How to Reset GE Dishwasher [2 Ways]

GE dishwashers are great home appliances that one can consider in their home.

The appliance comes with durable build quality, a powerful motor, and many advanced features, which makes it a popular choice among users.

In addition, this device also has automatic error detection that automatically detects problems inside your dishwasher. 

The dishwasher indicates this problem using an error code. When you encounter these error codes, your dishwasher needs your attention.

While using a dishwasher, you will encounter various error codes depending on the problem.

One common myth is that they consider resetting the dishwasher, believing it will fix that particular problem.

However, it does work in some instances, but you can’t consider it the solution for every problem.

This article is for you if you don’t know how to reset GE dishwasher. In this article, we will discuss step-wise instructions to reset the dishwasher.

Therefore, I recommend you to stay in the article till the end. 

Why should I reset my dishwasher?

There are various reasons to reset the GE dishwasher. You should reset your GE dishwasher when your dishwasher stops running due to glitches or technical failure.

Like other electronics appliances, when you reset the dishwasher, it does fix minor errors or glitches in the dishwasher.

But, resetting won’t fix the problem if there are technical issues inside the dishwasher. You should look after other solutions. 

What happens when you reset the dishwasher?

Now you know why you should reset our dishwasher? Let’s discuss what happens when you reset your dishwasher? I am sure you must be curious about this question.

When you reset your dishwasher, it erases settings and configuration, causing errors in the dishwasher.

This allows the dishwasher to run on a new configuration while avoiding glitches and errors from the dishwasher. 

How to reset GE dishwasher?

How to Reset GE Dishwasher [2 Ways]

Modern GE dishwashers are very easy to reset. You can easily reset them with a few more steps. There are mainly two ways to reset the GE dishwasher.

Technical reset

Technical reset methods work in almost every dishwasher model. Unplug the dishwasher and wait for five to ten minutes.

Doing this will erase all the past configurations of the dishwasher from memory and let you run the dishwasher in new settings.

While using this method, makes sure you’ve turned off the faucet and there is no standing water inside the dishwasher. 

User reset

This is another method to reset the GE dishwasher. This method is available in a newer model of GE dishwasher. Follow the below step-wise instruction to reset your GE dishwasher:

1.     First of all, Press the start/reset button on your dishwasher. Make sure the water faucet is turned off. 

2.    Wait for 2-5 minutes, and then restart your dishwasher. You will see blinking light during the process. Don’t turn on your dishwasher until the light stops blinking in your dishwasher. 

These are two different ways to reset the GE dishwasher. I hope that the method has worked well on your device. If resetting does not fix the problem in your dishwasher, look after the error code. They give you a clear perspective of the problem. 

How do identify problems or issues in the GE dishwasher?

An error code is the easiest way to identify a problem in the GE dishwasher. You will encounter an error code when something goes wrong in the dishwasher. Using this error code, you can easily understand the error code. 

Error code Number + H

If your dishwasher shows some number along with the letter H at the end. This indicates that the dishwasher is in delayed start mode.

A delayed start means the time the wash cycle can be delayed. Using delayed start, you can run your dishwasher when the water reaches a specific temperature. 

Delay start varies from dishwasher models. To know more about your model, you can check the owner’s manual of your dishwasher.

You will find detailed information about all the modes available in your dishwasher.

Error code C1

C1 error code in GE dishwasher indicates air gap build up inside dishwasher drain hose.

To eliminate this error code, clean the dishwasher drain hose thoroughly and try restarting the dishwasher.

If you don’t know how to clean the dishwasher drain hose, follow the below step-wise instruction. 

1.     Turn off the water faucet and power supply from the dishwasher.

2.    Now remove the drain hose connected to the garbage disposal. After this, remove the dishwasher from the kitchen cabinet. You may need to remove a couple of screws to remove the dishwasher from the drain hose. 

3.    Remove the dishwasher from the drain hose and lay it on the floor. Make sure to put some clothes beneath the dishwasher to prevent the dishwasher from scratching. 

4.    Remove the bottom access panel of the dishwasher. After removing the bottom access panel, you will see a drain hose connected to the drain pump. 

5.     Remove the drain hose from the dishwasher. Clean the drain hose under the running water and clean it thoroughly using soap and water. 

6.    Reinstall the drain hose, secure the bottom access panel, and put the dishwasher inside the kitchen cabinet. 

7.     Restart the dishwasher and see if the error code persists or not. 

Error code C2

If the dishwasher is displaying error code C2, it means that the pump-out cycle has already reached 7 minutes

. A minor obstruction in the drain system, the dishwasher can also throw this error code. The solution to this problem is to check for the drain pump and clear if any obstruction is present. 

Error code C3

Error code C3 in the GE dishwasher indicates a drain issue in the dishwasher. If your dishwasher shows a C3 error code in the control panel, consider cleaning the dishwasher.

If you haven’t cleaned your dishwasher, you are more likely to get this error code in the dishwasher.

To fix this error code, I recommend thoroughly cleaning the dishwasher drain filter and drain hose. Doing this should eliminate error code C3 from the dishwasher. 

Error code C4

Error code C4 simply means there’s too much water inside the dishwasher. If your dishwasher has filled the tank twice after the power failure or float switches.

Overloading is very rare in the dishwasher because to prevent this dishwasher is equipped with a float switch. 

A float switch is a special type of sensor that stops the dishwasher from loading water when it reaches a certain level.

Sometimes clogged drain pump or sump can trigger a C4 error code in the dishwasher. I recommend you force-drain your dishwasher and run an empty cycle.

Doing this should eliminate the C4 error code from the dishwasher. 

Error code C5

Error code C5 means that the pump-out time in your dishwasher is too short. After the cycle, your dishwasher takes a particular time to drain water from the dishwasher.

You can customize this draining time depending upon your requirement.

The problem arises when the draining time is too short. I recommend you check the draining time and ensure that the draining time is neither short nor long.

In detail, you can check the owner’s manual to know more about pump-out time. 

Error code C6

GE dishwasher encounters error code C6 when the water temperature is too low. According to the manufacturer, the water temperature inside the dishwasher should be at least 120 degrees F.

Temperature below 120 degrees F can trigger error code C6 in the GE dishwasher. Prior to starting the dishwasher, run the faucet and purge any cold water from the line. 

The solution to this problem is to check the dishwasher heating element and make sure that it is working well.

Over time heating elements can erode and could need replacement. The dishwasher heating element is located at the bottom of the dishwasher and above the drain compartment.

Make sure that the heating element is working fine and it is not eroded. In addition, I also suggest you check the dishwasher temperature and set it to is recommended level.

Error code C7

GE dishwasher error code C7 indicates the dishwasher temperature sensor has become inoperable. The dishwasher is equipped with various types of sensors; among them, a temperature sensor is one.

If your dishwasher is showing a C7 error code, I recommend you disconnect the power for 5-10 minutes.

After doing this, restart the dishwasher and see if the problem persists. If the problem persists you should replace your existing sensor with a new sensor to prevent the C7 error code.

Error code C8

Error code C8 indicates the detergent cup is clogged in the dishwasher. While cleaning the dishwasher, make sure to clean the detergent cup to avoid the C8 error code in the future.

First of all, open the detergent cup from the dishwasher. There are three types of a cup in GE dishwasher Sliding cover, round detergent cover, and square flip-up cover. 

If you have a sliding cover, slide the cover towards you. Similarly, turn the handle clockwise to close if you have a round detergent cover.

In a square flip-up cover, press down on the cover until it is closed. Once the cup is opened, remove the obstruction if the presence and make sure that there is clogged detergent. 

Error code PF

GE dishwasher error code PF indicates power failure in the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is not receiving a stable power supply, you are likely to encounter a PF error code in the dishwasher.

If your dishwasher is showing this PF error code, most often select the desired cycle or options. After this, press the start pads in your dishwasher.

Doing this should eliminate the error code PF from the dishwasher. If the problem persists, you can seek help from GE dishwasher customer support


Now, you know how to reset GE dishwasher without any trouble. I hope that you have precisely followed the step-wise process discussed above in the article.

Depending upon the dishwasher model, the process of resetting the dishwasher is very similar. I hope that it has worked well in your dishwasher.

I will be happy to answer your question/ queries. Therefore, if you have any problem with your dishwasher, let us know in the comment below.

Frequently Asked Question for: reset the GE dishwasher

  1. Why is the dishwasher producing sound while draining?

    It is common to hear sounds from the dishwasher while draining. If the sound is unusual, there must be some problem with the dishwasher motor.

    The drain pump consists of an impeller that pumps out from the dishwasher. If there is some obstruction around the dishwasher drain pump, you will hear a weird sound while draining.

    The drain pump is located at the bottom of the dishwasher; you can access it by removing the lower access panel of the dishwasher. 

  2. Why is the GE dishwasher beeping?

    Like other devices, the GE dishwasher beeps when there is an issue in the dishwasher.

    GE dishwasher produces a beeping sound when the dishwasher door is unlatched during the cycle.

    It is recommended to close the dishwasher door during the wash cycle. When you run a wash cycle with the door open, it increases the chance of water getting leaked from the dishwasher. 

  3. How to fix the error code in the dishwasher?

    First, you need to identify the exact problem behind the error code to fix the error code.

    If you don’t have any idea about the error code, you can refer to the owner’s manual.

    You will find a detailed explanation of the error code, solutions, and various tips and tricks there. You should contact your seller if the owner’s manual solution doesn’t work. 

  4. Why does my GE dishwasher hold water in the bottom?

    The dishwasher is equipped with a powerful motor that pumps out water from the dishwasher after the cycle.

    Standing water is a sign of a drain issue. Three reasons cause draining problems in the dishwasher, including faulty drain pump, clogged drain, or kinked drain hose.

    If your dishwasher has any of these issues, you will encounter a standing water problem in your dishwasher. 

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