Dishwasher Blinking Lights or Beeping Sounds

Dishwashers equipped with an electronic control may display blinking lights or have beeping sounds. This alerts the user that the dishwasher may need attention.

Since the lights and sounds mean different things on different models, it is best to refer to your Owner's Manual for an explanation of the various blinking lights and beeping sounds. Download a copy of your Owner's Manual.

The lights and sounds common to most 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.


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If the above suggestions do not resolve the issue, service may be needed. To schedule an appointment, please contact GE Consumer Service at 1-800-432-2737 or schedule an appointment on-line.