How to Troubleshoot General Electric Dishwashers

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Dishwashers are appliances that work in the kitchen to clean dishes. It has rules to govern its use and when those rules are broken, the dishwasher will fail to work. The General Electric dishwasher is a great addition to kitchen appliances and also has a set of maintenance rules to ensure proper functioning. If for some reason the machine decides to malfunction, there are a few troubleshooting ideas to look into.

  • Eliminate abnormal odors in your General Electric dishwasher by removing any food particles found on the bottom of the machine. Locate any plastic, paper or other debris blocking the pump inlet and remove. Unblock the spray arm jets with a paper clip.

  • Do not overload the dishes, as this can cause poor drying. See that the dishes are not touching each other. Make sure the water temperature is between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for best drying performance.

  • Check under the sink to locate the water valve found on the water line. If your dishwasher is not filling up with water, make sure the valve is open. Turn the valve all the way to the left.

  • Make sure the water pressure isn't too low if the dishwasher isn't filling up completely. Water pressure must be 20 to 120 psi. Make sure that the inlet water hose connected to the dishwasher is not kinked. Remove the toe-kick plate on the front of the bottom of the dishwasher to check the hose.

  • Notice whether or not the dishwasher drains while filling, as this is a sign of either an air gap in the drain hose, or the loop from the floor to prevent backflow of water isn't 32" high. If either problem is located, fix it. Check the water level when the fill cycle has completed. The level should be just under the heating element. If it is not, you will know the water is draining while filling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Water remaining on the bottom of the dishwasher is normal and is usually not a cause for concern. To save energy let the dishes dry overnight.
  • Unplug your General Electric dishwasher from the power source before attempting to perform any maintenance on the appliance.

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