Your GE dishwasher often shows you symptoms if there is any problem. For example, if GE dishwasher lights flashing and it will not start, this could be due to a simple problem or a warning that the appliance requires repair.
You will have to determine if you can solve the problem yourself or if you need to contact a professional by noticing the reasons for flashing lights and turning them off.
In this article, you will know the reason as well as how to fix the problem.
The Reasons Behind Your GE Dishwasher Lights Flashing And Will Not Start?
Broken Door Latch
One of the main reasons the start light blinks on its own is that it knows when the door is opened.
But if you’ve closed the door properly and the start light keeps flashing, there’s something wrong with the door latch.
Maybe the door’s latch is broken, so the door won’t stay closed. The sensor itself could be broken as well.
No matter what the reason is, the door latch is broken and needs to be fixed, either by you or by a professional.
The Dishwasher Is Starting Over
When the start light on a GE dishwasher blinks on and off, it means that the door is open or that the dishwasher is doing a quick reset.
After you press the “Start/Reset” button and the dishwasher has already started a cycle, the start light will start to blink.
This means the GE dishwasher is emptying the water and going back to “standby” mode.
The dishwasher does not Get Power
When a GE dishwasher won’t turn on, the problem may be with the power rather than with the dishwasher itself.
First, you should make sure that your dishwasher’s power sources are working properly
Make sure the dishwasher is plugged in correctly and that the outlet works.
Also, ensure the power switch is turned on. Most switches are under the sink or near the dishwasher on the wall.
Check to see if the breakers or fuses in your home have tripped or blown. Move any circuit breakers that have tripped or replace any blown fuses.
Problems With The Water Supply
When your GE dishwasher won’t turn on, it could also be because of a problem with the water supply.
Make sure the dishwasher’s water supply valve is turned on and check the water supply hose for tears or kinks.
Any kinks in the hose can be straightened out with care, but a cracked or leaking hose needs to be replaced.
If the supply valve and hose are working, a GE dishwasher that won’t start could be because the water inlet valve is broken.
This valve opens and closes so that the dishwasher can get water at the right times during the wash cycle.
We recommend that a professional check the water inlet valve and replace it if it needs to be.
What Should I Do If My GE Dishwasher Lights Flashing And Not Working
Make Sure Your Dishwasher Is Plugged In
Sometimes your dishwasher won’t work because it’s not plugged in or because the circuit breaker isn’t working right.
Make sure your dishwasher is securely plugged in and that the circuit breakers haven’t been tripped.
Make sure the child lock isn’t on
Some dishwashers have a child lock that stops the dishwasher from starting. Check the owner’s manual to see how to turn off the child lock settings.
Reset The Dishwasher
If the lights are on but the dishwasher won’t turn on, the start button may have been pressed too many times. If you press the start button once, the cycle will begin.
If you press it again, the dishwasher will reset and run a 90-second drain cycle. Wait until the drain cycle is done and then try to turn on the dishwasher again.
Make Sure The Door Latch Works
The door latch assembly keeps the door shut during the wash cycle so that water doesn’t leak out.
It also has a switch for the door latch that gives power to the controls of the dishwasher.
If the dishwasher door isn’t shut all the way, it won’t get the power it needs to finish a wash cycle.
Find the door switch at the top of the dishwasher door and make sure that both switches are mechanically turned on when the door closes.
You can also use a millimeter to check for continuity, but make sure the power to the dishwasher is off.
Check The Timer And Electronic Control
Once you’ve made sure the door closes properly, look at the timer or electronic control.
During a wash cycle, these parts decide how much power goes to each part of your dishwasher, like the drain pump, the heating circuit, and the water inlet valve.
These parts won’t work right if they don’t get the power they need. Turn off the power before you use a millimeter to check the timer or electric control.
Check The Selector Switch
With a selector switch, you can choose between different options for washing, drying, and heating during a wash cycle.
If the selector switch is broken or not pressed in the right way, your dishwasher might not start.
Find the selector switch on the control panel and make sure it’s not stuck between settings. Check to see if more than one button was pressed at the same time.
If more than one button was pressed at the same time, your switch won’t have any continuity, and the controls won’t get any power.
Check The Motor Start Relay
If your dishwasher won’t turn on and you’ve made sure it’s getting power, the motor start relay may be broken.
Find the part next to the motor and check for continuity with a millimeter.
The part of the relay that is the coil should always show continuity, but the part that is the switch contacts should only show continuity when the switch is turned on.
Change Your Drive Motor
During a wash cycle, the water is moved around by the drive motor to clean the dishes.
If the dishwasher won’t turn on after the start relay sends power to the motor, the drive motor could be broken.
If the motor has made loud humming noises during previous wash cycles, this is a sign that the motor is about to break.
You need to get a new motor as soon as you can.
FAQs about GE Dishwasher flashing lights and not starting
Can A Faulty Thermal Fuse Cause The GE Dishwasher Not To Work?
The thermal prevents the control board from overheating.
If the thermal fuse blows, electricity is cut off from reaching the control board, preventing fires and charred electrical equipment in the event of a malfunction.
If the thermal fuse is blown, however, your dishwasher will not likely start until it is replaced.
Can A Bad Control Panel Make My GE Dishwasher Flashing And Not Work?
The control panel of your dishwasher consists of the buttons, settings, and the minicomputer that controls the wash cycles and is located inside the door.
So if something goes wrong with the computer, you might expect your dishwasher to malfunction or stop working.
Can I Reset My GE Dishwasher To Make It Start Again?
Yes, you can reset your dishwasher by pressing and holding the Start/Reset button for a few minutes.
If your dishwasher still won’t start, you may need to restart the entire system by unplugging it from the house circuit breaker or fuse box.
Hopefully, now you know to detect your dishwasher problems by noticing the unusual signals.
When your GE dishwasher light flashing lights and will not start, it’s most likely because the door wasn’t shut completely.
This may also be due to mistakes that can be rectified with a simple reset. If they remain after resetting, you will need to hire a professional or pull out your toolbox.