GE Dishwasher Beeps 3 Times & Won’t Start – Quick Fixes 

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It always seems that when you need an appliance, it will malfunction or break down! There are four reasons why your GE dishwasher won’t start but instead just keeps beeping. 

In this article, I will take you through the four causes of this annoying problem and guide you through the fixes.

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Here’s Why Your GE Dishwasher Beeps 3 Times

If your GE dishwasher beeps 3 times, your machine detects that it cannot safely start a cycle. In most cases, the washer detects that the door is open. 

Yet, it could also be that the appliance is not receiving the Start command signal properly.

The underlying reason for this issue could be one of the following:

  • Activated Demo Mode: Your dishwasher may be in Demo Mode 
  • Technical Glitches: Internal glitches could cause communication errors or dishwasher malfunctions
  • Faulty Door Latch: A damaged door latch can prevent your door from closing or locking
  • Malfunctioning Control Panel: A malfunctioning control panel means that your machine may not receive the instruction to start or coordinate other essential functions

In a Hurry? Try These Quick Fixes

  1. Exit Demo Mode by pressing and holding Start and Heated Dry for a few seconds
  2. Complete a hard reset on your dishwasher by shutting off the breaker for a few minutes
  3. Check for a damaged door latch
  4. Check for a malfunctioning control panel
Pressing the start button on a dishwasher

How to Fix GE Dishwasher That Just Beeps 3 Times and Won’t Start 

You can fix your dishwasher with one of the four following fixes. Follow them in order, as I have listed them from the simplest to the most complex fix. 

In this way, you do not have to perform any challenging procedures that may not be necessary. 

Exit Demo Mode

The most common reason for a GE dishwasher to beep 3 times is because it is in Demo Mode. In other words, it is in a mode meant for the showroom floor or transport. 

Since this is the case, it cannot run a cycle. Fortunately, it is easy to exit Demo Mode.

To exit demo mode, disconnect your dishwasher’s power and reconnect it after 30 seconds. After completing this step, press the Start and the Heated Dry buttons for five or more seconds. 

If you do not have these heat options on your dishwasher, try holding down the Start and Delay Start buttons for five or more seconds.

If your dishwasher still refuses to start after this process, it may not be in Demo Mode. Instead, you may need to complete a hard reset on your dishwasher. 

Hard Reset 

Your dishwasher may be experiencing a glitch, preventing it from receiving the command to begin the cycle. 

Luckily, it does not necessarily mean your appliance needs a brand-new component. It may only need a hard reset to correct itself. 

It is effortless to carry out a hard reset on your GE dishwasher. You simply need to find the proper circuit breaker supplying power to your appliance. 

Then, turn off the breaker for five minutes. Once you turn back on the power, your dishwasher should function properly.

However, if your GE dishwasher still just beeps 3 times, try the next solution.

Check for a Damaged Door Latch

Similar to most appliances that use large amounts of water and water pressure, your machine prevents leaks and floods with a securely closed door. 

If your dishwasher’s door does not close and lock, your appliance will refuse to start its cycle.

You can check your door latch for damage by holding the Start and Cycle Select buttons for a few seconds. While pressing down on these buttons, attempt to shut the dishwasher door. 

If your door latch is functioning correctly, all the lights on the board will illuminate for a few seconds. In this case, you should move on to the next solution. 

However, if the lights blink on and off for a few seconds, the control panel cannot detect or engage the latch. 

Then call GE customer service and ask about a new component. Depending on your warranty, the company may cover your replacement part and repair service.

How to Replace GE Dishwasher Door Latch

If you are performing your door latch replacement independently, follow these steps or watch the video below:

  1. Disconnect power to the dishwasher. Alternatively, turn off your breaker
  2. Remove the hardware securing your dishwasher in place
  3. Pull your appliance out from your counter a few inches 
  4. Disconnect the harness from the latch
  5. Remove the mounting screws from the underside of the latch 
  6. Replace the old door latch with the new product
  7. Attach the harness
  8. Reinstall the mounting screws 
  9. Push your dishwasher back and secure it

Check for a Malfunctioning Control Panel 

If all of the above fixes fail to help, it may indicate a malfunctioning control panel. It may prevent the appliance from receiving or sending the right messages, including starting the machine. 

Upon replacing the control panel, your appliance should function normally. 

Before you replace the control panel, make sure to purchase the correct one for your model. 

Also, you may have part coverage under your warranty.

How to Replace GE Dishwasher Control Panel 

It is possible to replace a control panel by yourself. However, every model may have a different design and procedure. 

For example, the following video discusses replacing the control panel for GE dishwasher model WD21X10553.


My GE dishwasher beeps every 60 seconds, why?

It can be frustrating and irritating to hear beeps every 1 minute. If this is your situation, your appliance indicates that the latch disengaged during its cycle. 

Fortunately, you can fix this problem quickly by checking for physical problems and inspecting the latch.

In most cases, you did not shut the dishwasher door properly before starting the machine. Then, some pressure or force pushed the door open. If this happens, you can shut the door and resume the dishwashing cycle.

However, your dishwasher could also have a damaged door latch. To check if this is the case, hold the Start and Cycle Select buttons for five or more seconds and close the door. 

If the lights blink briefly, your latch is the problem, and you must replace the latch component before being able to use your appliance again.

My GE dishwasher beeps every 30 minutes, why?

The most common reason for a GE dishwasher to beep every 30 minutes, whether on or off, is a malfunctioning control board. 

You should try resetting your dishwasher first. However, if this does not resolve your problem, you may need to replace your control board. 

To reset the dishwasher board, turn the appropriate circuit breaker off for five minutes. After restoring the power, wait to see if your machine beeps again and try starting a cycle. 

My GE dishwasher beeps every hour, why?

When GE dishwashers seem to beep every 60 minutes, the most common culprit is a malfunctioning or defective control module. You can do a hard reset or service mode reset to restore proper functioning. 

The easiest way to reset your dishwasher is by shutting down your breaker for five minutes. 

However, if this doesn’t help, try resetting your machine by putting it into service mode:

  1. Press and hold the Start and Select Cycle buttons for a few seconds 
  2. Hold the Select Cycle button for a few seconds

If your control board lights up completely, it is reset and ready to use.

My GE dishwasher keeps beeping randomly, why? 

If your GE dishwasher beeps randomly during the day, it is often a faulty control board.

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