As with other home appliances, you need to reset your Bosch dishwasher because of a problem, or to make a cycle change or to cancel a chosen cycle. The easiest way to interrupt a chosen cycle on most models is to hold the On-Off button for at least 10 seconds. This should stop complete operation.
The buttons for a Bosch dishwasher may sit atop the dishwasher door or be on the front panel of the door, depending on the model you have.
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Changing the Cycle
- For model numbers that begin with SHI661, SHU33A, SHU43C, SHU53A, SHU66C, SHV46C, SHV66A, SHX33A, SHX46A, SHX46B, SHY56A, SHY66C, press the desired cycle button twice to change the cycle chosen to wash the dishes inside the
- For all other models, press the button once to change the cycle.
'Cancel Drain' Control Panels
Not all Bosch dishwashers require you to use the same cancel or reset buttons -- refer to your specific model's control panel or owner manual to determine which buttons cancel the cycle, effectively resetting it for use.
For other models look for the words Cancel Drain on the control panel with a dot placed under each button you must push simultaneously to cancel the cycle -- generally the buttons to the left and right of the middle button. Hold these two buttons down at the same time for about 3 seconds.
Pay attention to when the drain noise stops for the machine and the "Clean" light or LED indicates the cycle is complete. This resets the dishwasher completely by canceling the cycle you initially set for the dishwasher.
After the clean light indicates the cycle is reset, turn the dishwasher off.
Ascenta Model Reset
For Bosch Dishwasher Ascenta models, open the door to reset it. Hold the Start-Reset button for about 5 seconds or until the Active indicator turns off. Shut the door of the dishwasher to allow it to thoroughly drain before turning it off. When the dishwasher completes draining, it beeps to indicate that it is done.
For models that have a clock display, hold the combination Start-Reset button until the clock display changes to 0:00. Close the door of these models and wait until the clock reads 0:01 before pressing the On-Off button.
Child Lock Buttons
Deactivate the Child Lock button before resetting the unit on Ascenta models equipped with this feature, if necessary. If the Child Lock Feature is engaged, an LED beneath the words Child Lock on the control panel is lit. When the child lock is engaged, you cannot work any of the other buttons on the unit. Press and hold the "<" button to engage or disengage this feature. When disengaged, no LED light appears beneath the words.
If you open the door during the middle of a cycle to cancel, do so carefully, as hot water can eject from the unit, and burn or scald your skin.
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