How to Reset a Bosch Refrigerator In 4 Easy Steps

When your fridge is on the fritz, you need a surefire way to get it back into gear. In this article, you’ll find 4 simple ways to reset your Bosch refrigerator and get it working again. Let’s get started. 

You can reset your Bosch refrigerator by unplugging it and waiting 30 seconds. You can also press and hold “power freeze” and “power cool” or find the reset button amongst the settings.

Are you ready to get your refrigerator back in working order? Then take a look at the tips below that will help you reset any Bosch fridge in a jiffy.

Finding Refrigerator Reset Instructions

When you’re trying to troubleshoot an appliance, your first step should be to consult the user manual.

Don’t have one? No worries! You can find it online – I’ll show you how.

As much as I’d like to, I can’t provide one set of instructions for every type of Bosch refrigerator. The quickest and easiest way to reset your fridge is to find the specific instructions for your model. Even among appliances made by a single manufacturer, there can be big differences. Two fridges both made by Bosch could have completely different reset rules. 

So, what should you do? Here is a foolproof tip that will help you to find the right instructions for resetting your Bosch thermostat. 

In an internet search engine, type the following:

“Bosch [model] Refrigerator Manual PDF”. 

Here’s an example of what you should type:

Bosch B30IB800SP Refrigerator Manual PDF.

Typing this into a search engine helped me to find this user manual for a Bosch fridge freezer. Inside the manual, I found more details on how to reset this particular model.

Alternatively, you can find your user manual on the Bosch website. Use this owner manual search tool to find yours. 

Once you’ve found your manual online, you can skip right to the troubleshooting section for safe reset instructions.

Don’t know your model number? No worries! Coming up in the next section of this article are some general reset methods that cover most fridges.

4 Tips for Resetting Any Bosch Refrigerator

There are a few things you can try to reset your fridge. Most smart fridges have a few standard reset methods that can be used on any make or model.

Tip #1 Software Reset

For modern fridges with more complicated software, you can perform a full reset by going into the appropriate settings menu and telling the fridge to reset. This can vary exactly by model, so check your manual (and use the instructions above to find your manual online, if you don’t have the physical copy to hand).

Most of the time, the reset option for a Bosch fridge can be found in Settings -> About -> Reset.

Tip #2 Press and Hold Buttons

Holding the “power freeze” and “power cool” buttons and the same time for five seconds works on most Bosch models. These two buttons appear on most Bosch refrigerators. Holding both of them at the same time for several seconds will usually reset the fridge.

Some fridges also have reset switches. Check on top of the fridge door for a small panel that can flip up. Underneath, there will be a button or a switch labeled “reset.” Pressing or flipping this switch will reset fridges with the feature. 

You may also find the reset button on the front panel of the fridge. You may see it next to other programs such as the ice maker and the water dispenser. If nothing happens when you hit reset then you can move on to the next step.

Tip #3 Check for Error Codes

If holding the two buttons doesn’t work, then it’s time to look for specific problems. Check the display for error codes. If there’s an error code, you can look it up to find the right way to reset the fridge.

Smart fridges are able to self-diagnose their problems in most cases. If you’re seeing an error code, you can check the problem at Bosch’s error code database. Here you will find a list of the most common Bosch error codes. You’ll also see some handy instructions that will help you fix the problems. 

There are two common error codes that you may see on your Bosch refrigerator. They are E02 and E03. If your refrigerator displays the error code E02 then there is a problem with the ice maker. You should reset the power to the breaker for 30 seconds to fix this problem. 

If your refrigerator displays an E03 error code, there is an issue with the dispenser user interface. To fix this problem, you should reset the power to the breaker for 30 seconds. 

woman with ice maker
An E02 error code could indicate an ice maker fault.

Tip #4 Hard Reset

If there’s one thing that works across just about every technology, it’s the hard reset. Just about everything with a computer chip inside can benefit from some time turned off. That’s the case for fridges too.

A hard reset will fix just about everything a soft reset can. Just be careful, because this can sometimes erase your settings. 

Here’s how you can perform a hard reset on your Bosch refrigerator:

  1. Turn off the fridge. If there’s a power button inside the fridge, press and hold it until the lights turn off.
  2. Unplug the fridge. Reach behind the unit and remove the plug from the wall. Cutting off its electrical supply helps stop any glitches that might escape turning the unit off.
  3. Wait at least ten minutes. If the fridge is having trouble cooling, waiting for a while can help the motors cool down.
  4. Plug the fridge back in and turn it back on. Your fridge should now be back in working order!

*TIP: If you cannot reach behind the fridge to unplug it, turn it off at the circuit breaker. Leave the circuit breaker off for at least 10 minutes before attempting to turn it back on again. This method will also reset the fridge.

Wall Plug Socket
Unplug the fridge to reset it.

After the Reset

In most cases, one of these reset methods will do the trick, and your problem will be solved. Even so, it’s important to double-check that everything is now operating as it should.

Once your fridge is running again, pay attention to it for the next few days. Make sure that the fridge is running normally, without any weird temperature fluctuations or error messages. If everything seems to be ok, you’re all set.

Why Do Refrigerators Need a Reset?

Everything with a computer chip in it is vulnerable to computer bugs. The smarter your fridge, the more parts it has that can freeze up.

Sometimes, programs can get caught in a loop. If a program is given too many commands at once, commands that conflict, or commands that make no sense, it can freeze. Basically, the program gets confused and stops responding to anything.

In your computer, this problem looks like a Blue Screen of Death. In your fridge, it can appear like an unresponsive ice maker, a black touch screen, or a flashing control panel.

Resetting is a quick solution to this problem. It terminates the program that’s having problems and lets it restart. As long as the problem was a temporary glitch, you’ll be good to go after a quick reset.

bosch refrigerator
Resetting your fridge should get it up and running again.


Smart fridges are a great way to incorporate the power of technology into your daily life. However, they can have glitches like any other technology. I hope this quick guide has helped you reset your refrigerator, and given you some ways to keep it running in the future.

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Thanks for reading. Have a great day!