How to Reset a GE Washing Machine

Is there a better feeling in the world than thinking you're on the hook for a major appliance repair, only to discover there is an easy, do-it-yourself fix? Heading to your laundry room to transfer a load to the dryer and finding the washer stuck on the spin cycle would have most people seeing huge costs and dirty clothes in their foreseeable future. If you have a washing machine stuck in a cycle, take a deep breath and try resetting the washer first before you make a panicked call to your local repair person. For GE washing machines, both Hydrowave and other models, the reset procedure is pretty straightforward, and just might be the easy, DIY fix you need.

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How to Reset a GE Washing Machine

Reasons You Might Need to Reset a GE Washer

The source of your washing machine woes and the method for resetting will vary depending on your model of washer. For example, GE Hydrowave washer problems stem from issues with the motor, generally. Washing machines that use the Hydrowave system do not have a transmission, so the motor plays a more key component in these models. The motor may need to be reset if there is a power spike, a load that is unbalanced or a disruption in power. For other models of GE washing machines, a pause in a cycle will cause the electronic controls to lock up. The pause can happen for several reasons, including a power failure or if the stop/pause button was pressed to pause the cycle and not reset. Whatever the model, if your machine is stuck in a cycle, try to reset the GE washer first.

How to Reset a GE Hydrowave Washer

To reset washing machines that use the GE Hydrowave system, start by unplugging the washer for one minute. Plug the washing machine back in and then within 30 seconds, quickly open and close the lid six times. You'll need to do this within a 12-second period. Raise the lid at least 2 inches and make sure it closes each time. This should complete the motor reset. To test that it is successful, run a cycle without laundry. If the washer fills and begins to run normally, you can put laundry in and complete the cycle. If the washer does not start to run normally or if you have the same problem within a few loads, you will need to call in a professional.

How to Reset Other GE Washing Machines

For other GE washing machine models, you will also start by unplugging or shut off power to the washer for 30 seconds. Next, turn the timer knob around once and into any setting other than final spin. Ensure the water is on and turn the power back on, which should solve the issue. If you are still having issues, you'll need to have the machine serviced. For GE, you can either make a service appointment online or call GE Appliance Service at 1-800-432-2737.