GE Dishwasher Flashing Lights And Beeping – How To Reset GE Dishwasher?

Does your GE Dishwasher have Blinking Lights or Beeping Sounds? Most GE Dishwashers that have a control panel can display blinking lights or have audible beeping noises. The blinking lights and the beeping sounds indicate certain issues with the many model number GE dishwashers. There is a common way to reset most GE dishwashers. Find the information you need below to reset the dishwasher and stop the lights from flashing.

GE Dishwasher Flashing Lights And Beeping - How To Reset GE DishwasherGE Dishwasher Flashing Lights And Beeping – How To Reset GE Dishwasher

How to Reset Flashing lights and Beeping Noises for most GE dishwashers models:

If you have blinking lights on the display panel of your GE dishwasher: Try pressing the START/RESET button. If this does not reset the dishwasher and stop the blinking lights or beeping sounds, then simply unplug or remove power to the dishwasher for 10 minutes. Plug the dishwasher back in and it should be reset and ready to begin a wash cycle.

GE Dishwasher - All Lights Are On - BlinkingGE Dishwasher – All Lights Are On – Blinking

When your GE dishwasher wash cycle will not start and all the lights are on, the START/RESET button may have been pressed more than once. Pressing the button once starts the cycle. Pressing the button twice resets the dishwasher.

If ALL the lights are either blinking or constantly ON, the START button on the dishwashers display was accidentally PRESSED MORE THAN ONCE. (Only press the START button 1 time when you begin a wash cycle) To stop the flashing lights or steady ON lights, press the START button 1 more time to resume normal operation. This should get the dishwasher working again. NOTE: The GE dishwasher wash cycle can always be canceled by pressing the START/RESET button.

GE Dishwasher - Press START button Once To Start - Twice To RESETGE Dishwasher – Press START button Once To Start – Twice To RESET

If there is a power failure, the START button may blink when the power comes back ON. Pressing the START button once again should reset the dishwasher. Once the START/RESET button is selected, the drain pump will remove any residual water left over in the bottom of the dishwasher. When the drain pump is pumping out the leftover water, the START/RESET button will blink. Wait for the dishwasher to remove any leftover water. After the dishwasher removes the water, it should be back to normal and you can begin a normal wash cycle.

If you hear a beeping noise every 30 seconds, this means the GE dishwasher door was opened during the cycle. Simply shut the door to continue with the wash cycle.

If the START/RESET button light is Blinking, this means the dishwasher has been reset. The blinking light means the dishwasher is in the process of shutting off. The START/RESET button light will blink for 70-90 seconds. NOTE: This will depend on the model number dishwasher you have.

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Blinking lights and beeping sounds can be caused from a power surge. Press the START/RESET button to reset the dishwasher. Wait for 3 minutes and the dishwasher should resume normal operation. If the issue comes back, you can reset the dishwasher by unplugging it for 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Once you plug the dishwasher back in, the dishwasher should resume normal operation.

GE Dishwasher - Heated Dry - Hot Wash - Hot Start - Buttons FlashingGE Dishwasher – Heated Dry – Hot Wash – Hot Start – Buttons Flashing

For GE dishwashers with the model numbers: GDT580, CDT725SSF, GDT720SSF, GDF/GDT/PDT/CDT/DDT/ADT/ZDT:
GE dishwasher model numbers starting with GDF/GDT/PDT/CDT/DDT/ADT/ZDT will BEEP when the the control panel is pressed or the START button is pressed. To turn off the control pad sounds simply press the HEATED DRY BUTTON or the POWER DRY BUTTON 5 times in quick succession. Pressing the buttons 5 times will turn off all sounds.

For GE dishwasher LCD models that have a display (Models GDT580, CDT725SSF, GDT720SSF) Press the HEATED DRY BUTTON or the POWER DRY BUTTON 7 times in 5 seconds. Pressing the buttons 7 times will stop all beeps and noises.

GE Dishwasher - Press Start Button To Resume Wash CycleGE Dishwasher – Press Start Button To Resume Wash Cycle

To fully determine why your GE dishwasher is beeping and has flashing lights, you can find your specific GE dishwasher owner’s manual here.

Do you have an issue with your GE dishwasher flashing lights or beeping noises? Please leave your question below and we can assist you in troubleshooting your dishwasher.


41 thoughts on “GE Dishwasher Flashing Lights And Beeping – How To Reset GE Dishwasher?”

  1. GBT632SSMSS
    RR806199C

    My panel is blinking every light as if I’m changing the options every 1second. The lights will stop on whatever option it lands on when I close the door with a “beep” but won’t start. None of the buttons except the power button works.

  2. I have a 2 year old Model GDF640HMM2ES. I rarely use it, however I do run it once a month or so. The unit will randomly chime and lights come on (START, the lock controls and the cycle lights) multiple times a day. Is this normal? If not, how do I get it to stop?

  3. Door got opened last 14 min of wash I have gotten door closed press start now just blinks and beeps lock controls light on start light flashing and light on door flashing

  4. William McLaughlin

    I have a GE dishwasher, model GDF. The start light is flashing and the dishwasher will not do anything. I’ve pressed start to reset… still blinking. I’ve reset the breaker to the washer, still blinking. Once i reset it, i press start, it starts blinking after about 3 seconds and just continues to blink. There is water in the bottom (not much) and the pump is not coming on to drain it. It just blinks and blinks and nothing else happens. It did this once before, and resetting the breaker fixed it.
    Side note: i can’t unplug it without pulling out my dishwasher and i can’t do that by myself. But i figure resetting the breaker would cure all… but no!

  5. I had this issue and finally found a sequence of reset actions that worked. I was on the verge of thinking I would be buying a new dishwasher this weekend. The symptoms for my dishwasher were: it was blinking every 30 seconds. I could turn it off – but if I closed the dishwasher and tried to start it again, it would start the blinking thing again. I turned off the breaker to the machine several times for extended periods (more than an hour), but the same cycle happened. It wasn’t until I managed to 1) turn the washer off so the power light was on 2) close it 3) turn the breaker off – for me I waited over an hour again 4) and then turn the breaker on and attempt to start it by pressing Start *just once* – like normal – did it work.

  6. My GE dishwasher is not starting and it is making a beeping sound and the lights are flashing. I try everything I think. I shut the breaker off for 30 seconds to 10 minutes. I reset the panel by holding the start button for several seconds and no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions??

  7. Jeffrey Conuel

    I have been battling these same symptoms for the last year. Replaced the door latch and the motherboard…and it worked ok for a little while. Maybe weeks. Then, same stuff. No lights, no response from buttons. I left breaker off all night last night, and no luck this morning when powering back on.

  8. My GE dishwasher won’t wash GDF650SMJ0ES,start light keeps blinking.
    Any thing to do to get it to work?

  9. Nadine Laube-Wheatley

    GE GDT630PFMDS brand new, just put in a few days ago. Every time I start to run it, the light flashes and it beeps 3 times every 30 seconds. Tried unplugging at the power source. Still the same blinking and beeping. Brand spanking new!! So frustrating!!

  10. GE Dishwasher Model Number DDT700SMNOES
    We did all the things above and nothing stops blinking and lights, no buttons work.
    This is a brand new machine.
    How do I fix my GE Dishwasher?

  11. My GE dishwasher start status light and the cycle status light (on front of door) keeps flashing with a beeping sound every minute or so. When I close the door and push start it looks like it’s going to start but about 3-5 seconds later it starts beeping and flashing lights again. I’ve tried everything the manual stated including unplugging and turning off power from fuse box for at least 30 seconds (I did it for one whole hour too!) and it still comes back on with the same issue. My 4 year old was pressing buttons while I was sleep and that’s why we I have this problem in the first place. Not sure what to do :-(

  12. Elizabeth Sprague

    My GE Adora dishwasher makes a 3-note crescendo beep every half-hour or so. When that happens, the Normal, Boost Wash Temp and Heated Dry lights come on and stay on for a little while and then they all go out. I’ve had repair out three times and still not fixed. Last time they replaced the harness in the door. The machine isn’t working – again – after having gone through the beeps cycle over the last week. Obviously this is a known problem. Why won’t GE publish the problem and/or do a recall?

  13. My GE Cafe DW makes a 3-note crescendo beep every half-hour or so. When that happens, the Normal, Boost Wash Temp and Heated Dry lights come on and stay on for a little while and then they all go out. I shut off the circuit breaker for 3 minutes and turned it back on. It still does it. I went through the Trouble Shooting Guide and found nothing about this. Please advise. (Same issue as another user)

  14. My GE DW Model GDF520PGJ2WW makes a 3-note crescendo beep every half-hour or so. When that happens, the Normal, Boost Wash Temp and Heated Dry lights come on and stay on for a little while and then they all go out. I shut off the circuit breaker for 3 minutes and turned it back on. It still does it. I went through the Trouble Shooting Guide and found nothing about this. Please advise.

  15. We also had that going on and replaced the door latch and put in a new switch in the breaker box but determined it was the board.
    We called GE and they sent us a new board out.
    My husband put it in last night and it turned on!
    We ran it for a bit and it seems to be working again.
    This morning the random beeping started up again.
    I don’t know how long it will run.
    The random beeping is how it all started then no power until it wouldn’t work at all.
    The part for the control board is WD21X24901.
    The gal from GE sent it to us free.
    We also have a GDT695SSJ2SS.
    If you decide you want a different one, they offer a discount on a new one.
    The one we were looking at that was comparable was about $500 delivered and installed.

  16. I have a GE dishwasher modelGDF640HSMOSS. All the lights on the panel are flashing and it won’t do anything. Pressed start to reset…..still blinking. Pressed DrY Heated button 5 times in rapid succession….still nothing. I can hear a successive clicking noise from the bottom. Resetting the breaker does not help either. Please help.

  17. My start button keeps beeping no matter what I do as instructions say. Is my start button broken?

  18. GE dishwasher – Start light is blinking
    The model of dishwasher is Gdf520pgj2ww.
    We have done everything that trouble shooting has suggested.
    The dishwasher does not turn on but makes a sound like it does when the dishwasher is completed.

  19. Chrystina Collins

    The start button keeps flashing on my dishwasher and it won’t start. I have tried resetting it and unplugging it for 10 minutes and it’s not changing. What else can I do?

  20. Hi, we and 1500 other people, lost power last week due to a SDG&E transformer getting damaged. When the power was restored, we heard a high pitch tone that just started up when our electricity was back on. It took us about 15 minutes to track down that sound to our GE Adora Quiet Power III dishwasher, which was odd because the dishwasher hadn’t come back on even with power restored. The dishwasher had been working just fine, no problems or weird noises and definitely, no high pitch tone, prior to loss of power. We finally turned off the breaker for the dishwasher to stop the irritating tone. I turned the breaker back on a couple of days ago and the tone started back up. Any ideas as to how I can fix this problem? Thank you

  21. Rebecca Russell

    I have a GE dishwasher, model GDF. The start light is flashing and the dishwasher will not do anything. I’ve pressed start to reset… still blinking. I’ve reset the breaker to the washer, still blinking. Once i reset it, i press start, it starts blinking after about 3 seconds and just continues to blink. There is water in the bottom (not much) and the pump is not coming on to drain it. It just blinks and blinks and nothing else happens. It did this once before, and resetting the breaker fixed it.
    Side note: i can’t unplug it without pulling out my dishwasher and i can’t do that by myself. But i figure resetting the breaker would cure all… but no!

  22. I have a gld5604v00ww dishwasher. It got clogged the other day. I took it apart and cleaned out the traps. I tried to see if it would work but it won’t. When I open and shut it the “normal wash” and “heated dry” buttons are lit. I try to push other buttons but nothing happens. I can’t reset or start. I unplugged it for a while hoping to clear the memory but no dice.

  23. Denise Campbell

    We had a power outage in our neighborhood and when they restored the power our dishwasher wouldn’t work. The clean, start, and heavy wash cycle buttons keep blinking. We’ve push the start button twice to reset, pushed and held start button for 3 seconds, and unplugged the dishwasher for 10 minutes….nothing seems to work. That was yesterday and it’s still blinking.

  24. Same thing. Roughly same model (GDT6955SMJ0ES). Same time frame. I have also replaced the door latch. Way to many coincidences.

  25. Karlan, we also are having trouble with out GDT695ssJ2ss. We have replaced the latch as well. The thing chirps at random and then sometimes it runs and other times there are no lights on the panel and it won’t run. Have you figured out the problem with yours? I think we have the same thing going on. My husband thought maybe the breaker was bad in the box.

  26. My g e dishwasher is flashing lights and beeping I pushed start button twice to reset it did not work next I unplugged it for 20 minutes still did no fix problems what else can I do

  27. I have a GE GDT695SSJ2SS unit that isn’t running. I recently replaced the door latch (tub side) and top control board. When I have power running to the unit, the service LED on the lower control board flashes once every second. When I try to run diagnostics at the top control board, the LED for ‘Light’ under wash cycles lights up as well as the LED for ‘Boost’. However, it will not let me run diagnostics. Do you happen to know what the error code for the Service LED might be?

  28. GDT545PGJ2WW – display not powering on , have disconnected power and let set for hours. Sometime I plug it back in and it will work. Or it randomly turns on like the door is open when it is still shut. Now it wont power on at all I have metered the power to the power supply at bottom. I have not pulled it out and tossed to street yet but close. Any ideas for trouble shooting ?

  29. Hi,

    GDF570SSJOSS. The after pushing the start button the light flashes and makes 3 beeps. I have tired unplugging it to reset which worked one time. It then started doing it again and I again tried to reset the power but it no longer fixed the problem. It seams to be the same problem as described in comment 3 from Ana and some of the other comments. What do I need to do to get the dishwasher to work/run.

  30. annetta Pruitt

    I have a GE GLD4200 Quiet power1 dishwasher that the hot start, hot wash, and heavy wash lights are on and it keeps beeping after the wash was finished. It will not reset and the lights are still on and still keeps beeping.I have unplugged it to try to restart and done eveyrthing suggested here but it is still doing it. Do you have any suggestions?

  31. I have a GE GDT655SSJSS. I’ve tried rapidly pushing the Heated Dry button, as directed in the owners manual and it does exactly nothing.

  32. Hello, My dishwasher is beeping 3 times in a row when I try and start to do a load of dishes. I unplugged it once before and it started working again. Now it’s doing it again and unplugging it is not solving the problem like before. I did some research and I think it that it means that the door sensor is not working properly, because the door is completely closed. Is there a way to fix this? Thank you for your help!

    GDF520PGJBB

  33. I have a GE Triclean quite power 1 the normal green light is flashing continuously i have unplugged it and try resetting it as well but unsuccessful. When i lock it it starts making the beeping sound as well and the light still keeps flashing. Can you please advice.

  34. ge profile model# pdwt500r10bb s/n av829115b
    control panel lights stopped working months ago but could still wash
    now added heat light is flashing and won’t reset or wash
    I assume control board problem but not sure??
    do you recommend repair on this 8 year old unit or get a new one?

  35. My #GLD5654VOOCS ge dishwasher is shut and latched but stops working and starts beeping as if door was opened. It was not. Reset it by flipping circuit breaker for 30 secs. It will start working if reopened and shut, but then stops in about 10 mins. and continues to beep as if door was opened.How do i fix this?

  36. Enrique avila

    I also have tried turning off power at circuit breaker for 30secs -10 mins and it doesn’t help. I have 2 lights on (auto & heated on) with a beeping sound every 15 seconds. I obviously can’t open the door either.

  37. Ive tried everything I can including powering off at the fuse panel for 10 minutes. My problem is that the buttons will light up (normal wash and high temp wash lights) but nothing responds to the touch/button push. When I close the door and it latches, it will beep once like it recognizes the latch switch activation. but the buttons still do not work. The other symptom is occasionally the “hight temp” wash light will beep & flash on and off randomly for several minutes. No noticeable patterns to the beeps & flashes. It eventually just stops and all the lights go out. Not sure if it is some thing wrong with the control board or something else. washer is only 5 years old.

  38. Luis Ancheta

    I have an issue about beeping noises every 15 seconds after the dishwasher runs a cycle.
    It stops at 73 minute mark that has started washing at 120 minute mark.
    I opened the door and shut it back and nothing happens.
    I can’t even activate the reset/start button.

  39. DIY Project Help Tips

    Raquel,
    The blinking lights and sounds common to most GE dishwasher electronic models are:
    – A beeping sound every 30 seconds
    Indicates the dishwasher door was unlatched during the cycle.
    Close the dishwasher door to resume the cycle.
    – Blinking “Start/Reset” light
    Indicates that the dishwasher has been reset and is in the process of turning off.
    This light will blink for 75 to 90 seconds, depending on the model.
    – Other blinking lights or beeping sounds may indicate a problem with the dishwasher caused by power surges.
    Try pressing the “Start/Reset” pad to reset the dishwasher and wait 2 minutes.
    If the problem persists, reset (reboot) the dishwasher by turning off power to the unit at the house circuit breaker/fuse box for 30 seconds.
    Restore power and the dishwasher should function normally.

    Check the GE Dishwasher Model Number Search to find your manual and fix the issue.
    Also, this video may help by on YouTube for an unresponsive GE dishwasher display.
    Check the GE HELP section for Dishwashers here.

    -RR

  40. My GE Quiet Power Dishwasher 1 GLD4260l00SS flashed the start, delay, heated, hot wash, hot dry and clean buttons once, then the rinse, china, normal and heavy lights once and now it is just making a sounds, but not washing.
    Like the steam and drain are maybe running?
    I shut power at the circuit breaker for a few minutes, but it just went right back to the noise when I powered up again.
    It is not responding to any button I push.
    Very frustrating.
    Nothing I saw in the manual talked about this flashing sequence.

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