Ge Dishwasher Won’t Start Just Beeps? Try These Fixes

Ge Dishwasher Won't Start Just Beeps

Recently, many GE dishwasher owners have been experiencing an issue of their dishwasher not starting, it will only make a beeping sound.

Why Does GE Dishwasher Just Beep and Not Start?

This is a fairly common issue experienced by GE dishwasher owners, and while it would simplify things if there was one end-all answer to this problem, unfortunately, there are many possible reasons.

Some of these reasons are more straightforward than others; however, we will guide you through them all the same. While one reason may be as simple as making sure the door latches, other possibilities may include power issues.

An important thing to note here is that there is a beeping sound and with GE appliances, this can mean several different possibilities.

The meaning of the beep surprisingly depends on the pattern and also the length of the beeping sound. You likely use your dishwasher quite often and you do not always have the extra time to hand-wash all of your dirty dishes.

Not only can hand-washing your dishes be time-consuming but it can also waste more water than if you use a smart technology dishwasher such as the GE dishwasher.

1. The Door Is Not Latched

One of the main and most common causes for a GE dishwasher to make a beeping sound and to also not start the machine’s wash cycle is that the door is not latched.

The best way to distinguish this beep sound from all of the others is to count the time between each beep. With this in mind, if your GE dishwasher makes the beep sounds every 30 seconds, it is not only possible that you did not close the dishwasher door completely, but it is quite likely since this is easy to do.

What is more, is that the door latch for the dishwasher could be broken or damaged, which of course, means that the dishwasher door will not be able to close completely.

This will result in the GE dishwasher alerting you that the dishwasher door has not been closed, which it will do by beeping every 30 seconds. This will certainly stop the dishwasher from beginning the machine’s wash cycle or prevent it from starting.

Fix – Examine The GE Dishwasher Door

If you believe that the dishwasher door is to blame for the 30-second interval beeping and the machine not starting, you will want to examine the dishwasher door to see what is preventing it from latching closed.

There are several possibilities that could cause the door to not shut completely, one of these chances is that there is a misplaced dish that is catching on the top of the dishwasher or on the side that is preventing the door from shutting.

Make sure to check all of the dishes on the racks to be certain that all of the dishes fit properly and are not protruding out of the side of the dish rack or are making contact with the ceiling of the dishwasher machine.

This can cause one of the dish racks to stick out enough to make closing the door difficult, which will also cause the GE dishwasher to beep.

Another possible reason for the dishwasher door to not close properly is that you are dealing with a defective door latch, as this latch can become clogged, damaged, or even broken.

This means the dishwasher door will be registered as being entirely shut, which will trigger the 30-second interval beeping sound and will also prevent the appliance from starting. The door latch is an integral part of the door, as the door will not close and lock without a functioning door latch.

This means you will want to either get the dishwasher door latch (view on Amazon) replaced or repaired, which if you consider yourself a DIYer, you can do by yourself.

How To Replace GE Dishwasher Door Latch

Important Note: Any time you are working/repairing an electrically powered appliance, be sure to turn off the power supply for the appliance, which you can do by switching the circuit breaker in your home’s breaker box.

Step 1. The first thing you will want to do is to use a screwdriver to unscrew all of the screws that secure the inner and outer door panels together.

Step 2. Now, you can separate the panels. Next, use a screwdriver to press the latch release on the old dishwasher door latch and move the handle to the middle to safely remove the assembly from the inner panel.

Step 3. Next, you are going to want to prepare the new latch for installation by first switching the handle/lever from the old latch to the new one, which you can do by removing the single screw that holds the lever to the assembly, then slide the lever into the appropriate holding slot on the new door latch and use a screwdriver to screw in the single screw that holds the lever on the new door latch.

Step 4. Make sure that the handle is centered as you insert the latch hook into the hole on the inner panel, then push the assembly into place.

Now, you can realign the inner and outer door panels, then use the screwdriver to screw back in the screws that secure the inner and outer door panels. Be aware that the fine thread screws are meant for the two bottom screw holes.

Step 5. Now that you have installed the new door latch for your dishwasher, you can now turn the power back on in the breaker box.

If you correctly followed the steps provided above, you will now have a new door latch on your GE dishwasher and you should have no trouble with it completely closing.

2. The Power Surge Beeping

If you recently experienced a power surge, the GE dishwasher will make the beep sound endlessly and the dishwasher will also not start. In order to stop the beeping sound, you will need to turn the appliance off.

Keep in mind, that your GE dishwasher will also beep for 60 to 90 seconds while it is powering down.

Once the beeping has stopped, the GE dishwasher is completely turned off. However, if the beeping does not stop and the dishwasher also shows blinking lights, it is very possible that there is an issue with the GE appliance.

If the blinking lights and beeping stop, you can attempt to run a wash cycle to test if the GE dishwasher is still functioning properly.

Fix – Restart The GE Dishwasher

If you believe that your GE dishwasher is having issues due to a recent power surge, the most valid option you have is to power-cycle the dishwasher, also known as restarting the dishwasher.

Luckily, this fixing method is quite simple, as all you will need to do is turn off the GE appliance by unplugging the power cord from the wall outlet it is plugged into, then wait for a couple of minutes.

After waiting for the appropriate amount of time, you can plug the power cord back into the wall outlet, then turn the GE dishwasher back on.

If this method of power-cycling the dishwasher does not seem to work, you can also try manually restarting the dishwasher by switching the circuit breaker for the appliance in your home’s breaker box.

Another option is to execute a factory reset on your GE dishwasher. Now, depending on the model of the GE dishwasher you have the location of the reset button can vary.

Typically the reset button will be near the door on the face of the GE appliance; however, you may have a model which requires you to open the dishwasher door to locate the reset button. In this case, the reset button will most likely be on the top of the door.

If you are having trouble finding the reset button on your GE dishwasher, you can check the appliance manual, which will also provide directions for resetting your specific GE dishwasher model.

3. Overabundance of Water Beep

It is very possible that your GE dishwasher is making beep sounds and not starting the wash cycle due to excess water within the dishwasher.

This will not only trigger a beep sound alert but it will also prevent the dishwasher from beginning a wash cycle.

This feature is put in place to prevent the appliance from flooding, this very well could be the issue that you are experiencing with your GE dishwasher.

Fix – Check Dishwasher For Excess Water

The reason why your GE dishwasher is consecutively beeping and will also not begin a wash cycle is that there is too much leftover water still in the dishwasher.

This may be an annoying feature but it is also to prevent the appliance from flooding over. If you believe this is the case, you will want to soak up the excess water, which you can do by using clean, absorbent towels that will suck up the extra water.

This way if you are still experiencing issues with your GE dishwasher and you have removed all of the residue water, you can count this out as being a possible issue.

4. Comprised Components

It is also possible that the beeping alerts are indicating that there is a broken or faulty component on your GE dishwasher.

Now, the fact that the dishwasher will not start does not necessarily mean that it is strictly a door mechanism such as the latch or door sensor.

Instead, this could be one of many parts that make up your dishwasher such as one or both of the spray arms, the water inlet valve, or possibly even the circulation pump/motor. If any one of these components is compromised it can hinder the function of your GE dishwasher.

Fix – Examine Dishwasher (Inside & Out)

If you believe that the issue could be caused by a compromised part, you should check your dishwasher inside and out for any possible damage.

As we previously mentioned, this could be caused by a number of different components such as the water inlet valve, which will be located towards the bottom of the door to the left-hand side if you are looking straight at the dishwasher with the door open.

This inlet valve can be blocked or damaged, if it is compromised by the damage you will need to employ the services of a licensed appliance repair technician.

5. Incorrect Detergent or Too Much Detergent

It is feasible that you may have selected the wrong detergent, coarse salt, or rinse aid for your GE dishwasher.

This can also result in your dishwasher making beeping noises along with not functioning properly, which is because some products are not suitable for use with your GE dishwasher.

It is also possible that you may have used too much detergent, rinse aid, or coarse salt, as this can also cause such a reaction. The same could be said for if you do not have enough or any detergent in the detergent dispenser.

Fix – Refer to Product Suggestions

A user manual likely came with your GE dishwasher and you will want to locate the said manual, as this can inform you about which and exactly how much detergent to use with your GE dishwasher.

It is very vital that you do use the correct detergent for your dishwasher and it is equally important how much of the said detergent you should use.

Since if you put too much product, the appliance will likely either not function properly or it will start the wash cycle at all.


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