 4, 5

  1. Turn the dial to the off position  
  2. Close the washing machine door
  3. Press and hold the start/reload button while turning the dial counter-clockwise (left) two clicks – keep the button pressed for 2-5 seconds
  4. The screen will change to a time, or LED lights will blink to indicate the reset was successful

Bosch Washing Machine CLASSIXX 6, 7, 8

  1. Turn the dial to off
  2. Close the washing machine door
  3. Turn the dial to spin, then press down the drum speed button for 3 seconds
  4. Turn the dial one click clockwise while still pressing the spin button
  5. Keep the spin button pressed in for another 3 seconds
  6. The display will light up, or the LED lights will flash to indicate the reset was successful

Bosch Washing Machine LOGIXX Series

  1. Turn the machine on
  2. Turn the dial to spin
  3. Find the left arrow button, then press and hold for 3 seconds, then (while still pressing) turn the dial one click counter-clockwise (left) to drain
  4. Release the buttons and turn the dial to the off position

Bosch Washing Machine MAXX 6, 7, 8

  1. Turn the dial to the off position
  2. Close the washing machine door
  3. Press and hold the start/reload button as you turn the dial counter-clockwise (left) one click 
  4. The display will light up, or LED lights will flash to indicate the reset was successful

Bosch Washing Machine NEXXT Series

  1. Turn the dial to ‘off’
  2. Press and hold ‘spin speed’ and ‘options’ while turning the dial to any wash option
  3. Release the buttons and wait for it to reset

Bosch Washing Machine SERIE 4, 6, 8

  1. Turn the dial to off
  2. Close the washing machine door
  3. Turn the dial to spin
  4. Push the spin button
  5. Turn the dial one click clockwise while still pressing the spin button
Bosch washing machine
A picture of my Bosch washing machine Serie 6

When to Reset Bosch Washing Machine

There are a few scenarios in which you should try to reset your Bosch washer instead of calling a repairman to diagnose and fix the issue. 

Performing a reset can be a quick and easy solution to many common issues that cause it to malfunction. 

If it is just experiencing a glitch, clog, unbalanced load, or power issue, resetting the machine can get it running normally. 

However, it is important to note that a recurring issue will have to be investigated to address the underlying cause. 

Continually forcing the machine to reset may do more damage in the long run and could result in a more expensive fix or complete replacement of the machine. 

The Machine Stops Mid-Cycle

If your washing machine has stopped midway through a cycle, the first thing to check is the power supply. 

If the plug has vibrated loose or the power supply has been interrupted, plug it back in and perform a reset if needed. 

The Drum is Full of Water or Won’t Drain Completely

A clogged filter or blocked hose is usually the main culprit for a washing machine not draining properly. You may have to manually drain it, clean out the filter, and perform a reset to get things back up and running. 

The Machine is Not Spinning Correctly

A washing machine will not spin properly when it is too full or if the machine is unbalanced. 

Sometimes rearranging the laundry and resetting the machine will rectify the issue, but if it persists, look out a spirit level and adjust the leveling feet on the bottom of the machine.

If this does not correct the issue, it could also be because the lid switch/sensor thinks the door is open, and it will prevent the machine from working. Cleaning out the sensor or lid switch can have it functioning properly in no time. 

An Error Code is Appearing

Certain error codes indicate minor issues and can be cleared from the control panel with a quick reset. 

If the code is recurring, you may have to delve into the underlying reason and fix the root cause. It can be a simple fix, like a clogged filter, so don’t be too worried!

The Control Panel is Blank

A glitch in the system can cause the display to appear blank. Resetting your Bosch washer could quickly resolve this issue, but if it doesn’t, you may have a burnt-out fuse. 

Replacing the old fuse with a new one is another easy DIY fix to get the screen display to work. 

A Clogged Filter, Pump, Hose, or Detergent Dispenser

Many people don’t know that filters, pumps, hoses, and detergents need to be cleaned as frequently as they do. 

Something breaking may be the only time that people decide to clean out these parts on their washing machines.

If you have experienced a washer failure due to a clogged or dirty part, a reset can get it running again once the part is cleaned out. Once you’ve fixed it, remember to clean these components every 3-6 months to stop it from happening again.

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