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My Bosch dishwasher has an E15 fault and is flashing check water

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  •  itzik ronen
    itzik ronen Nov 28, 2012

    Great , hanks. it worked with my machine too.

  • ztarikhi
    ztarikhi Mar 03, 2013

    Hi dishwasher so I found a problem with the way the problem was solved Thank you

  • karl Mar 15, 2013

    having this code come up on my dishwasher this morning and looking at this site for help.seeing the answer reminded me what to do,but and a big but remember to turn the water back on,spent three hours going over the fault then noticed i didn't turn water back on. lol

  • Andrej Bracko
    Andrej Bracko Aug 07, 2014

    Thanks to everybody! So far so good. Tilting the machine works to remove the error e15, but it is important to really tilted it back 45 degrees. First time I didn't and the error repeated.

  • James Clark
    James Clark Aug 07, 2014

    Just tried this and it did the job!

  • Andrej Bracko
    Andrej Bracko Aug 10, 2014

    The problem repeated again, it seems that I have to call repair :-(

  • Lucy Colaizz
    Lucy Colaizz Aug 20, 2014

    did the tilting back thing and presto..Fixed! Thanks !!

  • Bill Tomlinson
    Bill Tomlinson Oct 03, 2014

    Bosch 800 Series one year old E 15 water tap error 3 times serviced still having issues anyone else?

  • Karen Lee
    Karen Lee Mar 14, 2015

    Fantastic everyone E15 tilt worked - amazing????

  • Tracey Ramsey
    Tracey Ramsey Sep 20, 2015

    This occurred on our 18" Basch when my teenage daughter used Dawn dish detergent in the dishwasher, and selected the sanitize mode. It overflowed with bubbles, and would not turn off. We fixed it by splashing 2 cups water into the unit to dilute the soap, we then heard the pump run. Still had the error message, and bubbles inside..just less. It was hot and steamy so I opened the unit. My husband then unplugged it overnight. In the morning he plugged it back in, turned it off, then on, and it finished its cycle.

  • Julie jaques
    Julie jaques Nov 17, 2016

    Wow the tilt worked instantly

  • Ciara Twomey
    Ciara Twomey Feb 27, 2017

    We had E15 error and pump noise coming on once run was complete. I couldn't tilt the machine easily as suggested here, as its integrated. I think our problem was due to fat build up somewhere inside as I hadn't filled up salt in ages so tablets couldn't work well. I fixed it by filling salt, leaving it off at mains for hours then switching it on and running it. Generally when I turned on it still flashed E15, but sometimes, esp after long off period, it was not flashing so I could run machine. I ran it a few times like this and seems to have cleared. No more error codes and cleaning better.

  • ioannis
    ioannis Mar 19, 2017

    I had the same error indication E 15 PITSOS dishwasher and the indication of the water flow was on. It was functionally stacked, it was not possible to change water, to reset and ON OFF action did not work. I cleaned the plastic lavirinthos at the left side, where fats were preventing the floating switch to move (difficult repair action), believing that everything was ok.
    BUT unfortunately nothing was changed.
    I have read the strange instruction of a lady, tilted it back - at least 45 degrees, and about a cup of water drained out onto the floor.
    It was a miracle!!! The ON OFF was working and thw E 15 was Disappeared!!!

  • Ciara Twomey
    Ciara Twomey Apr 07, 2017

    Update...a month on from previous post of e15 fault, see above. No more problems as cleared using method described above and now using expensive tablets plus keeping salt topped up. It really looks like the e15 was due to fat build up in my machine, rather than a leak as it's supposed to imply. Maybe as in v hard water area.

  • Wendy Tony Tom Morris
    Wendy Tony Tom Morris May 09, 2017

    Omg..... this has just worked for me. Just pulling the machine out actually. Thank you!

  • Sue-Richard Wheeler
    Sue-Richard Wheeler May 12, 2017

    We purchased a new Bosch and found the E 15 as soon as we had hooked it up. Thank you for having this comment section. We removed the installation, tipped the machine backward in the 45 degree angle, and the Error Code did go away. We ran one cycle before re-installing. My machine replaces a 17 1/2 yr. old Bosch that I loved. I was about to regret buying the second one, but it seems to be working now.

  • Walter Picavet Oct 04, 2017

    Tilting it back 45degrees does the trick. I suggest you make sure the water is shut off and the lines and electrical wiring has as much slack as possible so they do not disconnect from dishwasher once you pull it forward to enable the tilting. I have also found that running it in the normal cycle only (1.59 time) did not create the error code. Both washing dishes and cleaning.

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2018

    I got the same error code (E:15) when I stupidly decided to run it on a quick wash to clean it with no rotary arms in, or filter or the little white pump. The dishwasher did not empty the water and it came up with this error. I fixed everything back into place and it continued with the cycle and drained the dishwasher. However, the cycle will not stop and the error will not go from the display and the "check water" light is on. I have turned it off at the mains for a while but it still just comes back on with the error and still running the programme! I have tilted it back and pressed stop etc, but as soon as i put it back on the floor the error message is back and the dishwasher continues with the cycle. I have even managed to run a quick wash successfully to the end with it tilted back, but then as soon as i put it back down on the floor the error message comes up and the dishwasher carries on doing the original cycle. I just can not stop it! Any ideas please?

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2018

    Same thing has just happened to me tonight. I have turned power off and tilted, put it upright again and switched power back on. Code gone, started up and gone through partial cycle when the code has come back on. Doesn't stop by pressing the power button or even opening the door, it just keeps running with the error code.

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    not responding Jan 22, 2018

    I am using Bosch dishwasher for 3 years. and I am glad to have it. before it, I was using dream care and I didn't have good experience with that one. but now bosch's services relatively very satisfied and good.
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  • southside773 Feb 04, 2018

    Sounds like the anti flood system has activated, probably due to a small leak. May be the door seal dirty? That is why machine wont stop pumping - its trying to deal with the flood the only way it can, even when switched 'off'. You will probably find a tray under the machine full of water and a float switch activated. Other models have a plastic chamber on the side with an overfill section that fills and triggers anti-flood.
    Tipping the machine over will drain the tray, but the problem will re-occur when it leaks again. Never open a dishwasher door when the machine is hot and running - that causes floods into the base too!

  • Autumn Cast
    Autumn Cast Mar 17, 2018

    I've Bosch dishwasher for 2 years and is now having problems. I didn't expect this so soon. E15 light is coming on.

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    Filmes OnlineThe E15 fault of Bosch dishwashers can be caused by the following factors:

    sudden disconnection from the network;
    malfunction of the water drainage sensor when the aqua-stop worked;
    the system is clogged;
    hoses are wiped or installed in a wrong way.

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We read on google that a lady had this problem and we copied her instructions to see if it worked and am so pleased to say it did.
OUR PROBLEM WAS WE HAD E15 AND NO WATER IN THE BOTTOM OF OUR DISHWASHER, BUT THE PUMP STILL KEPT GOING ON AND OFF. EVEN WHEN THE ON/OFF BUTTON ON THE DISHWASHER WAS OFF.WE PULLED THE DISHWASHER OUT AND TILTED IT BACKWARDS (WHILST STILL ON), AND AFTER A MINUTE THE SETTING RETURNED TO NORMAL.So do try this before you call an engineer.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011

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  • Karen Watt
    Karen Watt Jul 15, 2012

    We had the same error and followed your advice and it fixed the problem.

  • ajai Jan 06, 2013

    fixed ours as well, screw you E15

  • ajai Jan 06, 2013

    it works, great, sod off E15

  • roberto da via Apr 11, 2013

    Thank you! Our dishwasher started to work properly just 3 seconds after we tilted it back. Thank you again!

  • Adrian
    Adrian Oct 18, 2013

    This advice was spot on - tilt back to almost 45 degrees and E15 error was cleared. Thank you!

  • Scott Francis
    Scott Francis Nov 07, 2013

    thank you! problem is fixed after 3 seconds!

  • Jean
    Jean Dec 05, 2013

    Jean. I can't believe it! It worked. I had the same problem - E15 and the pump wouldn't stop pumping (and water coming in) unless I unplugged it from the wall. Did the tilt and all is fine now!

  • Bev Haigh
    Bev Haigh Jan 01, 2014

    Just had the same problem...tried it and it worked...really didnt think it would :) Thyanks

  • Laurence Krzoska Mar 01, 2014

    Thank you I had visions of disconecting the dishwasher and taking the back of our machine off but I am pleased to say the advice worked a treat

  • Sue Jackson
    Sue Jackson May 17, 2014

    Yay! this really works. I love the internet! Thanks for sharing this and saving us the time, trouble & money of getting someone out to 'fix' it.

  • Louise-May Ditchman
    Louise-May Ditchman May 27, 2014

    Thank you.

  • Danny Salvi
    Danny Salvi Jan 01, 2015

    Now......

  • Danny Salvi
    Danny Salvi Jan 01, 2015

    Now, not sure if this will work for others. I got fed up of tilting it over the Christmas Feasts etc. On Boxing Day I tilted it (again) but then put a cleaner in and ran it to clean it out. The next wash I put the Dishwasher on a 15 min pre-wash and then did the full cycle and it went all the way through and no error codes. For the next wash I tried this again and it went right the way through again. I've done this on all subsequent washes and I've not had an error code since.

  • Danny Salvi
    Danny Salvi Jan 01, 2015

    Oh, that's put it on a pre-wash first then run the normal cycle - not cleaning it out each time.

  • RB5193 Feb 02, 2015

    DO NOT TIP THE MACHINE WITH IT PLUGGED IN YOU WILL EITHER FUSE IT COMPLETELY OR WORSE CASE ELECTRICUTE YOURSELF. When you tip it you are simply tipping the pool of water that has collected in the base of the machine out of the side which resets the sump float but if you take the machine apart and look you will see all manner of electronic components in the base as well including the main board and pump motor both of which do not mix well will water when on!!!

  • Tony Sadgrove
    Tony Sadgrove Apr 06, 2015

    it worked - no problem at all

  • Julia Jones
    Julia Jones Apr 09, 2015

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! WORKED for me too!!!! Thrilled!!

    Just had the heat pump/wash motor replaced today and didn't want there to be another fault to fix! No dishwasher for 3 weeks has been frustrating. Very happy now :)

  • Anonymous May 05, 2017

    Worked for me too so grateful > Pat in California

  • Lynne Turner
    Lynne Turner May 08, 2017

    Thanks very much for this solution. Not only did we first get E15 error on our Bosch Exxcel, but the display lights then disappeared completely as if turned off, while the motor continued to run. Neither pressing the on/off button nor pressing the reset helped solve this. After turning off the power, the 45 degree back tilt method worked immediately once we turned the power back on. Thanks so much for saving an expensive call out! Wonder why Bosch don't put this simple solution in their instruction book in the faults section? They simply tell you that it is a technical fault, and to call out a technician.

  • southside773 Feb 04, 2018

    Because you have a leak, and the anti flood system has activated! It will happen again.All you did was drain the anti flood system catchment tray. And leaks and electricity don't mix well!

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I had exactly the same problem that developed just after a full service - quite ironic.
I checked all the hoses were switched on, done; The waste was clear, done. Still E:15 flashed at me.
I tilted it back, the error disappears, while tilting it, press off.
Stand it back to normal.
Switch on, it should now run as normal.

Posted on May 13, 2013

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  • David Pike
    David Pike Oct 05, 2016

    The fix certainly reset the e:15 error indicated by the 'Check water' error indicator being extinguished but as soon as I try a wash cycle machine locks up again with the e:15 and check water indicator lit. Locks like a call to maintenance:(

  • Thvann Dacoolthing
    Thvann Dacoolthing Apr 18, 2017

    Some detail, stay tilt for at least 2 minutes to let water empty from the flow-switch. It is to prevent e15 error again. Expect water drain to the floor. Just wipe it before put washing machine back in.

  • Nick Oxley
    Nick Oxley Apr 24, 2017

    Thats because there is still an issue all you have done is move the water in tge base and made more room for water to get in again

  • Nick Oxley
    Nick Oxley Apr 24, 2017

    I am an engineer try looking at the door seal... there are 2 around the inside and one on the bottom of the door... one of these will be your issue

  • Anonymous May 01, 2017

    Hi Nick, I have an integrated dishwasher so I can't tip it. The seals look very greasy, so il clean them, but do I need to get water out of the try for it to reset? How can I do that if I can't tip it? Thank you in advance!

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With a healthy dose of scepticism I have tilted my Bosch SMS69 L02 in the manner described here. To my great pleasure the E 15 message has cleared and the machine is running normally again.
without any technical training in these, I can only assume that tiny amounts of seepage gathers in the anti-flood detection tray (that I've read about elsewhere) until sufficient level is achieved to trip the float/sensor. The other forum posts appear to be written in cooler winter months when ambient temperatures do not aid natural evaporation and occasionally the E15 code is tripped. So tilting the machine probably drains the catch tray - to the floor - and clears the error.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

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  • Lakeland Appliance Service

    yes it does. It also leaves all of that water in the back to form mold.The proper solution is to have the leak repaired to prevent more much expensive issue in the future when the mold is discovered.

  • David Pike
    David Pike Oct 05, 2016

    Thank you for the explanation about the anti-flood detection tray. Following the e:15 error there was a lot of water under the dishwasher (I thought the source was our drinking water filter rather than the dishwasher). Looks like the solution below from Stewart will possibly do the trick if not a phone call to D&G coming up...

  • David Mehl
    David Mehl Dec 08, 2016

    Tilting my Bosch dishwasher forward cleared the E15 error until about fifteen minutes into running a test cycle. Any other suggestions for fixing this error?

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2016

    Looking at this as I have the same error message. Other people say they tilted the machine backwards whereas you said you tilted yours forwards. Any help?

  • Nick Oxley
    Nick Oxley Apr 24, 2017

    Yes david you have a door seal issue scroll up to other comments for fix

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I have just had this same problem, we overflowed the sink on the bench above the dishwasher (another story),a nd some water must have found its way onto the top of the underbench dishwasher, and so we had the "check water supply" light on as well as the E15 error code.

I removed the dishwasher, tilted it back - at least 45 degrees, and about a cup of water drained out onto the floor.

Reconnected the power, and like magic the error message had disappeared, as I write, I am putting the machine through a test cycle prior to reinstalling, but dont expect there to be problems.
I can only add the I have rung the Bosch service center, and followed their stream of contacting a myriad of service agents, frankly they are worse than useless.... refuse point blank to provide information, one even said, "if I tell you that, you wil fix it and I will not get a service call fee".... Had I known this would be the outcome I would have bought a cheap and nasty dishwasher years ago, and thrown it away when faced with problems.... I remain angry about their service model. Pigs!

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  • Curtis
    Curtis Apr 21, 2014

    We bought the panel ready version of the dishwasher and did not anticipate pulling it out to tilt it every 6 months (since we bought it) or so. Is there a better solution, or does this just really bad?

  • southside773 Feb 04, 2018

    Where do you think the cupful of water came from? You have a leak, and the anti flood system had activated. Check the door seals - and never open a dishwasher door when it is hot and running! Leaks in dishwashers are not good due to the amount of electrical parts in the base.

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Thanks to all the above.
My wife is now a better person to live with.
The 45 degree thing works.

Posted on May 19, 2014

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2016

    so is my wife, it worked for me too

  • Tom wishart Jan 08, 2019

    My wife doesn't know any different but it worked for me- thank you

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BOSCH INTEGRATED SMV50E00GB DISHWASHER

Symptom:

Machine gets stuck on pump programme, keeps cycling but no water left in machine and the water check light flashing. Then completely stuck and wont turn off even with door open.


Cause:

The machine has a leak however slight is water is collecting in the bottom plastic base plate of machine. This then activates a float in the middle of the base and trips a micro switch which switches off the water inlet.

Fix:

Yes you can tilt it but it's really a bodge and all that your doing is tipping some of the cruddy water that's collected in the base out of the machine onto the floor which resets the float most of the time!

To fix properly and without pulling the whole machine out from under the units all you need to do is:

Switch it off and unplug!!!
Then open the door and unscrew the 4 x screws that hold your cupboard front to the dishwasher door then lift and it slides off. Mind the screws that are now poking out of the front they hurt like ell when you forget and scrape your leg across them!
Next remove the 2 x screws that hold the front lower base plate cover on and prise off cover.
Lift up the insulation material behind and you can see inside the base of the machine.
In the middle if you look with a torch there is a square clear plastic cover which holds the microswitch (2 x blue wires sticking out), prise up the clear cover from the right side first then lever up to the left and it will pop off, you can then see the micro switch make sure it moves freely. Underneath that microswitch in the middle of the machine you will see a polystyrene disk about 4" in diameter, lift it out and wash all the sticky crud off it then clean out the base of the machine with kitchen towel.
Put it all back together in the reverse order and BOOM it works!

Grab a beer from the fridge and look smug?...

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

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    RichMonster Mar 15, 2015

    Thanks mate. I did what you said and it worked a treat. Looking smug, with a cold one!

  • Simon Tucker
    Simon Tucker May 16, 2015

    Spot on. Did exactly as you said. Thanks much appreciated.

  • Anonymous Jun 15, 2015

    Really appreciate this. Thanks. Some extra pointers for those following these instructions
    1) You might need a Torx Key (star shaped allen key) to remove the lower front base plate. can get these for <$10 from harware
    2) the clear plastic cover for the microswitch is rectangular. Remove it by yanking the 2 plastic side legs, rather than just lifting the flap top open.

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    Sean Kelehan Oct 30, 2015

    Added a photo set as this answer deserved it. Bosch Dishwasher 9000 461 551 (8905)

  • Craig Parsons
    Craig Parsons Nov 16, 2015

    Thanks for this, i was washing some of the BBQ in the thing and i think a combination of the indestructible sweetcorn and bbq crud blocked the outlet and may have started this. all seems fine now

  • james mcconnell
    james mcconnell Aug 23, 2016

    Absolutely brilliant post. The extra comments are great too. To add my own, there were 3 blue wires going to the 'cuboidal' switch housing on my Bosch model, rather than the two mentioned.

    To clear out the gunk I used one of those syringes found in children's medicine bottles. Worked a treat.

    It's rare to find such a perfect fix on forums. Well done.

  • ColinM
    ColinM Nov 08, 2017

    As others have said, this worked perfectly for me (Bosch SMV53A00GB). Bravo! I've attached a pic of the microswitch cover (the whole plastic assembly is unclipped to be able to remove the polystyrene disk).

  • George McKinney
    George McKinney Apr 14, 2019

    But, but, but, my Bosch DOESN'T have a base pan, ( it's sitting on the tile )and I don't see any microswitch assembly, but I still get an e:15

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As an engineer who repairs appliances full time, I will add some advice. First for goodness sake UNPLUG IT from its electrical socket before doing anything!! Tipping it back to drain the base pan water should be done gently as you can wet the electrical parts down there especially the main pump motor. A better solution is to remove the cover to the base pan (4 screws) and WITH IT UNPLUGGED get rid of the water in there with a sponge, or (what we use) one of those globe-like pumps that you buy to drain oil from motorcycles. Or a "basting syringe". With a built-in unit you have to remove the kick-board and the wooden decor panel on the front of the machine first. But you can then do it in situ. HOWEVER all you have done is reset the flood detector float switch. The machine will now work. But if there is a real leak the situation will recur after a period of time. Then you will need an engineer. Stay safe!!

Posted on Jan 01, 2015

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    Thanks Mike for telling it like it is. As an appliance tech myself, I have read the previous "fixes" and am amazed these people think tipping is the proper repair for there unit. It is only TEMPORARY and will recur just as you stated. Hopefully no wood floor, subfloor damage will occur whilst they prolong the situation. Calling a qualified tech does have it's reasons and benefits.

  • paul wayman
    paul wayman Jan 24, 2015

    Mike, its nice to hear the CORRECT cure for such a problem. Don't you just love the TIP IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS brigade !! I wish people would realise that there is a REASON that threes water in the base tray. Well, at least it keeps us guys in business :)

  • Bob Wilkens
    Bob Wilkens Dec 08, 2015

    Spot on. Only a temporary fix. I looked underneath, found the float switch (floating in water). I dried it out, cycled the washer, and found the leak. Tilting it back only got water to soak the rear insulation (and temporarily reset the error code).

  • Jason Doust
    Jason Doust Aug 15, 2016

    Good response Mike, you are helping people stay safe, possibly save an unnecessary call out (which techs hate charging for as much as customers hate paying for), but keep people's minds open to the possibility of greater complexity than "tilt and pray."

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It's usually a leak from the circulation motor connection to the sump area.

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    Our 2.5 year old Bosch gave us an E15 error message and we did the machine tilt back trick. For us this was a temporary fix.
    After tilting, we used Quick or Auto type cycles and it was OK. If we used Pots&Pans and or the Intensive option, the E15 error would come back.
    We had someone out to have a look and he dried up the water in the plates underneath and tightened anything loose that may have been the source of the leak (at a service call of $140).
    The next load I put on was a Pots&Pans with the Intensive option to make sure it was back to normal. Sure as apples, the E15 error code came back up.
    We called back the service guy who had another look and noticed a leak that wasn't obvious the day before. He has said that I need a 'Sump kit' and to order it from Bosch. This will costs us approx $300+. :(
    So Brian - I think you may be onto something there with your comment above.
    In the meantime, we can use the machine using colder, shorter cycles. The colder water (~45oC) not heating up and expanding the plastics underneath that may leak to an area it shouldn't. And shorter cycles so that there's less water leaking.

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I had the same E:15 code, since my unit is installed under the counter tilting would have been a big job. I disconnected the drain line from the sink and sucked the water out with a shop-vac. Plugged the unit back in and the error code was cleared!

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    I followed the direction used my dyson vacuum cleaner to suck the water out. but the code was still on when I turned back the breaker. so i turned the breaker off for 2 hours allowing the internal parts dry off a little. code was gone after that. saved $140 Service charge.

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I have a Bosch dishwasher which is about 2-3 years old. The E-15 error message just came up today.
When I looked at the operating instructions under troubleshooting it instructed me to clear out any food remnants in the rinsing water that may have blocked the waste water pump.
Remove the filters in the bottom of the washer, mop out any water/bits with a sponge then prise off the small white pump cover in the bottom lower right hand side where the filters usually sit. Having done that I removed quite a lot of large food bits and sponged out a bit more water. Clip the cover back into place and replace the filters. Job done back in action!

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    Thanks! This was perfect. Ours is 2 years old and the error light came on after plunging a clog in the kitchen sink. I didn't want to go through the pain of pulling the dishwasher out from under the counter (it took forever to get it in level) so I'm glad I ran across this before I tried the 45 tilt. Dried up the water and pulled a few medium sized food pieces out. Turned the power back on and the fault cleared.
    This technique should be listed at the very beginning of the thread!

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    Ann C Dec 22, 2016

    We have had the same problem following a clog in the kitchen sink and plunging the sink to push it down. Ended up with a lot of water in the bottom of the unit that had lots of bits of food in it. The dishwasher pumped the water out, but there were still lots of bits of food in the bottom. I took paper towels to it and got all the food bits I could get to from inside the dishwasher and then pulled out the filter - it was absolutely full. I cleaned it out as best I could. Now I may try some of the other tips here. It is installed under the countertop and hope not to have to do the tilt. It is December 22, 2016, and tons of company coming tomorrow night and will be here through Christmas day. HELP!! DH used to be my fix-it person, but he has dementia and can't figure out things like this any longer.
    By the way - mine not only says E:15 - it says watertap also. Don't know if that means anything special or not.

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Check the inlet hose fitting for seepage. this was the source of water when I encountered E15 alarm

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Thanks for the tip! It fixed our washing machine.
When the E15 + check water light was flashing I was unable to power off machine. Once tilted back 45 degrees for about a minute, it sorted itself out and leaked out about a cup of water

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WOW, Very Happy!! As a single woman I almost had a panic attack, but now I feel Superwoman!!! IT WORKED!!!

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E15 Yep guys the tilt worked again, but needed to try several times and let it drain, eventually started after digital screen gave cycle whilst tilted. Layed level and then ran through heavy duty cycle to clear any thing in drains. Thanks for the tips

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Agree, tilting the machine at 45 degrees actually works.... WOW :-)

Note in my case this occurred in the middle of winter which may confirm what solution 4 points out, i.e. natural evaporation not occurring efficiently.

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Did you try to use the warranty or contact the service? If you worked with standard companies, they would fix this damage. For example, I bought a sofa in the company https://housera.co.uk/217-corner-sofa-beds... As soon as I had a problem with the delivery, they immediately set it.

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Your dishwasher is has water on the bottom of the unit and this will you activates the drain pump and it’s telling you it’s flooded you need to find a leak more likely you will have to pull the unit out and check for water connection supply in the back of the unit unplug the machine clean all the water out from the bottom and again you doing you define what it water is coming from or if you are opening the door in the middle of the cycle This will let the water runs down down below

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I have successfully used the tilt method many times but recently it stoped working. I had to remove the front door panel, the plastic kick plate, the metal front bottom plate. Then I fount and unclipped the float switch in its plastic housing and removed the polystyrene float which had accumulated gunk on it. I cleaned and dried it, its tray area and the switch and reassembled the lot. It's been working for the last three weeks. I have checked since and everything is dry so I'm assuming the water ingress wasn't due to an ongoing fault. if you actually have a hose or seal that is leaking water into the pan, then you will have to fix that first.

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I had an E15 Error. The bosch built in super silent dishwasher SHX7ER55UC/44 worked great for about 7 or 8 years. We had to remove the dishwasher when new quartz counter tops were installed. We then re-installed the machine.

I had completed the original install and levelled the machine as I had before. When I first installed the machine the bottom of the laminate counter was perfectly flat - easy to level against as the counter was level. Being over confident I re-installed the dishwasher myself. The new quartz counter was higher and I had to install a piece of wood at the front of the counter to fasten the dishwasher too. I put the dishwasher in - levelled the front and levelled the back by turning the adjustment for the rear "foot" until it stopped. After 9 months the dishwasher showed the E15 error - I only had the filter plugging error before. The dishwasher kept trying to pump when I opened the door. I was dumbfounded. I did some googling and learned about the cause. I was nervous to think that the dishwasher may have a leak. I had to remove the built in dishwasher again. I titled the machine 45 degrees back and dirty water came out. I couldn't remember how to take the sides off the machine and decided against further exploration. I put the machine back and adjusted the back foot all the way up thinking that if the dishwasher was snug it would be less likely to leak (haha). And after two washes the error came back. So I took it out, and took the dishwasher apart - slid up the plastic parts that conceal the gap to the cabinets, removed the side panels (my right hand panel has a small torx screw on its bottom right hand corner - of course I bent the metal a little before I realized that). Then I removed the door facia - and of course there are two screws along the top edge that hold the facia to the dishwasher door - these are additional above and beyond every video for removing the bosch door facia - they only reference 3 torx screws on each side (make sure you only remove the ones pointing towards the ceiling when the door is open - made that mistake before). Then I removed the plate under the door. And then removed all the insulation.

I saw the liquid in the bottom of pan of the dishwasher. I saw I had to tilt my dishwasher to the left to empty the liquid as there was little or no electrical and the pan is so deep I had to tilt the machine almost completely on its side to get out the liquid. I barely took any out the last time. I then used paper towel to dry out the rest of the pan.

On closer examination of the bottom I could not find a leak spot. I thought it may be from some seal, pump, sump, motor shaft? Then I examined the door. I could see liquid on the door seal. I could see liquid on the white catch tray underneath the door. I could see liquid and staining on the plate underneath the door. I realized in that moment I had adjusted the back foot so far up that the machine was tilting forward and water had been leaking out the door. Other machines will drip onto your floor, but this bosch one is made so well water leaking through the door seal is captured and sent into the pan underneath the machine. The drip tray on the door has a flat tube that actually takes the collected water and sends it into the tray. Extra protection for your nice kitchen floors. I am now levelling my machine using a level - as my counter does not have a flat underside - I could install a board, but the machine is held quite well by the front anchors and feel that should be sufficient for now.

Good luck to all the rest of you. I hope your leak is as simple as mine - and only requires you to adjust the feet of the dishwasher making sure the dishwasher is level. Unfortunately I was sending water towards the door. The door seal is pretty amazing considering how long it took for the water to build up. And the dishwasher was probably not leaning too far forward as I had the front feet pretty extended already.

I am no expert, but Definitely disconnect the electrical before you work!

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When I power on the dishwasher, I get the E15 and several clicks from either the drain pump or the control board. I do not hear the pump running. Should I be hearing the pump running? Could the pump possible be bad? Or is it more likely the control board?

I tried tilting the dishwasher back for 30 minutes but when I turn it on, I still get E15. I will try to see if I can open up and clean the drain sensor as others have mentioned

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    Update, some of the wiring on the control unit looked like it wasn't plugged in correctly. I reseated the plug that goes to the drain pump and now when i turn it on, the control unit clicks a few times and I hear what sounds like a drain opening and some water sloshing around. It corresponds with the clicks from the control unit. It does it about 3-4 times then a small fan sound comes on (the little white spinning thing at the bottom of the drain). That spins for about 30 seconds and then shuts off. 30 seconds later, it all restarts.

    I checked the styrofoam float sensor at the bottom and it looked fine.

    Any ideas why I am still getting the E15?
    Also, could someone snap a picture of the wiring to the control unit? I am not sure what the wiring slot for the blue wires (float sensor) should be. There are 6 pins and the connector is plugged in taking up the right 4 pins.

  • Jesse koay Jun 22, 2018

    I was able to fix the dishwasher. I found that in the drain there was a good amount of water in the 2 holes that were covered by the white and the black pieces of plastic. I removed those pieces and tried to dry the water but was still getting the error code. I then tried tipping the dishwasher to its left side (when you are looking at the front) and I think the rest of the water came out. I also tried reseating some of the cables to the control module, and that might have helped as you need to make sure it is perfectly aligned with the contacts.

  • Jesse koay Jan 15, 2019

    7 months later and it is still working like a charm! The best part is that I got this dishwasher for free off craigslist because it wasn't working. Thanks to everyone for their help! I don't think I could ever live without a bosch dishwasher now

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May this information help you: Only Errors Blog About Errors Solutions

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A surprising solution - a hairdryer.

I wasn't able to tilt the machine back (it's integrated and I'm renting the apartment), but I found a different and much easier solution, which worked just as well. The problem was water, so I dried the inside of the dishwasher (using the highest setting on the hairdryer), paying special attention to the drain in the centre, and a few minutes later, the error code was gone and machine worked fine!

I hope this helps someone else.

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You probably have something gooing up the inlet pipe filter or not enough water pressure
Or a krimp in the inlet pipe

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Tipping worked for me. I caused the problem by accidentally adding dish soap. I read instructions to leave it to evaporate instead of tipping, and after three days no happiness.

Unscrewed the four screws holding the dishwasher, pulled it out, tipped it (45 degrees wasn't quite enough) and out came a half-cup of water. And it's working again.

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I work on bosch and many other brands,
All of the tilt recommendations will work for the moment.
The cause is water in the bottom, a leak.
Try to determine the source, if it is a new model there is a trough inside the door that directs any water leaking from the door into the bottom.
If you have experienced foaming, possibly the rinse aid is set too high, see your manual to adjust.
Also you may be using the wrong detergent or too much.

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I read extensively on this fault and the causes may be simple or otherwise. Mine appears to be fixed now by:

  1. Disconnecting the power (safety first!)
  2. Tipped machine back to drain for an hour.
  3. Thoroughly dry the interior (I used a small heater after towelling it out, including the sump)
  4. Loosening the 4 screws in the base of the stainless steel interior pan and towelling the gap out, cleaning thoroughly.
  5. More drying with the heater (another hour)
  6. Screwing the four screws back in tightly. Careful, it's only plastic and you can strip it out (expensive mistake!)
  7. Re-assemble and power up.
  8. Voila! It appears to be working for the time being, having done a test run on pre-wash cycle, a heavy duty 2 hour cycle with a dishwasher / descaling product and a test load of dishes.
Maybe I got lucky, or maybe there is more to come. Time will tell.
Cheers,
Jason

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Change the gasket in the bottom of the machine. The gasket protects the swamp from water infiltration. If there is water in the swamp at float unit automatic stops the machine. It is a bit difficult to change the gasket.

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Great forum for E:15 error message on Bosch dishwasher.
Moved to Germany in 2015 to live with partner. Brand new kitchen less than a year old. January 2016, Error message E:09 came up - heater not working. Replacement made by Neanderthal 'engineer' who spoke no English and clearly did not like the English. Not a very professional man as he did not fit the unit back properly. Had to complain on the day same and the same man had to return to complete the job properly.
March 2016, Error message E:15. Not looking forward to another German fool tinkering with the dishwasher, however my German partner insists on getting an 'engineer'. Some kind of misguided perception on German craftsmanship (rubbish). Placed an email to the Bosch service center, so will wait to see what they recommend, or when they can visit to make the repair. THEN found this website on the Error message E:15 for Bosch dishwashers.
It is the weekend now, so will wait for Monday to arrive and do the job myself.
Problem is, I have no idea where the power switch is for the dishwasher, as it is built in to units. The dishwasher sits next to sink unit and there is a white cover between the units. It does not look like a power switch, but will investigate on Monday.
Will have to do the full repair version as recommended by engineer on this forum. Also, probably not a wise idea to have used washing up liquid in the machine; as ran out of power ball tablets yesterday. Dishwasher leaked soapy water on to the floor, my partner panicked and opened the door. Dishwasher filled with bubbles. Then the E:15 error message appeared. I pressed the restart button but no luck. Then I cleared; with copious amounts of water, the bubbles out of the dishwasher - then having to wash all the items that were sitting in there by hand!
All the booklets about the dishwasher in German, so I am very pleased to have discovered this website. Do not speak a word of German and do not understand all that the booklets are stating. The 45 degree tipping suggestion is not an option for me.
Will let you know how I get on and whether it works.

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Dumping water out of the overflow tray, or just sopping it up, is not the answer. There's an excellent post here, which I'll try to split up: BREAKER OFF and then removing the front wood panel, metal panel, and insulation. Sop up the water. Then, clean all filters as described here as well (including difficult to open panel way inside and below cylindrical filter). Also, thoroughly clean all gaskets with a toothbrush and towel. I found a lemon pit in one. Also, the dishwasher is very clever: If it cannot drain, the bin fills, which would dump on the floor. There is little drain line from the gasket that directly fills the leak tray below the dishwasher. This, in turn, trips the overflow switch. And, one very important thing that I think caused our E-15: The garbage disposal MUST be empty. If not, the dishwasher cannot drain and it backs up. Do not put a pot over the drain because that can "lock" the drain with suction. Tipping the unit is not a solution.

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I have a Siemens dishwasher (same company) with the same E15 problem. As the machine is fixed underneath the countertop, pulling it out and tipping it was too much work.

Instead:
* Unplugged the machine (!),
* Removed the kick plate behind the wooden panel by the floor (two screws)
* Removed the aluminum/zink plate
* Removed the green insulation piece and
* Reached in to the machine and felt a small pool in a plastic basin.
* Dried it up with some dry rags and presto it worked!
The leak came from the pump being blocked by some glass shards and when I reached in to unblock the pump, the water in the sump overflowed and ran into the machine via the open door.
Thanks for the tips! :)

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I like the other chap further up the list fix these awful dishwashers for a living. E15 is one of the worst codes you can get. If your are LUCKY and you have a very small leak you will get away with the 45 degree tip, but most of the E15's i have seen only run maybe for 1-7 days before the code is back. There are numerous places the leaks can come from, all of which are a nightmare to sort out. Best advice is to put 'professional limescale and detergent remover' in once a month empty intensive cycle (if you live in a hard water area) and secondly don't buy one of these type with the tablet drawer top centre of the inside of the door, or pay the £80 when you buy it to extend the warranty. I have a Miele one myself, enough said...

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Thanks guys
Same same
I had this washer for more then year
Suddenly I had e15
No idea why I almost give up
Google it and found u guys
Tilded it and problem solve

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Folks -- Great help, but as naive as most of the folks this was not feeling right that just tilting the dishwasher and getting the water out was a permanent fix.

So in my case, I did it and seemed to fix the issue for while( 45 mins) but soon landed in Error 15 again.

After a lot of time and tries, here is what happened in my case. Initially, my washer gave error 23, then 24 -- so as curious was trying to look what was happening and I tried to open the side exit vent (a grey color cap) and put it back as it did not seem to be the problem that was causing error 23 or 24.

After pulling the dishwasher and letting it run for a while and closely watching what was happening inside, there was obviously a leak that caused water to gather at the bottom that triggered the Error 15!In my case, it was the water leaking out of the side went since I had not closed it tight enough, fixed it pretty tight and there got that fixed.

Alright, now it's time my Jack!

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This machine has a safety system built in to protect the machine and the house. E15 means it has a leak in the system and their is water in the capture basin in the bottom of the machine and the float has told the computer to turn on the protection system and run the pump in drain mode to keep it from leaking out on the kitchen floor. Causes I've found for this so far are the water supply line is leaking and running water into the catch basin, leaky seal in the machine can cause it or any number of hoses inside are leaking. Anyway, a leaking supply line is the most common and usually just tightening it will cure the problem. To reset it afterwards: kill the power to it, circuit breaker, pull plug whatever but make sure you kill the electricity before playing with a machine with water leaking or the leak will be the least of your problems. Pull the machine out to where you can tip it forward or backwards, put some towels down and tip it 45 degrees or so and drain the water out of the catch basin in the very bottom of the machine. This isn't the inside of the machine, it is the plastic cover on the very bottom that is the catch basin. Most have better luck draining it by tilting it back. Dry up your mess, fix the leak and error code will automatically reset/clear once there is no more water in the bottom of it triggering the float switch.

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This tilting back trick can only serve as a short term fix. You still have a slight leak from somewhere. Better to unplug and check the leak detector float inside the bottom of the machine. Mop it out, clean the sensor float and run the machine again to see if you can detect where the leak is coming from. It might only be small, but it will keep setting the error message off if you don't find and fix it. There are a whole lot of great explanations about how to get into the part of the dishwasher to get at the leak detector and to be honest, I had to find out how to get into mine with a combination of the knowledge I found on here and winging it for the machine I have. It's not difficult and if you are a fixit kind of person, you will easily work it out. Happy fixing!

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This happened to me yesterday, Error 15 on my BOSCH dishwasher. Our kitchen island contains the sink, and the dishwasher which under (adjacent) to sink. Yesterday, I left an unattended water jug filling with filtered water from a spigot in the sink. This flooded the counter-top, some water went through the under-counter into the dishwasher, and some onto the floor. I placed a call to the Thermador technician until I read these posts. Even tough I had syphoned the water out with a hose some still remained in the unit somewhere. Tilting the unit 45 deg today, drained more water onto the floor and voila! Error code 15 gone, and money saved. I cancelled appointment with technician!

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Just a tiny lift worked for me - no more than 5-10 degrees while still in situ.

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I had the same problem and I followed the first answer steps it worked but the problem keeps coming back.
So for easy and quick permanent fix follow my steps. Undo the machines legs just a little so it stays tilted backwrd just little .about 2 degrees

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When I discovered the E15 error message I called the Bosch customer service number. I asked if they could help me trouble shoot the problem. I was given numbers to call for service. Since I am a trouble shoot kind of gal, the next step was the internet. Good call. My dishwasher is built in so tipping it couldn't happen. Waitng for the water it evaporate made sense to me, but waiting a week,there had to be a quicker way to get the same result. My fix was taking off the kick plate and setting a fan on the floor in front of it. In about 12 hours the message is gone and the dishwasher is running once again.

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Not so lucky for me!! Tried the tilt and let it drain for a while and it worked. The E15 went away. Eventually stood upright, switched on and away it went. It ran for about 10 minutes then tripped my circuit breakers. Tried repeating 5 times with same result - Several expletives come to mind at this point in proceedings!!!

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My gratitude to everybody here for encouraging and make me start thinking. I had read smth else before, unbuilt my Bosch SPV58 (screw 3 legs - electricity - water in - plug back outlet as there's no switch :-( - water out - remove next furniture door to have access to all that - TAKE OUT - ouphhh!), removed a left cover and start enjoying views. Recommendations found were different and for other models, ... I believe I had downloaded a service manual from the net a year ago but lost it... Your advice came in time! 45 degrees saved a good piece of my life. Now I am thinking about the valve at kitchen sink. It (sink) was stuck for a minute and it was certainly a reason for stopping a dishwasher...

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Right thanks to another web page i have sorted my bush dishwasher to sort out error F15 of E15 just tip the dishwasher 45 degree angle and water comes up on the bottom clean up the water weight at 25 minutes there has been sorted out that help me out save me over £100

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My Bosch dishwasher has the same error code, but unfortunately it is built in and I cannot tilt it back, any ideas?

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Mine does the same. I either tilt or 'shake it' in position which seems to work. I've read about this on many forums now and it seems to have happened to hundreds of people out there.

However......
It beggars belief that a high precision item that costs so much has this problem and Bosch don't seem to want to do anything about it. So come on Bosch, pull your finger out and sort this problem. If it was a Toyota there would have been a recall on ALL units by now!

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Wow, I've just had the same problem and tried this solution. Brilliant, a small amount of water ran out of the base and hey presto the machine is working again. Cheers everyone.

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Thank you very much worked like a treat can't believe it ready to call repair man thank god for this website thank you agian

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I was also quite skeptical but I hadn't even pulled the dishwasher all the way out before it had started working again! Thank you everyone!

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SOURCE: I have a bosch dishwash e15 check water

I found this solution on elsewhere on fixya. it relates to a little float switch designed to detect water leaks I think. 1. turn off power and water 2. tilt back machine about 45% (have towels ready to soak up any spill off 3. when all the water has emptied, right machine and retry. if the problem keeps reoccurring, you may have a genuine water leak. I had to try a few times but this worked for me and saved me at least 4 days of hand washing over a long weekend. good luck

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Fault Condition:No water in dishwasher or not sensing water.
Repair or Check: Tilt dishwasher back and the error code should disappear. While you tilt it press off button to clear. Stand it back to normal turn back on and dishwasher should run normally.
Parts Required:Tilting machine

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What brand dishwasher? Model number might help too.
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E15= Check Water Inlet supply*


This can be caused by several reasons.

1. The filters in your inlet hose or inlet valve are blocked and need cleaning.
2. The inlet water supply valve is faulty and worn out, not allowing water in fast enough in relation to the set amount of time it takes to fill the machine for washing etc..
3. The water supply isnt turned on fully underneath the sink?

You will need to undo the water inlet hose from under the sink and check to see if there is a filter in that end of the hose and check to see if it needs cleaning. It will be of the wire Gauss type.

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