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Troubleshoot GE Dishwasher Beeping

GE is a well known brand that makes high quality home appliances. GE dishwashers like most dishwashers will let you know if there’s an issue by beeping, and in some cases the lights on the controls will flash. Today, I will explain exactly why this happens, and how to get it to stop beeping.

Generally, wait for 2 minutes first and see if it stops beeping on its own. If it continues to beep the door may not be closed all the way. After this, if it continues to beep then restart it by disconnecting it from the power, then refer to your owner’s manual to see what the specific beeping means.

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During a brief or prolonged power outage a GE dishwasher will restart once the power is restored. This will cause it to beep for about 2 minutes. Below, I will explain each of these steps in more detail so you know exactly what to do, as well as show where to find your owners manual online if neither of the fixes stops your GE dishwasher from beeping.

GE Dishwasher Beeping

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A helpful feature of GE dishwashers is that if there’s an issue with them they will begin beeping. However, when it does happen you need to know how to diagnose why it’s beeping, so that it no longer beeps. Here’s what to do when your GE dishwasher is beeping or after it has beeped.

As a general rule, wait for 2 minutes for the beeping to stop. After that, if it’s still beeping then ensure the door is closed completely. Then disconnect the power to your dishwasher and connect it again to restart it. After that check your owners manual to see what the beeping means.

Here’s a list of the steps you should perform when your GE dishwasher is beeping.

1. Check that it’s restarting itself by waiting 2 minutes

If power is disconnected to your GE dishwasher while it’s running when it starts up again it will start the cycle again. When it does it it will start the cycle by draining any water in the bottom of the dishwasher which can take 2 minutes. During this time it can beep a few times, and the lights on the ‘start’ button will flash.

A momentary power cut could have occurred, and your GE dishwasher is restarting the cycle. Therefore, wait 2 minutes to see if this is what happened. Then move on to the next step.

2. Make sure the door is closed completely

If the door is open after a minute or two a GE dishwasher will begin beeping to let you know that it’s open. This is a safety feature to stop pets and small children from injuring themselves. As you are likely aware, when you close the dishwasher door all the way it will give a reassuring click.

It’s possible you or someone in your household was in a bit of a rush or didn’t close the door firmly enough to close it fully. Open the door and press it closed again to see if the beeping has stopped.

3. Restart your GE dishwasher by disconnecting the power

A GE dishwasher has a small internal computer. Like all computers it can glitch and restarting it can fix minor issues, therefore, if it’s still beeping and you’re not sure why an easy and quick thing to do is restart it. This is done by disconnecting the power to your dishwasher.

If you have access to the wall outlet that your GE dishwasher is plugged into then unplug it. Or turn it off at the wall outlet. Otherwise, turn off the circuit breaker at your switchboard/fuse box.

And then turn it on again. When you do that it will take 2 minutes to return back to normal and similar to if there was a power outage it can beep during this time but will then stop.

4. Check the spray arms aren’t blocked by some utensils

It’s very common when stacking a dishwasher for a cup, bowl, plate, or utensil to stick up too high. This can block the spray arm at the top of the dishwasher. A utensil can also fall in a way that it blocks the spray arm at the bottom of the dishwasher.

If the spray arms can’t rotate freely it will cause your dishwasher to stop and beep. Check that the spray arms can spin freely, and move anything out of the way if they can’t.

5. Only press the start button once – twice will make it restart and beep

This step is a bit of general knowledge but it’s very easy to accidentally press the start button more than once. Especially, if you’re not sure if you pressed it the first time. The start button and the restart button are the same on most GE dishwashers.

So, if you accidentally press it twice it will restart your GE dishwasher. During this time it will beep a few times for 2 minutes as it restarts.

6. Check what the beep code means in the owner’s manual

Each beep code is a bit unique. For example, it can beep 2 or 3 times. The way your GE dishwasher beeps indicates what the issue is.

To see what the issue is refer to the specific owners manual for your GE dishwasher. You need to put in what your model number is.

Below where you put in your model number it has a link where it shows you how to find the model number for your dishwasher.

GE Dishwasher Beeping and Will Not Start

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To start a GE dishwasher you press the ‘start’ button. After you press the start button there can be an issue with your GE dishwasher and it will beep and not start at all. If you run into this problem with your GE dishwasher this is what you should do to get it to start or identify what the issue is.

Generally, the door is not closed completely, your GE dishwasher restarting itself, or one of the components has failed. Ensure the door is closed completely, and wait for 2 minutes in case it is restarting itself. Following that, check your owners manual to see what the beep code means.

If a component such as the suction motor – also called an impeller – has failed your GE dishwasher may not start. But, there are a few reasons why this can occur and it’s likely you won’t need to replace an internal component in your GE dishwasher.

Scroll to the top of this article and follow the step by step instructions there. There are 6 steps in total.

GE Dishwasher Keeps Beeping and Flashing Orange Light

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There is an orange or yellow light on the front of GE dishwashers. When there’s a problem with your GE dishwasher it will flash, and typically your GE dishwasher will not start. To fix this issue these are the steps you want to take.

Overall, you should start by restarting your GE dishwasher, and ensure that the door is closed all the way. If the flashing orange/yellow light persists then it’s very likely one of the components has gone bad. In this case contact GE support to enquire about the repair procedure.

Some sources online have suggested that this is either a faulty door latch or a faulty main control board. However, without taking apart your GE dishwasher and checking each of these components it’s impossible to say for sure.

For this reason it’s best to contact GE support if doing a restart and checking that the door is completely closed does not solve the issue. I’ve provided step by step instructions for how to do each of these steps, as well as some other helpful steps that are worth trying for this issue at the top of this article. Scroll to the top of this article and start with step 1 and do each of the steps one by one.

GE Dishwasher Beeping After Cycle

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As your GE dishwasher is doing a wash and dry cycle it shouldn’t beep unless there’s an issue with your GE dishwasher. When it completes the cycle it can beep to let you know that it’s finished. However, if it continues to beep then this is what you should do to see if there’s a problem with your GE dishwasher.

Overall, this can be part of the normal operation of your GE dishwasher, and you should ignore it if the cycle completes and the dishes are perfectly clean. Otherwise, the door can not be completely closed, and if it is, refer to your owners manual to see what the beep code means.

There are different ways a GE dishwasher can beep. The owner’s manual for your GE dishwasher has a list of what the different beep codes mean. But, there are a range of issues that could cause it.

At the start of this article are a list of steps that you should do to stop it from beeping. It also explains where to find the owners manual for your GE dishwasher on the official GE website so you can see what the beep code means.

GE Dishwasher Beeping Normal Wash

There are a few different wash settings you can set a GE dishwasher to. Before a wash cycle starts, during the wash cycle, and afterwards a GE dishwasher can beep to notify you of an issue or if the cycle has finished. On a normal wash cycle this is what to do if your GE dishwasher starts beeping.

As a general rule, restart your GE dishwasher by disconnecting it from the wall outlet or by turning it off at the switchboard, wait for 1 minute then connect it to the power again. If the beeping sound is still happening refer to your owners manual to see what the specific beep sequence means.

Each beep sequence and when it occurs during the wash cycle indicates what the issue is for example the outlet hose is clogged. Each model can have a unique beep depending on what the issue is so GE recommends taking a look at the beep codes in the owner’s manual for your specific GE dishwasher model. There are a few other steps that you should try that I’ve listed at the top of this article.

Do each of the steps starting with step 1, one by one. They are very easy to do. The last step has a link for where to find an online version of the owners manual for your GE dishwasher.

GE Dishwasher Beeping During Drying Cycle

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A GE dishwasher will do a rinse, wash, and dry cycle during a full wash cycle. In rare cases there can be a malfunction with a GE dishwasher that will cause it to beep. This is how to troubleshoot a GE dishwasher when it’s beeping during a drying cycle.

Overall, this is because one of the components is faulty or the drain pump is having problems draining the water due to a clog. Begin by restarting your GE dishwasher by disconnecting it from the power, and then reconnect it again. If the beeping happens again, contact GE support.

If the beeping happens again after a restart it’s very likely one of the components is faulty. However, it can also be because the screen/filters at the bottom of the dishwasher are clogged with food particles. These can be easily cleaned using hot soapy water in the sink and an old toothbrush.

When they’re clogged this causes water to remain pooled at the bottom of the dishwasher. Your GE dishwasher will register that there is still water at the bottom of your dishwasher and beep to tell you that it’s having problems draining. Eventually the water can drain out. Refer to your owners manual to see how to remove the screen and filter at the bottom of your dishwasher to clean it.

If the screens are cleared there can also be a clog in the outlet pipes. But, this requires you to pull the entire dishwasher out in most cases. For the most part this is best done by having a repair technician do it for you unless you have a bit of DIY experience, or have pulled a dishwasher out before.

I’ve included a list of steps that you should do first before contacting GE support to have a repair technician take a look at it. They are listed at the top of this article.

Start with step 3 which is to do a restart of your GE dishwasher, and see if the beeping noise has stopped. If it’s still beeping, do each step one by one and check after each step if the beeping has stopped.

GE Dishwasher Start Button Blinking and Beeping

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After you do a wash and dry cycle on a GE dishwasher none of the lights should be blinking. However, the start button will blink and beep normally for a few reasons. Here’s what they are.

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As a general rule, this is your GE dishwasher restarting. This occurs if you press that ‘start’ button twice instead of once. After 2 minutes your GE dishwasher will start the wash cycle. It can also occur if the power to your GE dishwasher was disconnected momentarily.

This could happen if the circuit breaker switched off and then on again, or there was a momentary power outage. The current cycle that your GE dishwasher is doing will be paused when this occurs, and it will resume once your GE dishwasher has restarted. The restart makes sure everything is fine before the wash cycle resumes.

For example, a power outage could occur half way through a cycle when the bottom of your dishwasher is still filled with water. If it begins again from the start while your dishwasher is like this it can cause your dishwasher to overflow. Therefore, when the restart is triggered, your GE dishwasher will check everything for a few minutes and then start from the beginning of the cycle again.

During this time it will beep and the start button will blink. You should simply wait for a few minutes until it starts again. If it continues to happen then you should restart your GE dishwasher.

I’ve explained how to do this at the start of this article. Go to the top of this article and do the numbered steps. But, skip step 2, and instead start with step 1, and then do step 3 and each of the steps after that.

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GE Dishwasher Beeping When Not in Use

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Just before a wash cycle, and after a wash cycle it can be normal for a GE dishwasher to beep to tell you it’s starting or the wash cycle has ended. But, after that it should beep at all unless there’s an issue with it that needs looking into. Here’s a summary of why a GE dishwasher will beep when not in use, and what to do when this happens.

Generally, this is because the door isn’t closed all the way. If it continues to beep after the door is closed, it’s possible the start button was pressed twice. This restarts your GE dishwasher and it will beep a few times for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes if it’s still beeping do the steps below.

Refer to the owners manual for your specific model of GE dishwasher. There are a few different beeps, for example it can beep twice or it can beep three times. Each type of beep sequence means something different so see what your owners manual says the problem is.

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