My GE Dishwasher Will Not Start

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Troubleshoot your General Electric (GE) dishwasher starting problems to solve a frustrating problem. An issue that GE addresses you may face when using your dishwasher is that the problem is often caused by power issues or not using the dishwasher correctly. GE suggests a few steps that may resolve your starting issue. Contact GE directly if you can't troubleshoot this issue on your own.


Dishwasher Controls

The GE dishwasher has preset wash programs and options you select before starting the washing cycle. Once these are selected, you press the "Start/Reset" button to begin the cycle. The cycle will start with the dishwasher filling with water, and 60 seconds later it should start washing.

GE Dishwasher Not Starting Causes

The GE dishwasher will not start if the door is not closed properly or the control panel is locked. Power issues that may affect your dishwasher starting include blown fuses, a tripped breaker and disconnected power. The dishwasher also will not start if the water valve is turned off.


How to Resolve

To resolve GE dishwasher starting problems, latch the dishwasher securely until it clicks. Check your electrical box for blown fuses, and reset if blown. Unlock the control panel by pressing and holding the "Heated Dry" button for three seconds. Turn the water valve underneath the sink on. Switch on the dishwasher wall switch, often located next to the garbage disposal switch.

For Further Assistance

For further assistance with troubleshooting why your GE dishwasher will not start, contact GE's Answer Center at 800-626-2005. Be ready with your model name and serial number before calling for quicker service. The model name and serial number is printed on your owner's manual and either on the left or right front lip of the tub or the right-hand side of the door.



Sommer Leigh

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