How To Reset GE Dishwasher: All The Methods

To reset a GE dishwasher, use the kickplate or control panel button, cut the power, or press the “Start/Reset” pad. Service mode reset is an option too.

Check out the rest of this post to see how you can do all that.

Do GE Dishwashers Have A Reset Button?

Yes, GE dishwashers come equipped with a reset button. 

On some models, it’s a double function on the start pad. On others, it’s located behind the kickplate. 

A few dishwashers with mechanical buttons also provide a simple and direct reset button on the control panel.

How To Reset GE Dishwasher

You can usually reset a GE Dishwasher with the following methods – they apply to all models.

Even in higher-tier models like the GE Profile and GE Adora dishwashers, users have made these methods work, based on what I’ve seen across forums.

I have managed to make them work on the following dishwasher models:

  • DDW550B-45
  • DDW550B-48
  • GDT655SSJ0SS
  • GDT695SMJ0ES
  • PDW8280J00SS
  • SD4920X66BB
  1. Hard Reset via Power Cut
  • Shut off the circuit breaker or fuse to the dishwasher, or unplug it for a straightforward reset.
  • Wait for a solid 2 minutes.
  • Restore power to finish the process.
  1. Reset Using “Start/Reset” Pad
  • Press the “Start/Reset” pad on your dishwasher twice.
  • For dishwashers with mechanical buttons, locate the reset button next to the options.
  • Wait for 2 minutes and the reset should be finished, the control panel lights might flash potentially.
  1. Kickplate Reset
  • Unscrew the kickplate access panel.
  • Find two buttons in the bottom left corner.
  • The first button is the reset button.
  • Press the reset button to reset the dishwasher.
  1. Service Mode Reset
  • Hold down both the Select Cycle and Start buttons for five seconds.
  • Press the Select Cycle button for five seconds until the lock button light comes on.
  • Make the Start button flash by holding it for five seconds.
  • Press and hold both the Start and Select Cycle buttons for another five seconds.
  • Your dishwasher should now be reset and ready to use. 
Note: In certain instances, a reset might lead to your dishwasher shutting down, indicated by the blinking Start or Start/Reset button. Let the light blink for 75-90 seconds, then power it off. That should finish the reset.

If none of these methods work for you, you might have to look up your GE Dishwasher Manual to find instructions to reset.

What Errors Can Be Troubleshooted By Resetting GE Dishwashers?

Here are some of the problems you can get rid of by doing a reset:

  • Control Panel Glitches: If buttons act up or things get erratic, a quick reset sorts it out by giving the electronic controls a clean slate.
  • Interrupted Cycles: If cycles are on pause, a reset kickstarts the dishwasher, getting it back on track.
  • Sensor or Software Malfunctions: When sensors or software act wonky, a reset recalibrates them, fixing the accuracy glitches.
  • Start-Up Failures: If your dishwasher’s a no-show at startup, a reset gets the internal systems sorted for a smooth kick-off.

Alongside all that, a reset can also get rid of any beeping noises or fault codes, though that’s not always the case.


How to reset GE Dishwasher heating element?

Flip the dishwasher upside down, find the connections to the heating element (they’re usually purple and white or red and white wires), and locate the small reset button between them. Press it, reassemble everything, and test the heating element by running the dishwasher.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that a reset won’t be a silver bullet for major concerns such as the notorious GE Dishwasher No Power issue.

However, it still serves as a quick troubleshooter in many scenarios, sparing you the effort of disassembling the washer. 

Always consider these reset methods initially though, before delving into deeper diagnostics. I hope you got what you wanted from this post – go on and try out all these methods.

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