What to Do When Your GE Dishwasher Beeps 3 Times: Causes and Solutions

There’s no denying the convenience of a modern dishwasher. It can effortlessly clean dishes and utensils with a touch of a button, liberating users from the monotony of scrubbing and rinsing. 

But what happens when the dishwasher starts communicating in an unfamiliar way, beeping three times instead of its usual hum? 

If you’ve experienced this phenomenon, you’re not alone. Audible beeping signals an underlying issue within the machine’s operations—one that needs to be promptly addressed to ensure optimal performance.

In this article, we’ll discuss the potential causes and solutions of your GE dishwasher beeping three times. Some solutions are as easy as adjusting the door latch or checking the water supply, but others are more complex and might require professional assistance. 

Deciphering the Signals: Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Beeps 3 Times

When a GE dishwasher beeps three times, it’s a common indication of a problem. Here are the primary culprits that trigger this alert: 

Door Isn’t Properly Closed 

To prevent water leakage during operation, GE dishwashers are designed to start only when the door is securely closed. If the door isn’t adequately sealed or latched, the dishwasher will emit a sequence of three beeps and remain idle. 

Possible Issues With Water Supply 

Dishwashers require a consistent supply of water to function effectively. If the dishwasher senses a problem with the water supply, such as low water pressure or a blocked water inlet valve, it’ll beep three times to alert you of the issue.

Clogged Filter 

GE dishwashers have filters that capture food particles and other debris during the cleaning process. Over time, these filters clog up and compromise the efficiency of your dishwasher’s cleaning performance. 

Overdue Maintenance 

Certain advanced dishwasher models, like the GE GDT695S and the GE Profile series, are equipped with intelligent sensors that track usage and performance. 

After a certain number of wash cycles, the dishwasher beeps three times letting you know it’s time to perform basic maintenance. 

This can include descaling your dishwasher, cleaning interior surfaces, evaluating the drainage system, inspecting the spray arms, and other general tasks. 

How to Stop Unwanted Beeping Sounds: 7 Effective Solutions

Here are some effective solutions to fix the beeping noise of your dishwasher: 

1. Double-Check the Door’s Latch Switch

The door latch switch is a critical component that ensures the dishwasher’s door is securely closed during operation. If the door isn’t properly locked, the dishwasher might not function as expected. Here’s how to fix this issue: 

Close-up of a woman checking the dishwasher door

Inspect the Latch Alignment

Firmly close the dishwasher’s door and make sure it’s properly aligned with the latch switch mechanism. If the door doesn’t close, there’s likely an issue with the latch itself. 

To check, hold the “Wash Cycle Select” and “Start” buttons simultaneously for five seconds before closing the door. 

If the LEDs stay open for 10 seconds, it means that a door lock has been detected and thus not faulty. But if it blinks for 10 seconds, it’s an indication that the control panel didn’t detect a door lock. 

For the latter result, the solution is to order and install a new replacement part. A dishwasher door latch costs $25 to upwards of $100, depending on the dishwasher brand

Clean Latch and Seal 

Food particles, detergent residues, and debris can accumulate around the latch and door seal over time, preventing the latch from engaging correctly. 

To solve this issue, clean the latch with mild detergent and a soft cloth. For hard-to-reach areas, use a soft toothbrush or a small paintbrush to dislodge the build-up. 

After loosening the particles, wipe the latch and the surrounding area with a damp cloth. 

Adjust Strike Plate 

The strike plate is a small metal or plastic piece that the latch engages with when the door is closed. 

Over time, the strike plate loses its original alignment due to vibration and movement, door slamming, and repeated stress and friction from regular use. 

You can adjust the strike plate by loosening the fasteners and aligning it with the latch mechanism. 

2. Address Water Supply Issues

The dishwasher won’t start if there’s too much or too little water. 

If the dishwasher detects an excessive amount of water in the base of the machine, it activates the anti-floor alarm as a safety measure. Resolve this issue by soaking up the excess water with clean towels or a wet/dry vacuum, and try again.

If the issue stems from insufficient water, ensure that the water supply valve under the sink is fully open to allow ample water supply. 

Then, check the water pressure in your home. If other faucets experience low water pressure, you might have to replace the water pressure regulator, install a home water pressure booster, or contact an appliance technician to check for internal water leaks.

The issue might also stem from a bent, kinked, or twisted water inlet, resulting in restricted water flow. Straighten the hose and test the water pressure. If the water pressure is poor, disconnect the hose and check for potential blockages. 

3. Clean Clogged Filters 

Locate the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher, near the spray arm. Depending on the dishwasher model, you may need to remove the lower rack to access the filter. 

Remove the coarse filter and rinse it under running water to dislodge food particles. Scrub stubborn residue with a toothbrush or soft brush. 

Beneath the coarse filter, you might find a second mesh filter. Lift it out and rinse it under running water. Ensure both filters are dry before reinserting them into their original position. 

4. Reset the Machine 

GE dishwashers aren’t immune to the occasional glitch or control panel malfunction, resulting in a three-beep alert. More often than not, resetting the dishwasher can solve this problem. 

To reset, unplug the dishwasher from the power source and wait about five minutes for residual electrical charges to dissipate. 

Then, plug the dishwasher back and initiate a reset. 

Look for the Start/Cancel or Reset button. Press and hold the button, then wait for a moment as the dishwasher initializes. 

If that doesn’t work, you may have to perform a hard reset. 

Turn off the device and unplug the power cord or turn it off via the circuit breaker for at least 10 minutes. The dishwasher should resume its normal wash cycle when you turn the power back on. 

5. Inspect the Control Board

Close-up of the control board of a dishwasher

If the above fixes don’t resolve the beeping problem, you might be dealing with a faulty electronic control board. 

The dishwasher’s control board is the central hub for cycle selection, where you can find options like dry cycle and washing cycle. If it’s malfunctioning, it can lead to various issues that can prevent the dishwasher from initiating a wash cycle. 

Here’s how to address a faulty electronic board: 

Check for Error Codes 

Most GE dishwashers display beep codes to alert the user of a malfunction. You’ll find the most common error codes on the official GE website

What you’re looking for is the C7, PrS, or 999 error code. 

The C7 error code indicates that the dishwasher’s water temperature sensor circuit is faulty. If the problem persists even after disconnecting and reconnecting the power at the circuit breaker, you’ll have to replace the sensor. 

The PrS error code occurs when the pressure signal sends an invalid request to the control board. This is likely a harness or sensor issue, which again needs proper maintenance from a service person. 

And finally, the 999 error message indicates that the unit’s electronic control panel needs to be reset, which you can do by turning the machine off and on. If the problem persists, you may need to install a replacement control board. 

Check for Physical Damage 

Examine the control board for signs of damage, like moisture, cracks, or worn-out buttons.

Physical damage can affect the functionality of the board. You may need to replace the entire component to fix the issue. Depending on the model, a replacement may cost between $100 to $120. 

6. Disable Demo Mode or Control Lock 

When a dishwasher is in Demo Mode, the buttons will be illuminated but won’t start when pressed. Instead, it would emit three beeps as a response to let you know it’s functional but out of regular cleaning mode. 

To disable Demo Mode, unplug the dishwasher for 30 seconds then plug it back in to restore power. Then, push the Start and Delay Start buttons simultaneously for five seconds. 

If this doesn’t work, consult the GE dishwasher user manual or contact customer support. Demo Mode is a user-activated setting designed to be reversed even without professional help.

7. Contact Professional Support 

Two technicians placing dishwasher in kitchen

If the steps above don’t resolve the issue, it’s best that you seek professional support. 

A certified technician can diagnose the problem through specialized tools and personal experience. They can determine whether the issue stems from the dishwasher control panel or something else. 

If the dishwasher is still relatively new, take advantage of the warranty. Don’t attempt to fix the issue yourself as this may void the warranty. 

Wrapping Up 

When a GE dishwasher beeps three times, it could be indicative of problems like a faulty door latch, clogged filter, water supply issue, or faulty control board. The steps above should help you fix the problem, but if it persists, don’t hesitate to contact professional help. 

David Shaw
Dishwashers Review in UK