Your dishwasher is loaded and the detergent dispenser is full, but when you click the Start button, nothing happens. Is this something you’ve heard before? Though a GE dishwasher not turning on can be alarming, there’s no reason to be concerned. Checking for frequent causes like power outages and wrong cycle settings can quickly and easily repair the problem.
So, what do you do if your GE dishwasher won’t start? The root of the problem can be found by troubleshooting the most likely causes. While some may require professional assistance, many may be fixed at home.
Dishwasher Isn’t Working
A power issue rather than a dishwasher failure can cause a GE dishwasher to not start. Check the power sources in your dishwasher first to make sure they’re working properly:
- Ensure that the dishwasher is connected to a working electrical outlet.
- Verify that the power switch is turned on. Switches are frequently found under the sink or beside the dishwasher on the wall.
- Check for tripped breakers or blown fuses in your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box. Replace any blown fuses or reposition any tripped breakers.
Water Availability Issues
When your GE dishwasher won’t start, it could be due to a lack of water supply. Make sure the dishwasher’s water supply valve is turned on, and inspect the water supply hose for kinks or tears. While kinks in the line can be gently straightened, a damaged or leaky hose must be replaced.
A faulty water inlet valve could be the cause of a GE dishwasher not starting if the supply valve and hose are working properly. This valve opens and closes as needed to allow water into the dishwasher at the appropriate times during the wash cycle. We recommend having a professional inspect and replace the water inlet valve as necessary.
Dishwasher cycle settings that are incorrect
Make sure a cycle is selected before running your dishwasher. Until a cycle is selected, the dishwasher will not start. Meanwhile, some settings, such as the GE dishwasher’s child lock setting or the Delay Start feature, can prevent the dishwasher from starting right away. Check the display codes on your control panel to check if these options are available. Any selected cycle can be disabled by holding down the Start button for three seconds.
The GE dishwasher display may not work properly in some circumstances because of moisture or damage to the control panel, inhibiting cycle selection. We recommend having an expert check the display and, if necessary, replace it.
The Dishwasher Door Isn’t Locked
Finally, if the dishwasher door is correctly secured, it will start. Check to see if anything is blocking the door. Knowing how to properly load dishes ensures that the door closes properly. Verify that the door is completely closed and that the latch is engaged.
If your GE dishwasher won’t start even though the door is closed properly, the door latch or switch may be broken. The door switch will not indicate the dishwasher to start if the door latch is broken. Even if the latch is engaged, the door switch could be defective, failing to send the electronic signal that begins the dishwasher. In either situation, both components will need to be replaced by a professional.
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