Dishwasher - Blinking Lights or Beeping Sounds

Dishwashers equipped with an electronic control may start displaying 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.


Beeping Sound, Blinking or Will Not Start:

  • A beeping sound every 30 seconds or every minute: This indicates the dishwasher door was unlatched during the cycle. Close the dishwasher door to resume the cycle and the beeping will stop.

  • Blinking "Start" or "Start/Reset" light: This 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. View a short video about blinking lights:



  • Other blinking lights or beeping sounds: These 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 or fuse box for 30 seconds. Restore power and the dishwasher should reset and function normally.


View a short video about resetting your dishwasher:



If the above suggestions do not resolve the issue and the dishwasher is still beeping or has blinking lights, service may be needed. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.