Bosch dryer error codes

Bosch

The E:01 and E:03 codes are displayed in the normal drying mode. To view all error codes, enter the diagnostic test mode. While pressing START/STOP and DELICATES, turn the cycle selector knob to EXTRA DRY--REGULAR/COTTON. Then push the START/STOP button to scroll through all the error codes. Turn the cycle selector knob to OFF to end the test mode.

These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your Bosch NEXXT dryer. For repair how-to help, visit the PartsDirect repair help section, which includes repair help for dryers, other major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. Search for your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your dryer.

Error Code
Condition
DIY advice
E:01, E:11 or E:12

Overheating due to clogged exhaust air path

Check/Repair

Clean lint from the lint screen. Clear any clogs from the flexible exhaust hose behind the dryer and straighten out any kinks. Replace the flexible exhaust hose if damaged. Clear the vent duct system to the outside of your home. Check that the exhaust vent damper outside your home opens properly.

Possible parts
Flexible exhaust vent hose
E:03 or E:13

Maximum drying time exceeded

Check/Repair

The maximum drying time is 4 hours. Reduce the load size if the dryer is too full to dry. If the dryer isn't getting hot enough to dry clothing, unplug the dryer and check the heating element or gas burner components. Replace any defective heating components.

How-to help
Possible parts
Heating system components
E:17

Lint screen temperature sensor error

Check/Repair

Unplug the dryer and reconnect the wire harness on the lint screen temperature sensor if loose. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wire harness connections are okay, replace the lint screen temperature sensor.

Possible parts
Wire harness, Lint screen temperature sensor (also called the negative temperature coefficient, or NTC)
E:18

Heater temperature sensor error

Check/Repair

Unplug the dryer and check the wire harness connections on the heater temperature sensor. Reconnect the wire harness if loose. Replace the wire harness if damaged. If the wire harness connections are okay, replace the heater temperature sensor.

Possible parts
Wire harness, Heater temperature sensor (also called the negative temperature coefficient, or NTC)
E:20 through E:26

Defective control module

Check/Repair

Unplug the dryer for 3 minutes to reset the control module. If the code returns when power is restored, replace the control module.

How-to help
Possible parts
Control module

Symptoms common to all dryers

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Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, control failure
Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure
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Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch
Main causes: clogged exhaust system, heating system failure, deposits on moisture sensor, control system failure

Repair guides common to all dryers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dryer.

How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in an electric dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. Install a thermal cut-off fuse kit to replace both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in a gas dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer door switch

The dryer won't start if the door switch isn't working correctly. You can install a replacement dryer door switch in less than half an hour, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dryers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dryer.

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