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GE Dishwasher Cycle Problems

Dishwashers can make life so much easier by reducing the amount of time you spend in front of your kitchen sink washing dishes. When your dishwasher starts to have cycle problems, however, it can leave you stressed and frustrated trying to determine the cause of the problems. 

A GE dishwasher that won’t start is usually caused by a power issue. Check to ensure the washer is plugged into the outlet and that the outlet itself is actually functioning.

Modern dishwasher in the kitchen

When the dishwasher isn’t receiving enough power to the appliance, it cannot function properly. This can also prevent the dishwasher from cleaning properly, and even turn the appliance off midway through a cycle. If the dishwasher power supply is securely plugged into the electrical outlet and still won’t turn on, try to plug it into a different outlet. If the dishwasher works, the issue is with the original outlet. If it still does;t turn on, check to see if a breaker on your fuse box was blown. 

GE Dishwasher Won’t Start Cycle

Man fixing the dishwasher

GE dishwashers have a safety feature that prevents the washer from starting if the door isn’t properly closed. This helps to prevent a potentially soggy mess if you accidently start the washing machine with the door open. 

A GE dishwasher that won’t start a cycle is usually caused by the door not being properly closed. Check to ensure that the door is closed tightly and securely. If it doesn’t stay closed, then the door’s latch is broken and will need replaced. 

When the latch is broken, the door switch cannot signal to the dishwasher that it is safe to start the cycle. This can also occur if the door sensor malfunctions. Both of these are useful tools to help ensure your dishwasher doesn’t start when the door is left open. Whether the issue is with the door latch or the sensor, the broken part will need to be replaced by a professional dishwasher repair technician.


A GE dishwasher that won’t start or abruptly stops might have a blown thermal fuse. This protective component shuts off power to the dishwasher to prevent overheating. If your dishwasher is unresponsive or quits mid-cycle, check the thermal fuse for continuity and replace it if it’s blown to solve the issue.

GE Dishwasher Won’t Start Wash Cycle

Man fixing the dishwasher

What’s the sense of having a dishwasher if it won’t start the wash cycle? After all, that’s the whole purpose of a dishwasher; to wash dishes. While the issue is an annoying one, it doesn’t mean the entire dishwasher is done for and may simply be the cause of a water supply problem. 

When your GE dishwasher won’t start the wash cycle, a water supply problem is usually to blame. Ensure that the water supply valve connected to the dishwasher is on, and that the hose doesn’t have any blockage, kinks, or damage. 

If you find kinks, straighten them out carefully to let the water flow freely through the hose. Replace the hose if you find any signs of damage or leaks. Blockage, such as food debris and grease, can also interfere with water flow, resulting in a dishwasher that just won’t start. While looking for kinks in the water hose, also check for debris that may have built up overtime. 

Never knowingly run a dishwasher with a damaged hose as this could result in water damage to your home. Water damage not only results in an expensive repair bill, but it also opens your home up to potential mold problems.

GE Dishwasher Won’t Change Cycle

Man fixing the dishwasher

One of the great things about GE dishwashers is the ability to change the cycle. Sometimes, you don’t need to wash a full load, and only need to wash a small amount of dishes. By switching the cycle from large to small, you are saving both water and energy. But what happens if the dishwasher refuses to cooperate and won’t change the cycle? 

When the GE dishwasher won’t change cycle, it is usually caused by a glitch or malfunction with the control panel. Thankfully, this issue can be corrected by simply resetting the GE dishwasher control board.

To reset the GE dishwasher, press and hold the reset or start button for 5 seconds. The reset or start button will begin to flash. Press and hold both the Start and Select Cycle buttons at the same time for 5 seconds. The control panel will let up, which signals that the control board has been reset and the dishwasher is ready to run.

If the dishwasher still won’t change the cycle even after resetting the control board, then the entire control panel may have gone bad. A bad control panel cannot be fixed and will need to be replaced.

GE Dishwasher Won’t Cancel Cycle

Man putting plates in the dishwasher

When you click on the cancel button, you expect the dishwasher to cancel the current cycle. So it’s only natural to become frustrated at the lack of response from your kitchen appliance when you push the cancel button. 

A GE dishwasher that won’t cancel a cycle is usually caused by a damaged control panel. Control panels can malfunction or become damaged overtime due to misuse, moisture, or just everyday use. To fix this problem, the control panel will need to be replaced. 

When the control panel stops working, there is unfortunately no easy fix. The control panel will need to be replaced. While the cost of a replacement control panel isn’t too high, trying to do the job yourself can be a bit difficult, especially if you’re not comfortable working on kitchen appliances. Thankfully, most dishwasher repair technicians are no stranger to replacing control panels and can usually have the issue fixed in a few hours. 

GE Dishwasher Won’t Complete/Finish Full Cycle

Woman putting plates in the dishwasher

You open your dishwasher to remove the clean dishes only to be faced with half-clean dishes and food stuck on silverware. You look at the control panel and notice the dishwasher didn’t complete the entire wash cycle. What could cause the dishwasher to not complete the full cycle?

When your GE dishwasher won’t complete/finish a full cycle, the issue is usually caused by the motor overheating. Making sure you have the area in front of the dishwasher clear will help prevent overheating of the motor due to blocked airflow. 

Let the dishwasher cool completely before trying to run the cycle again. If the issue was caused by blocked airflow leading to an overheating motor, the dishwasher will start functioning properly once the motor has cooled.

Another cause of a GE dishwasher that won’t complete a full cycle is that the appliance detects a leak. Some models of dishwashers have this safety feature that, if it detects a leak, the machine will automatically turn off. Check to ensure your dishwasher isn’t leaking by inspecting the seals around the door, as well as the hoses. Fix any leaks you notice before running the dishwasher.

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ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on March 30, 2022.

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