[Check these first!!!]: GE Dishwasher not starting

If you own a GE dishwasher, your GE dishwasher not starting is an issue anyone can face. Sometimes, the issue might come from the power source or the circuit breaker. While in some other cases, the issue could come from the GE dishwasher. However, you need to be aware of pointers such as the display light status, and your button presses giving off sounds.

That said, I will be breaking down the reasons why you are stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting if the display light is ON and also if the display light isn’t ON.

How to Troubleshooting: GE Dishwasher not Starting

Below, I will be starting with the steps you should take if you are stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting. Probably, your GE Dishwasher display light isn’t coming on and the keys are not giving off any sound.

1 . Lack of Power Supply to your GE Dishwasher

Lack of Power Supply to your GE Dishwasher

If your GE Dishwasher isn’t getting any power, it could be due to different reasons such as a burnt wire, your circuit breaker has tripped off, the power source your Dishwasher is connected to is faulty, or the power cables are not correctly installed.

Now, you want to inspect for any of these issues to ensure that power is going into your Dishwasher. But when checking for a brunet wire, it is safe to do that with the Dishwasher Off to prevent electrical hazards.

In any of these cases, you want to inspect for all these.

However while checking for a burnt wire, ensure you do that with the dishwasher turned off to avoid electrical hazards.

However, if the power is supplied to our GE dishwasher and you are still stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting move to the next troubleshooting step.

2 . Check if Child Lock is ON

The “Child-Lock” is a safety feature that comes with the GE Dishwasher to prevent children from tampering with the Dishwasher. With the “child-lock” turned on children will not be able to turn ON/OFF your GE dishwasher.

That said, you want to check if the “Child-Lock” feature isn’t turned on since it won’t work if it is ON. 

To turn it OFF, press the child lock button for 3 seconds to turn it OFF.

3 . The Dishwasher Door is not properly closed

The Dishwasher Door not Properly closed

If your dishwasher door is not properly closed, it won’t work properly when you power it on from its outlet. In scenarios like this, the display light will come on while the button will give off some sounds, however, it won’t start a wash cycle.

Apart from a properly closed door, another thing you have to check is the door switch.

You want to ensure that the door switch is mechanically activated when never the door closes. So you have to inspect everything possible if the door isn’t closing properly.

4 . Touchpad Not Working

If you have a model with an LCD which uses a touchpad. Sometimes your GE dishwasher may not come on due to a faulty touchpad. If you are unsure of this, try pressing all the buttons on the touchpad to see if you get any response. 

If there are no responses, then the touchpad might either be broken or needs repair.

5 . Dishwasher Cycle Settings

In some instances, the cycle settings on your GE dishwasher could stop it from starting. However, it might come on. To resolve this issue, you only have to reset your GE Dishwasher.

If you are unsure of how to do that, here is how you can go about it.

  • On your GE dishwasher, press the Start/Reset button or Start/Restart Button. 
  • After doing this, the cycle will be cancelled while allowing the water in the system to start draining
  • While the water is coming out, the light will begin to blink indicating the reset process is ongoing.
  • Once the light stops blinking, the dishwasher will be reset. 
  • Now you can turn on the dishwasher to start it

That said if you are still stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting move to the next troubleshooting step.

6 . Issues with the Water Supply

Your GE dishwasher requires water to work. So you should check that your water valve is turned on. However, if you’ve turned it ON, yet the water isn’t supplied to the unit, then you might have a faulty water valve. 

Apart from the fact that the water valve can go faulty and not supply water into the unit, the water valve can also go faulty and supply excessive water into the unit thereby causing leakages. 

For leakages with your dishwasher, you want to check here

That said, you might not be able to carry out a check on your own, so you should request a repair from the GE Dishwasher service provider if it hasn’t exceeded a year since you purchased the dishwasher or, call the services of an electrician.

7 . Faulty Thermal Fuse

Now, this troubleshooting step might not be easy to carry out. However, if you’ve tried starting your GE dishwasher and there is no display light, or the keys give off no sound. One of the reasons for this is a burnt thermal fuse. 

The thermal fuse prevents the system from overheating. Once it starts to overheat, it rips off the whole system. 

So if the thermal fuse has tripped off the GE dishwasher won’t start. 

8 . Defective Drive Motor

One of the things you might not be watching out for is a defective dry motor, If you noticed the motor giving off a humming sound the last time you used the dishwasher, it might be the reason why it is not starting. 

The driver motor has one job, which is to circulate water throughout the system to keep everything clean. 

Now, if your dishwasher isn’t coming on after the start relay sends power to the motor, your drive motor could be defective.

If after checking for all these and you are still stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting, or you are facing any electrical issue that you can’t resolve on your own, then you should request a repair from GE company if it hasn’t exceeded a year since you purchased the dishwasher else, call the services of an electrician

GE Dishwasher won’t start but has power

In a scenario where your GE dishwasher display light is ON and your GE dishwasher Keys are giving out some sound, then the issues with your GE dishwasher are related to its power. 

Below are some of the common things you should check for if you are stuck with your GE dishwasher not starting but has power

  • Check for a properly closed door.
  • Check if the door is well latched.
  • Check for a broken thermal fuse
  • Check for a working touchpad
  • Check for a defective water valve
  • Check if Child-lock is not ON

GE Profile Dishwasher Troubleshooting Control Panel

The control panel is a delicate part of your GE dishwasher. If you are facing any issues such as an error code or the GE dishwasher not starting. The easiest way to resolve this is by resetting the Dishwasher.

To reset the dishwasher, you have to press the reset button for 3 seconds while waiting for the LED light to stop blinking to complete the reset process.

However, you can also reset the Dishwasher by simply unplugging the power Cable/Adapter from the walls socket for at least 10 seconds and then plugging it back

How to start GE profile dishwasher

How to start GE profile dishwasher

Every GE dishwasher comes with a “Start Reset” or a “Start/Restart” button depending on the model. If you want to start your GE dishwasher to begin a wash cycle, you only need to press the reset button.

GE Dishwasher not Running Full Cycle

If your GE dishwasher isn’t running full cycle, it means it is stopping midway after initiating a full cycle. If that is what you are experiencing, here are the things you ought to do to resolve that.

1 . Restart a New Cycle

Sometimes, the power linking to your GE dishwasher might be interrupted, hence causing a stop during a washing cycle. It could come from the power adapter or other components supplying power to the Unit.

However, you might not be sure of this but it is one of the common cause and the way to resolve it is to restart a new cycle and see if stop midway.

2 . Reset the GE Dishwasher

Sometimes you might have an issue with your circuit breaker, which could in turn affect the power supply to the dishwasher. This could happen if you have a short power outage, which could sometimes be inevitable. 

In cases like this, you can simply reset the circuit breaker by turning off the circuit breaker for 30 seconds and then turning it ON after a while.

3 . Dishwasher door not properly closed

Maybe the door isn’t latching very well or the gasket is loose. You might experience the door opening during a wash cycle which in turn stops the cycle midway.

So you want to ensure that the Dishwasher door is properly closed while also inspecting the latch, the switches and the gasket /Door seal to ensure they are all okay.

4 . Leak Detection

This might not be common with all GE dishwasher models. However, some models will trip off the cycle once a leak is detected. In scenarios like this, The control panel will say “LEAK DETECTED” and begin pumping water out of the system. 

If you are faced with this, you can check here for some tips on how to resolve a leaking GE Dishwasher.

How do you reset a GE dishwasher that won’t start?

There are two ways to reset your GE dishwasher. 

  • You can either press the “Start/Reset” button for 3 seconds or the “Start/ Restart” button 
  • After doing that a Red light will begin to blink. This will continue for close to 2 minutes. 
  • Once the reset is completed the blinking will stop

The other way to carry out a reset is to unplug the dishwasher from its power source while waiting for at least 10 seconds before plugging it back on.

Is there a reset button on GE dishwashers?

Yes, there is. In some models, you will see a Start/Reset button while in some you will see a Start/Restart Button. Both are reset buttons.


By now, you should have figured out the reason behind your GE dishwasher not starting and the appropriate troubleshooting steps you can carry out. 

While some might be easy to do on your own, some might require the services of a repairman. 

That said, your GE Dishwasher comes with a 1-year warranty so you should take advantage of it anytime your Dishwahewr fails to work since GE promises a Free repair service cost or replacement cost of any defective parts. 


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