GE Dishwasher Error Codes (Comprehensive Guide)

GE Dishwasher Error Codes (Comprehensive Guide)

GE Dishwashers with electronic controls are equipped with fault codes, also known as error or function codes, that help technicians diagnose issues quickly. These codes provide valuable information to assist in troubleshooting and resolving problems with your GE dishwasher.

While some codes have simple solutions that you can try yourself, others may require the expertise of a repair technician. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide a detailed list of the most common fault, error, and function codes, along with possible solutions for each.

Understanding Dishwasher Fault Codes

Fault codes are alphanumeric codes that appear on the dishwasher’s display panel when an issue is detected. These codes indicate specific problems in the dishwasher’s operation, such as drainage issues, temperature problems, or malfunctions in various components.

By understanding these codes and their meanings, you can effectively troubleshoot and resolve issues with your dishwasher.

Common Dishwasher Fault and Error Codes

Below is a list of the most frequently encountered fault and error codes in GE dishwashers, along with their definitions and possible solutions:

Number + H (Ex. 1H)

  • Definition: This code indicates that the dishwasher is in Delay Start mode.
  • Solution: To learn more about this feature and how to disable it, refer to the user manual or the “Dishwasher – Delay Start Option” guide.

C1

  • Definition: The pump out during drain has exceeded 2 minutes.
  • Solution: Clean the air gap and check for any blockages. Consider replacing or repositioning the hose. Running the disposer can also help clear any clogs. If the problem persists, it is advisable to contact a service technician. Refer to the “Dishwasher – Cleaning Your Air Gap” guide for more information.

C2

  • Definition: The total pump out cycle exceeds 7 minutes.
  • Solution: Press the RESET button to stop the beeping sound.

C3

  • Definition: The dishwasher is not draining properly.
  • Solution: Disconnect the power at the circuit breaker for approximately 30 seconds and then reset the dishwasher. If the issue persists, it is recommended to contact a service technician.

C4

  • Definition: The machine filled with water twice after a power failure. This indicates a stuck or failed float switch or a clogged drain or sump.
  • Solution: Touch the start button and then cancel/reset. Gently tap on the float cover, which is a plastic cover resembling an upside-down cup in the front left corner of the dishwasher’s floor, to un-stick the float. Check the sump area at the back of the tub for any debris, as it can become clogged. If the problem continues, it is best to contact a service technician.

C5

  • Definition: The pump out time is too short.
  • Solution: Ensure that the water supply is turned on and try running the same cycle again. Gently tap on the float cover to un-stick the float. This cover is located in the front left corner of the dishwasher’s floor and resembles an upside-down cup.

C6

  • Definition: The water temperature is too low.
  • Solution: The water entering the dishwasher should be at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Before starting the dishwasher, run the adjacent faucet to purge any cold water from the line. Adjust the water heater temperature accordingly. Avoid using other appliances that require hot water, such as washing machines or taking showers, while the dishwasher is running. Utilize the dishwasher’s options to extend the cycle duration for increased heat.

C7

  • Definition: The dishwasher’s water temperature sensor circuit is not functioning correctly.
  • Solution: Disconnect the power at the circuit breaker for approximately 30 seconds, then reset the dishwasher. If the issue persists, it is advisable to contact a service technician.

C8

  • Definition: This display indicates that the detergent cup is blocked from opening fully.
  • Solution: Remove any obstructions, such as silverware or pans, that may be blocking the detergent cup. Close and latch the door, and wait for 30 seconds for the cup to open. Refer to the “Dishwasher – Detergent Cup Did Not Open” guide for more information.

PF Code

  • Definition: Indicates a power failure to the dishwasher.
  • Solution: Simply select the desired cycle and options, press the Start pad, and the dishwasher will function normally.

Cup Open

  • Definition: The detergent cup has not been closed properly. This is a reminder to add detergent and latch the cup closed.
  • Solution: When this problem occurs, the cycle will not start. However, you can override it by pressing the start pad again without opening the door. If the problem persists, it is recommended to contact a service technician.

FTD or F56

  • Definition: Failure to drain. The dishwasher did not drain as expected.
  • Solution: Check for any clogs or blockages in the drain hose or air gap. Ensure that the drain hose is properly installed and not kinked. Clean the air gap and check the sump area for any debris. If the issue persists, it is best to contact a service technician.

F9

  • Definition: The dishwasher is not filling with water or is not sensing water fill.
  • Solution: Ensure that the water supply is turned on and that the water pressure is adequate. Check for any kinks in the water supply hose and ensure that the valve is fully open. Clean the inlet filter if it is clogged with debris. If the problem continues, it is recommended to contact a service technician.

Latch Error

  • Definition: The door is not latched or is not closing properly.
  • Solution: Ensure that the door is fully closed and latched. Check for any obstructions that may be preventing the door from closing properly. If the problem persists, it is advisable to contact a service technician.

Final Thoughts

Understanding dishwasher fault and error codes can save you time and money when troubleshooting issues with your GE dishwasher. By referring to this comprehensive guide, you can identify the specific issue indicated by the fault code and attempt possible solutions.

However, if the problem persists or you are unsure about performing any repairs yourself, it is always recommended to seek assistance from a qualified service technician.

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