What to Do When Your Dishwasher Keeps Beeping

What to Do When Your Dishwasher Keeps Beeping

Some of the actions you can take when your dishwasher keeps beeping are performing a complete reset, checking for a power surge, or confirming whether or not you have overloaded your GE dishwasher.

Therefore, since there can be different reasons why your dishwasher keeps beeping, you may want to first identify what exactly is making your dishwasher beep at that particular time so that you can quickly and effectively resolve the issue.

About 70% of all American households own a dishwashing machine, yet only about 20% of this population actually put their appliance to use. Some users blame this occurrence on the failure of their dishwasher to last as long as they expected.

While a typical machine will naturally wear out and break down after years of constant use, the average dishwasher is expected to last for anything between 7 to 12 years. How long your appliance last may vary from brand to brand, but it is not far-fetched to think that terrible practices such as ignoring a dishwasher that keeps beeping can also reduce the lifespan drastically.

Hence, in this article, we will show you what certain types of beeping sounds on your GE dishwasher means and how to fix this and easily resolve a sensor issue when you encounter one.

What Does 3 Beeps Mean On A GE Dishwasher?

Your GE dishwasher will beep or blink to indicate different problems and naturally, it is advisable to consult the owner’s manual to understand the problem and possible solutions for it. Nevertheless, 3 beeps on your dishwashing machine simply mean that the door is not properly locked.

You will usually notice this during a washing cycle and it is often as a result of not latching the door completely before washing begins. It may also help to know that sometimes even when you have ensured to latch the door completely, the appliance could still beep 3 times to indicate door problems still.

This will happen with time, after several uses, and when the door latch is weakening hence appearing shut to the eyes while the machine picks on those tiny faults.

Also, some owners have reported that their dishwashers sometimes beep three times even when they had ensured that the door was latched correctly or when they have verified that the door latch works just fine. This can be attributed to a faulty control panel which we can correctly blame on a power surge during use. Whenever there is a bad flow of electricity through the machine, you can expect it to give off warning signals such as a 3-beep or a 30-second beep.

Then lastly, 3 beeps on a GE dishwasher can also mean that the machine could be experiencing some leaks with water and soap lodging at the bottom. This flooding problem is far less common and usually only happens when components such as the water inlet valve are not functioning properly.

But the first two problems, especially the improper door latching problem, are much more common and you should always be on the lookout for them.

How Do You Fix 3 Beeps?

The fixes for 3 beeps on your GE dishwasher can range anything from simple observation or reset to a complex solution that often involves calling the appliance repairman.

Locking the Door

The first and simplest solution to 3 beeps on a GE dishwasher is simply making sure that the door is latched fully. Once you notice the 3 beeps after loading your machine and pressing “Start,” simply stop the cycle, open the door then close it completely.

Next, restart the washing cycle and the appliance should work without further complaints.

Resetting the Control Panel

As mentioned above, your machine may beep 3 times because there was a power surge which might cause the control panel to misbehave.

A quick reset is usually enough to take care of this problem. To reset the control board first hold down on the “Start” or “Reset” button for about 5 seconds. This will turn the machine off.

Allow to sit for about 2 minutes then press the “Start” button to turn it back on. This should usually fix the problem. However, in the event that the challenge persists, a hard reset should suffice.

To perform, a hard reset, locate the power cord and unplug it from the power source. Then allow it to sit for about 2 minutes before plugging it back in and restating the dishwasher.

However, if the power cord is not accessible based on how your dishwasher was installed, you can still perform a hard reset by simply locating the circuit breaker dedicated to the machine, flipping it off for about 30 seconds then turning it back on.

Preventing Flooding

Since flooding can also cause your GE dishwasher to beep 3 times, it is only natural that you avoid flooding to fix this problem.

You can do this by filling the appliance with too much water or soap. You can also use only the recommended soap to avoid caking.

Furthermore, removing large chunks of food from dishes before washing can also help prevent flooding by ensuring dirt and other particles do not quickly build up inside the dishwasher.

You can also check the water inlet valve and other components to be sure water and soap are flowing properly.

Doing the above regularly and cleaning the dishwashing machine at least twice a year should help you fix problems without involving the repairman.

Fixing the Latch

As we stated before, some solutions are simple while others require expertise and skills. And this is usually where you involve the repairer.

For instance, if the door latch is weak and needs changing, it is usually best to call the appliance repairman. They know how to quickly fix what is broken without messing with other parts.

You may also call in the repairer when you need problems with the inlet valve, sprayer arms, and filters.

How Do I Fix My GE Dishwasher Sensor?

It is crucial that you fix your GE dishwasher sensors as soon as possible not only to stop that annoying beeping sound but to also ensure your appliance is working optimally since they play vital roles in how the machine functions.

For instance, the temperature sensor checks the water temperature in the dishwasher and indicates when it is insufficient. The reed sensor picks up any obtrusion to the sprayer arms and sounds off a beeping as a warning. There is even a sensor that serves as an anti-flood by announcing when there is water in the casing.

This is why, it is advisable to fix the sensors anytime you suspect that the beeping is coming from any of them.

Below we will look at how to fix two different types of sensors; the turbidity and pressure sensors on your GE dishwasher.

How to Replace a GE Turbidity Sensor

Fixing this sensor is quite easy and requires only very little experience, tools, and time. For tools, you will need a ¼ inches nut driver, a flat-head screwdriver, and the new turbidity sensor you want to install.

To begin, cut off power from the machine by unplugging the power cord or turning off the circuit breaker (in case the power cord is not easily accessible).

Next, use the ¼ inches nut driver to unscrew the nuts on the access panel near the floor and then pull the access panel to remove it. Then remove every insulation blocking the way

Once the insulations are out of the way, locate the turbidity sensor attached to the pump housing and detach it by using the flat-head screwdriver to rotate it ant-clockwise.

Then remove the wire connector to completely detach the sensor. Once removed, pick the new sensor and attach the wire connector before placing the sensor back in the pump housing.

Next, using the flat-head screwdriver, turn the sensor clockwise to allow it seat properly in place. Then replace the insulations and reposition to the access panel before rethreading with the ¼ inches nut driver. The sensor replacement is now complete and you can now turn on the power supply and begin using your GE dishwasher once again.

How to Replace GE Pressure Sensor

Replacing this sensor takes more time, tools, and skillsets but it is nothing you cannot handle if you follow the steps below:

You will need a ¼ inches nut driver, a 5/16 inches driver, channel lock pliers, a flat-head screwdriver, and the new pressure sensor to be installed.

Once you have your tools complete, turn off the power supply by unplugging the power cord or flipping the circuit breaker off. Once the machine no longer has power, turn off the water supply too.

Next, unscrew the two nuts holding the access panel with the ¼ inches nut driver to remove the panel. Once the panel is out of the way, find the water inlet valve then use the channel lock pliers to unthread and remove the water supply line.

Next, pick the 5/16 inches nut driver and unthread the single nut holding the junction box cover, this will expose the white, black, and green wires that you need to disconnect.

Notice how the wires are joined and simply untwist the nuts on top to separate the wires. Once the wires have been fully separated, use the flat-head screwdriver to unthread the strain relief nut. This will allow you to detach both the strain relief and power wires from the junction box.

After you have gotten the wires free from the junction box, locate the drain hose and disconnect it from the sink drain before passing it through the cabinet hole to remove it from the other end. Now your machine is almost ready to be detached from the countertop or floor.

To completely unmount the dishwasher, proceed to unthread the screws securing it to the countertop or floor. Once that is done, adjust the legs on the appliance to allow for free movement.

Then gently pull the machine from the cabinet until there is enough space to lay it on its back. Now with the machine on its back, locate the pressure sensor from beneath and unplug the harness then lift the sensor tab and twist it anti-clockwise to release the sensor.

Next, insert the new sensor right where you removed the old one then turn it clockwise to set it in place. Then plug the harness into the new sensor before lifting the machine to stand upright.

Push the machine back towards the cabinet then pass the drain hose back through the cabinet hole. Once you have passed the hose through the hole, you can now gently push the appliance all the way into its position.

Once in place, adjust the legs to allow it to balance then thread the screws of the machine to the countertop or floor. Then pick the hose from the other end and attach it to the sink drain while making sure the hose is well elevated above the connection point.


Dishwashers are essential appliances in every home as they make life a lot easier but they are susceptible to little problems now and then. And if you find out that your dishwasher keeps beeping, you can follow the easy steps above to rectify this issue.

We have also thoroughly explained how you can fix 3 beeps as well as different GE dishwasher sensors. These are all easy fixes that anyone can do. But if you feel overwhelmed, you can always check the owner’s manual or consult a repairman.

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