How to Start your Bosch Dishwasher?

By Cory White
How to Start your Bosch Dishwasher?

Setting up your Bosch dishwasher for the first time can be exciting, but there are some things that you might overlook, and because of this, the dishwasher will not start up right away. So in this guide, we will show you how to start your Bosch dishwasher, the proper way.

Steps to Starting your Bosch Dishwasher

1. Loading the Dishes

Here are a few crucial steps to take when loading up dishes and ensuring that they get a thorough cleaning. 

So first off, place all of your dishes such that they face inwards and make sure that bowls are placed on their sides. This will ensure that there’s enough water flow to the bowl and that it will drain out of the bowl easily as well. 

There are a lot of similar tips and tricks, and you can check out this video to learn more about properly setting up the dishes inside a dishwasher.

2. Dispense the dishwashing detergent

When you’ve set up all the dirty dishes inside the racks, it’s time to add the dishwashing detergent into the dispenser. 

Open the door all the way and open up the lid in the soap dispenser. If it’s a vertical sliding lid, press down on the dark button or, if it’s a horizontal sliding lid, press on the blue circular piece. This releases the dispenser lid and opens up the container.

Fill up to the 15mg level for half load and 25 mg level for full loads.

3. Power up and select the cycle

So after you’ve added the detergent into the dispenser, it’s time to power up the dishwasher.

First, you have to power it up using the Power button, labeled “On/Off.” After that, you can see the display light up with the “Auto” cycle mode highlighted automatically. If you don’t like the “Auto” mode, then you have the option to select a variety of cycle modes depending on your situation. These cycles range from “Heavy” to “Eco.”

4. Additional sanitizer

Speaking of different cycle modes, when setting up the Bosch dishwasher for a load, you have the option to customize “Extra dry” and “Sanitize” options. 

During the final rinse cycle, when the “Extra dry” option is enabled, the temperature is increased so that the dishes will have perfectly dried up.

In the “Sanitize” option, the dishes get dried even longer at a higher temperature. It adds an extra layer of precaution if you are worried about bacteria.

5. Start or delay start

The final step is to start the cycle. Now before you do, there is another optional feature. The “Start in/Add hour” function allows you to delay the dishwasher. 

So if you want your dishwasher to start after midnight or a couple of hours after you’ve set it up, you can do so by pressing the button labeled “Start in/Delay.” After you’ve set up this delay option, you can then go ahead and press the “start” button.

Reasons the Bosch dishwasher door won’t open

1. Power Is Not Turned On

There can be several reasons why the dishwasher door won’t open. One of these reasons is the dishwasher not getting any power. 

So press the “On/Off” button to see if the display or any buttons light up. If not, check the power chord and plug it into the wall socket. If your dishwasher is hardwired, check the breaker assigned to the dishwasher and close the switch. 

If even then, it won’t switch on, then you’ve got a problem with the power chord or the dishwasher controller. In that case, we recommend you seek professional help, especially if you are not skilled in dealing with electrical components. 

2. Dishwasher Door Isn’t Latched

If the dishwasher turns on fine, but you still can’t get the door to open, then there’s something wrong with the latch. More specifically, it could be the case that the dishwasher door is not latching on properly. 

The door latch might be broken and because of this, the door will get stuck whenever you try to open it. Therefore, the door latch will need to be replaced or readjusted.


So if you don’t have the proper tools and the know-how to pry open the door yourself, we suggest you seek out the help of a professional. They will be able to open the door and fix the latch without damaging it. 

3. Problem With Dishwasher Cycle Settings

For safety reasons, it is not recommended that you open the Bosch dishwasher when it is running during a cycle. However, most models will pause the cycle and allow you to briefly open the dishwasher.

However, in our situation, the dishwasher might run into a glitch where it runs continuously without stopping, and when this happens, it will not allow you to open the door. 

To fix this problem, we recommend resetting the dishwasher. Press on the “Start” button for 3 to 5 seconds until the display resets itself. Keep the door closed and give it an extra minute or so to let everything revert to normal. 

4. Inadequate Water Supply

Another situation where the dishwasher door won’t open is because of a cycle interruption, sometimes caused by a lack of water supply into the dishwasher. When there’s not enough water coming into the dishwasher, it will indicate an “E15” error. 

When you are facing this error, you will have to check the water supply line. Make sure that the supply is not turned off and that there are no sharp bends in the hose. If so, it’s best to turn off the power to the dishwasher, turn off the water supply for that section and reinstall the hose after clearing out any obstructions or sharp bends. 

5. Broken Bosch Dishwasher Parts

Appliance repairman works on broken dishwasher

So if there are no error codes, you’ve reset the dishwasher a couple of times and, you still cannot open the door of the dishwasher, then the culprit is probably a broken part.

First off, make sure that the child lock is not engaged. You can easily figure this out as the controls will not be working and, the display will show “CL” every time you press a random button. 

If the child lock is not the issue, we recommend you inspect the door for any signs of damage, specifically around the hinges and latch.

6. Seeking professional help

Finally, if all else fails and you’ve no idea how to proceed, it’s best to get a professional involved. A skilled technician/professional will be able to pry open the door without damaging anything and figure out the root cause of the problem.

Male Technician Fixing Dishwasher

We realize that DIY is always the preferred option, but everybody is not on the same skill level when it comes to DIY. Sometimes they won’t have the time or the necessary tools. So whenever you feel overwhelmed, it’s best to seek out professional help, and depending on the situation, it could save you a lot of time and effort.


When you are getting started with your Bosch dishwasher, it’s essential to know how to set everything up. There are a lot of resources that will teach you how to start up your Bosch dishwasher properly and, we suggest that you read these instructions thoroughly before you start using the Bosch dishwasher. 


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