GE Dishwasher Won’t Start (Just Beeps – FIXED)

Does your GE dishwasher beep but won’t start? This can only mean one thing, something is wrong with the dishwasher. The GE dishwasher although a great kitchen appliance is well known to have this common issue.

Quite a number of people have reported the same issue, so you are not alone in this. Just understand that the dishwasher has a voice and the beep sound is an obvious indicator your attention is needed.

Most times there are no clear explanations for why this happens which makes it all the same more frustrating and annoying.

If the only thing on your mind at this point is how to fix the issue, you are definitely in the right place. We will be walking you through the steps to fixing this issue. You’ll be surprised that in most cases you do not even have to call a technician to get it fixed.

GE Dishwasher Beeping But Not Starting- How To Fix

When your GE dishwasher is beeping but not starting it sometimes means that there was an error when shutting the doors to the dishwasher. The following are the basic things to do;

1. Check The Door Latch

Your dishwasher won’t start at all if the door latch is not properly engaged to the switch.

You will have to make that the door is closed properly, if there’s an object restricting the door latch from closing completely, you need to get it out of the way for your dishwasher to start working.

Sometimes the problem might be from the installation. You need to inspect how the dishwasher was installed as the can also affect the door latch. The click sound you hear after shutting the door indicates that it has been engaged to the switch.

GE Dishwasher Won't Start

2. Press The Reset Botton

If after closing the door latch properly, the dishwasher keeps beeping without starting, the best thing to do is to reboot the dishwasher. Resetting the dishwasher can bring it to its default setting and cause it to work normally.

3. Unplug The Dishwasher

Sometimes this troubleshooting doesn’t just go away by merely pressing the reset button, you might have to disconnect the machine from the power for as long as 3-10 minutes before plugging it in.

This can help clear any error that is causing the dishwasher to not work perfectly.

However, if the issue persists, then you should consider calling a technician and if you are quite experienced, you might just still be able to fix the problem yourself.

4. Replace The Controller

Even after ensuring that the doors are closed and resetting the dishwasher, and the issue isn’t still fixed the controller must be faulty. This is can cause the dishwasher to assume that the door latch is not closed. You can hire a repair service for this or you can do it yourself to save cost.

You’ll just have to get a new controller and properly install it and for a longer-lasting solution, you can also consider changing the door switch as well.


There is never a good time for your GE dishwasher to malfunction, the experience is usually very frustrating and annoying. However, the main reason why your dishwasher would beep without actually starting has to do with the door latch.

This article recommends that you inspect the door latch and ensure it is properly closed, reset the machine, and unplug it. You should only consider replacing the controller only when all of these quick fixes fail.

On that note, fixing a new controller should be carefully and correctly done. You can hire a technician or fix it yourself.

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