With technology advancing in all areas, kitchen equipment and appliances are growing increasingly intricate and are now full of useful features such as better energy efficiency, faster heating times, and great safety features.
A Bosch induction cooktop is no exception. Installing this appliance in your kitchen will allow you to cook your favourite meals faster and more efficiently and enjoy the security of its many safety features, such as a child lock button.
As with any modern gadget, an induction cooktop can be a little more complicated to work with than your standard cooktop surface, and you might struggle with some technical difficulties here and there.
If your Bosch cooktop is locked, the simple solution is to press and hold the key symbol on the control panel for four seconds or until you hear a beep. This should unlock the hob.
However, this might not always solve your problem, and there could be more to be investigated.
But not to worry, this article will tell you everything you need to know about your Bosch cooktop and its child lock feature and how to lock and unlock the control panel.
What is the Child Lock Feature on the Bosch Induction Cooktop?
Bosch induction hobs come with a child lock function. This security feature prevents children from being able to turn the induction cooktop on and off and hurt themselves or mess with your cooking!
The function can also prevent unwanted chemical fumes from being emitted from the appliance and offer the peace of feeling secure in your kitchen when you have a child around the house.
Using this feature requires you to press the panel lock button on the hob and lock the appliance so that nobody can turn it on or change any settings until you choose to unlock it again.
Why is My Bosch Induction Hob Locked?
If your induction cooktop is locked and you don’t want it to be, the chances are that one of two things has happened.
First, you might have accidentally pressed the child lock button on the control panel and enabled the child lock function.
If this isn’t the case, you may need to check for spillage on your induction hob control panel. Any mess on the key button could have caused the feature to be enabled without you even pressing the button, and it may have gotten stuck that way.
If this turns out to be the case, be sure to wipe down your hob. Induction cooktops require a nonabrasive cleaner to protect them and keep them clean.
How Do I Know if My Hob is Locked?
You can quickly identify a locked induction hob by looking at the key symbol on your unit.
All Bosch induction models will display a lock symbol with a key light to show that the cooktop is locked.
How to Test it
To test out the feature, locate the key symbol and press and hold the key for four seconds or until you hear a beeping sound. This will switch on the lock function on your unit – check for the light to confirm that the function has been enabled.
How to Unlock Bosch Hob
Once you’ve identified that your induction hob is locked, how do you unlock it?
Fortunately, the process is just as simple. The process for unlocking Bosch induction cooktops is to press and hold the same button as mentioned before.
- Locate the lock/unlock button on your hob. The button will look like a sideways key symbol.
- Hold the key symbol in and wait for at least four seconds. A beeping sound will indicate a successful lockout.
- After unlocking your cooktop, you should be able to change the settings, turn on the induction cooktop, and get cooking again!
This Didn’t Solve My Problem
If holding the panel lock switch on your hob hasn’t solved your problem, then something else might be wrong, and you’ll need to investigate further.
In this case, our first tip is to look out for any error codes displayed on your induction hob. If you notice any errors, flip to the ‘troubleshooting’ page in your user manual to find the details about the error codes for your model.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the manual, it might be time to reach out to Bosch for support.
Can I Deactivate the Child Lock Function?
If you don’t have any children, you might not find the child lock function to be helpful, in which case, you can deactivate it. Here’s how you can do so.
- First, access the basic settings on your induction hob by turning the hob off and then on again.
- Within ten seconds of turning it on, press the lock button for four seconds to access the basic settings.
- Press the key symbol again a few more times to access function ‘C1’, which is the child lock function.
- Use the + and – buttons to select between 0, 1, or 2.
0 – Manual: this will require you to manually turn the child lock function on and off using the key symbol on your model.
1 – Automatic: this will automatically turn on the child lock function every time you switch off the hob.
2 – Function switched off: this will deactivate the child lock function entirely until you change the settings again.
If you’ve been scratching your head about why you can’t get your Bosch hob to work, we hope that this article answered any questions you had.
It’s a simple process to unlock any Bosch induction hob model you might have, but it’s essential to make sure you check out the user manual for your specific model in case you run into any other issues.
When troubleshooting any issues, make sure to focus on safety first and call a professional for help if you feel like you need it.