How to Repair a Bosch Front Load Washing Machine

Updated February 21, 2017

Bosch front-loading washers are designed for household use, and are suitable for machine washable fabrics. They also feature wash cycles specifically for woollen items marked "hand wash only." Bosch front loaders utilise water from the domestic cold drinking water supply. Any detergent and fabric care substance marked "suitable for machine use" can be added to a Bosch washer's dispenser drawer. The machines also feature variable spin speed controls. If your Bosch washer develops a problem, there are several troubleshooting measures you can try which may well solve the difficulty without the need to call in maintenance experts.

Check that your Bosch front loader's plug is fully inserted in the socket. If it is loose, it may not be making contact with your home's electricity supply.

Check the fuse board in your home. Study the fuse that applies to your Bosch washing machine to ensure it has not blown. If your home is equipped with a breaker box, ensure the relevant switch has not been tripped.

Ensure a power cut in your neighbourhood is not the cause of your washing machine failing to function. Switch on lights to check the supply is still operational.

Ensure you have pushed the "Start" button on the control panel.

Ensure the faucet to which the washing machine's fill hose is attached has been turned on.

Check the entire length of the infill hose to ensure there are no kinks or jams which could be hindering the flow of water.

Ensure each wash load is made up of both small and large items.

Check if the "Reduced Ironing" function has been inadvertently selected, as this will mean clothes are wetter after the spin cycle.

Look at the spin speed selected for the load to ensure it is high enough for the type of items being washed.

Ensure the wash drum is empty and the door fully closed.

Pour a normal measure of standard detergent into the main wash section of the detergent dispenser.

Select the "Cottons 90 Degrees Celsius" program and switch your washing machine on. This will thoroughly clean its interior.


Sort your washing into loads according to types of fabric and care instructions. Try to include varying sizes of items in each load. If you can't see water in your Bosch washing machine, don't panic. The water level for some programs is below the area visible from outside the appliance.


If simple troubleshooting measures fail to resolve your difficulty with your Bosch front loading washer, don't attempt any more detailed repairs yourself. Remove the plug from the socket, select "Off" on the program selector and call in the experts.

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Belfast-based Neil Greenlees was made redundant in March 2009 after working as a reporter for 26 years. For most of his career he was a senior journalist with ''The Ulster Star," a weekly newspaper covering the Lisburn and South Belfast areas. Greenlees holds the National Council for the Training of Journalists Pre-Entry Certificate.