Dishwashers - Will Not Run, Has Lights or Sound

If your dishwasher will not start, but has power (light or sound), then there are a few things you can do to get the dishwasher to run again. 

Check the Control Lock Feature


  • Control Lock Feature: Electronic models have a child lock-out feature to prevent the dishwasher from accidentally being turned on. Make sure the Lock feature is turned "OFF" according to the instructions in your Owner's Manual.

Door Not Latching Properly


  • Make sure there is nothing preventing the door from closing securely, like trim, insulation, the countertop, etc.

Make Sure the Delay Start is Not On


Sleep Mode


  • Some models have a Sleep/Sabbath Mode, which turns off all lights and sounds to turn this feature on/off check the owner’s manual for model specific information: Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.


Demo Mode


Dishwasher Making a Slight Humming Noise But Will Not Run


  • Models starting with GDF/GDT/PDT/CDT/DDT/ADT/ZDT: Add one pint of hot tap water to the bottom of the dishwasher and allow it to run for five minutes.

  • For other models, view: Hums and Will Not Fill.

Check if the Flood Float is Stuck


Leak Detection Feature



If the above suggestions do not resolve the issue, service may be needed. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.