GE Dishwasher Won’t Start Just Beeps? (here’s what to do)

Any unfamiliar sound created by your dishwasher can be worrying. You’re probably already thinking about expensive repair bills or the cost of a new appliance.

Before you start looking for a new dishwasher, take the time to read this short article. If you own a GE dishwasher which won’t start but keeps beeping it might have a really easy to fix problem.

In this article we take a close look at what could cause your GE dishwasher to fail to start and keep on beeping and offer solutions to those issues. Many of which can be performed by anyone without any specialised DIY skills or technical knowledge.

Why Won’t My GE Dishwasher Start but Keeps Beeping?

There are a number of reasons why your GE dishwasher won’t start but keeps beeping which include;

Probable CauseSolution
Power SurgeReset The Dishwasher
Dishwasher Turning OffAllow the dishwasher to turn off fully before starting a cycle
Unlatched DoorCheck that the door is fully closed
Too Much Water DetectedRemove excess water before starting the dishwasher and check for any drainage issues
Not Enough Water DetectedCheck the water inlet system for any faults or blockages
Faulty Spray ArmInspect and replace any damaged spray arms
Too Much Or Wrong Type Of Detergent UsedAlways use the correct detergent in the right quantity

Let’s take a closer look at each of these issues;

Power Surge

If your GE dishwasher experiences a power surge, it will beep continuously to notify you of the issue. You will need to turn it off and disconnect the power supply for around 10 minutes to clear this fault.

Once the power has been restored, the dishwasher should work properly again.

Dishwasher Turning Off

person pressing a button on dishwasher control panel

When your GE dishwasher is turning off it will beep for anywhere between 60 to 90 seconds. Once this beeping stops, the appliance is completely turned off.

It’s only after the dishwasher has completely turned off that you can start a new cycle.

Unlatched Door

If the beeping sound is repeated every 30 seconds or so, it’s indicating that the door isn’t latched correctly. This could be caused by a number of things including;

The Door Isn’t Fully Closed

The door might not be fully closed due to a wayward plate, utensil or pot handle preventing it from closing properly. Or there might be a buildup of dirt, food particles, detergent or limescale in the door seal which is preventing the door from closing correctly.

You will need to rearrange the dishes, utensils or pots and check that the door gasket is clean and free from any obstruction.

The Door Latch Is Defective

The problem could also be due to the door latch or strike plate becoming out of alignment. This could be due to wear or the door hinges have twisted slightly.

Check that the door latch and strike plate connect properly as the door closes and that the hinges look straight and true.

The Door Sensor Is Defective

It could be that the door sensor has developed a fault and is not registering when the door is closed. This is a job best left to a technician to investigate and replace if necessary.

Too Much Water Detected


If the dishwasher’s sensors detect too much water in the dishwasher, it will beep to notify you of a problem. If this is the cause, the appliance won’t start until the excess water has been removed.

You will need to check the drainage system for any clogs or blockages including;

  • The filter
  • Drain hose
  • Drain pump
  • Check valve

Not Enough Water Detected

The beeping could also be caused by the sensors detecting insufficient water in the dishwasher. If this is the case, you will need to check the following;

  • The inlet hose isn’t twisted kinked or clogged
  • The inlet tap is fully open
  • The inlet valve is functioning properly
  • The home’s water supply is adequate

Faulty Spray Arm

The beeping could also indicate that the spray arms have developed a fault. This could be due to them becoming unattached from the central spindle which would prevent water from flowing through the spray arms.

Or the spray arm could be dirty and the nozzles blocked with either food particles, grease or limescale deposits. You will need to inspect and clean the spray arms using warm soapy water.

The nozzles can be unblocked using a cocktail stick or toothpick. Just ensure that you remove the blockage and not force it back into the nozzle further.

Too Much Or Wrong Type Of Detergent Used

dishwasher pods

If you use too much detergent it can cause the internal sensors to think there is excessive water remaining in the dishwasher. This could cause the beeping noise as the dishwasher warns you that a problem has been detected.

Using the wrong type of detergent like washing up liquid for example could result in the same issue. Always ensure that you use the correct type and quantity of detergent to ensure your GE dishwasher runs smoothly.

SEE ALSO: How to Reset a GE Dishwasher (easiest way)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my GE dishwasher beeping and not starting?

If your GE dishwasher is beeping but not starting it could be because; it has experienced a power surge, it is in the process of turning off, the door is unlatched or the door sensor is faulty, there is excess water in the tub, there is not enough water entering the dishwasher, the spray arm is faulty or you have used an incorrect type or too much detergent.

How can I reset My GE dishwasher?

To reset a GE dishwasher all you need to do is disconnect the power supply for 10 to 15 minutes to allow any residual power to dissipate. Once the power is restored, the appliance should have reset. If the problem recurs soon afterwards, you will need to get the issue investigated further.

How long does it take to reset a GE dishwasher?

Some experts suggest allowing 30 seconds is long enough to reset a GE dishwasher but in our experience you are more likely to succeed if you allow at least 10 minutes before reconnecting the power supply.

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