How to Reset a GE Washing Machine

It might not be music to your ears, but the sound of a General Electric washer in action can provide soothing background noise -- at least until it stops in mid-cycle. Then the silence can be positively jarring. Sometimes, the wash cycle stops because of a power failure. Or someone might have inadvertently pressed the "stop/pause" button. Resetting the electronic controls can solve the problem on many GE machines. If you have a HydroWave washer, a quick motor reset should get you back up and running.

Electronic Control Reset

Step 1

Unplug the washer from the wall outlet.

Step 2

Wait at least 30 seconds.

Step 3

Turn the timer knob all the way around and stop on any position other than "final spin."

Step 4

Plug the washer back in, then start the washer. If the washer fails to respond, make an appointment with a licensed GE repair technician.

HydroWave Motor Reset

Step 5

Unplug the washer from the wall outlet.

Step 6

Wait for 1 minute, using your watch or a timer for accuracy. After 1 minute has elapsed you have 30 seconds to complete the next step.

Step 7

Lift the washer's lid at least 2 inches then close it all the way; do this 6 times within 12 seconds. This completes the motor reset.

Step 8

Test the machine by starting a wash cycle on the small load setting. Wait while the machine fills and starts the initial agitation. At this point you can pause the cycle and add clothes to complete a wash load, if desired. If the washer fails to fill or agitate, make an appointment with a licensed GE repair technician.