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Safety Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Operating Instructions
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Loading Place Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Loading the Dishwasher Racks . . . . . . . . 9
Using the Dishwasher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Troubleshooting Tips. . . . . . . . . 12-14
Consumer Support
Consumer Support. . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Owner’s Manual
Dishwashers
GDF510-540 Series
GDT530-550 Series
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Model #_ _________________
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING —
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WARNING!
For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire,
explosion, electric shock, and to prevent property damage, personal injury, or death.
WARNING! WATER HEATER SAFETY
Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a water heater that has not been used for two or
more weeks. HYDROGEN GAS IS EXPLOSIVE.
If the hot water has not been used for two or more weeks, prevent the possibility of damage or injury by turning
on all hot water faucets and allow them to run for several minutes. Do this before using any electrical appliance
connected to the hot water system. This simple procedure will allow any built-up hydrogen gas to escape. Since
the gas is flammable, do not smoke, use an open flame, or use the appliance during this process.
PROPER INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE
This dishwasher must be properly installed and located in accordance with the Installation Instructions
before it is used. If you did not receive an Installation Instructions sheet with your dishwasher, you can
receive one by visiting our Website at GEAppliances.com. In Canada, visit www.GEAppliances.ca.
■Connect the dishwasher/appliance to a grounded
metal, permanent wiring system; or run an
equipment-grounding conductor with the circuit
conductors and connect to the equipmentgrounding terminal or lead of the appliance.
■Improper connection of the equipment-grounding
conductor can result in a risk of electric shock. Check
with a qualified electrician or service representative
if you are in doubt whether the appliance is properly
grounded.
■Dispose of discarded appliances and shipping
or packing material properly.
CAUTION:
To prevent minor injury and property damage
■Contents washed in Wash Temp Boost or Wash
Temp Sani mode, if available, may be hot to the
touch. Use care before handling.
■Using a detergent that is
not specifically designed for
dishwashers will cause the
dishwasher to fill with suds.
■If your dishwasher is
connected to a wall switch, ensure that
the switch is on prior to use.
■On dishwashers with electronic controls,
if you choose to turn the wall switch
off between wash cycles, allow 5-10
seconds after turning the switch on
before touching START to allow the control to
initialize.
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■ Do not attempt to repair or replace any part
of your dishwasher unless it is specifically
recommended in this manual. All other servicing
should be referred to a qualified technician.
■To minimize the possibility of electric shock,
disconnect this appliance from the power supply
before attempting any maintenance.
NOTE: Turning the dishwasher off does not
disconnect the appliance from the power supply. We
recommend having a qualified technician service
your appliance.
■Non-Dishware Items: Do not wash items such
as electronic air cleaner filters, furnace filters
and paint brushes in your dishwasher. Damage
to the dishwasher and discoloration or staining
of the dishwasher may result.
■Close supervision is necessary if this appliance
is used by or near children.
■Load light, plastic items so they do not become
dislodged and drop to the bottom of the
dishwasher—they might come into contact with
the heating element and be damaged.
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ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS
■This appliance must be supplied with 120V, 60 Hz,
and connected to an individual, properly grounded
branch circuit, protected by a 15 or 20 amp circuit
breaker or time-delay fuse.
■If the electric supply provided does not meet the
above specifications, it is recommended that a
licensed electrician install an approved outlet.
■Your dishwasher circuit should not be used for
any other appliance while the dishwasher is in
operation as the dishwasher requires the full
capacity of the circuit.
■If the wall receptacle you plug the dishwasher’s
power cord into is controlled by a switch, turn on
the switch.
WARNING! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE DISHWASHER
Junked or abandoned dishwashers are dangerous…
they will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting
old dishwasher, please follow the instructions below
prevent accidents.
even if
rid of your
to help
Before You Throw Away Your
Dishwasher:
Old
■Take off the door of the washing compartment or
remove the latch (as shown).
remove the
WARNING!
When using your dishwasher, follow basic precautions,
including the following:
■Use this appliance only for its intended purpose
as described in this Owner’s Manual.
■Use only powder, Cascade® Complete Action Packs,
liquid detergents or rinse agents recommended for
use in a dishwasher and keep them out of the reach
of children. Cascade® and Cascade® Complete
Automatic Dishwashing Detergents, and Cascade
Crystal Clear® rinse agents have been approved for
use in all GE dishwashers.
■Locate sharp items so that they are not likely to
damage the door seal.
■Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the
risk of cut-type injuries.
■Do not wash plastic items unless marked dishwasher
safe or the equivalent. For plastic items not so marked,
check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
■Do not touch the heating element during or
immediately after use.
■Do not operate your dishwasher unless all enclosure
panels are properly in place.
■Do not tamper with controls.
■Do not abuse, sit on or stand on the door or dish rack
of the dishwasher.
■Do not allow children to play around the dishwasher
when opening or closing the door due to the possibility
of small fingers being pinched in the door.
■Do not discard a dishwasher without first removing
the door of the washing compartment or the latch
keeper.
■Do not store or use combustible materials, gasoline or
other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of
this or any other appliance.
■Do not allow children to play with, on or inside this or
any discarded appliance.
READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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Getting started!
Features and appearance will vary throughout this manual
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Load Dishwahser
For best dishwashing results, follow the rack loading guidelines found in the Loading the dishwasher racks section.
No pre-rinsing of normal food is required. Scrape off hard soils, including bones, toothpicks, skins, and seeds. Remove
leafy vegetables, meat trimmings, and excessive amounts of grease or oil. Remove acidic food soils that can discolor
stainless steel.
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Add Detergent
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Add Rinse Agent
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Add needed amount of detergent to the detergent dispenser. See Detergent Dispenser in the Using the dishwasher section.
Add needed Rinse Agent to the rinse dispenser. See Use a Rinse Agent such as Cascade Crystal Clear® in the Using the
dishwasher section
Select Cycle
Press the Select Cycle pad for the desired wash cycle. The light next to the Select Cycle pad will be on to indicate which wash
cycle has been selected. The indicator light may flash, indicating a malfunction.
The cycle may be selected with the door in the open position. The cycle will start shortly after the door is closed.
AutoSense
The diswasher automatically senses the soil level and adjusts the wash cycle accordingly.
(on some models)
Heavy This cycle is meant for heavily soiled dishes, cookware, pots, or pans with dried-on or baked on soils. Everyday dishes are safe to be used in this cycle.
Normal This cycle is meant for normal every day soil levels and is designed to conserve both
water and energy. NOTE: Normal was used to rate the energy efficiency of this dishwasher.
Light This cycle is for light to medium soiled dishes. It is safe for both china and crystal.
Rinse For rinsing partial loads that will be washed later. Do not use detergent
(on some models)
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Select Options
The light by the selected pad will be ON to indicate which OPTION has been selected.
Wash Temp Energizes the heater to boost water temperature in prewash and main wash fill cycles.
Boost Recommended for use with heavily soiled dishes. Option may be turned On or Off
(on some models) during the wash cycle.
Wash Temp This cycle raises the water temperature in the final rinse to sanitize your dishware. The
Sani cycle length will vary depending on the temperature of your inlet water.
(on some models)
NOTE: This option is monitored for sanitization requirements. If the cycle is interrupted during or after
the main wash portion or if the incoming water temperature is so low that adequate water heating
cannot be achieved, the sanitizing conditions may not be met. In these cases, the Sanitized light will not
illuminate at the end of the cycle.
NOTE: Only this cycle has been designed to meet the requirements of Section 6, NSF 184 for soil
removal and sanitization efficacy.
NOTE: NSF certified residential dishwashers are not intended for licensed food establishments.
Heated Dry OffShuts off the drying heat option. Dishes air dry naturally and energy is saved. Open the dishwasher door to speed drying.
Heated Dry On Turns the heater on for fast drying. This cycle will extend the time to your wash cycle by 30 minutes. DO NOT use with Rinse only cycle.
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Select Options (Continued)
Steam (Prewash)For use with heavily soiled and/or dried-on, baked-on soils. This option MUST be selected PRIOR to
(on some models) starting the sycle. The Steam option adds approximately 30 minutes to the cycle time. This option is available with all cycles except Rinse only.
Wash Selecting either the Upper or Lower Wash Zones will target dishwashing of just one rack. This will Zonesshorten the cycle time and conserve energy. This option can be used when there is only half a (on some models) load of dishes.
Delay Delays the start of a wash cycle up to 8 to 12 hours depending on model. Touch Delay Hours, touch to select Hours the number of hours, then touch Start one time to begin countdown. Dishwasher will start once allotted time (on some models) has expired.
Control
You can lock the controls to prevent selections from being made. You can also lock the controls
Lock after you have started a cycle to prevent uninterrupted cycle changes. For example, children cannot accidentally start the dishwasher by touching pads with this option selected.
To LOCK the dishwasher control, depending on the model, touch and hold the Heated Dry pad for 3 seconds or touch
and hold the Steam and Wash Temp pads at the same time for 3 seconds. The light will turn on to indicate the control is
locked.
To UNLOCK the dishwasher control, depending on the model, touch and hold the Heated Dry pad for 3 second or touch and and hold the Steam and Wash Temp pads at the same time for 3 seconds. The light will turn off to indicate the control is unlocked.
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Start Dishwasher
Start Door can be open to start the cycle and select desired options. Touch the Start pad one time to begin
Interrupt
To interrupt or pause a dish cycle, open the door. Opening the door will cause the wash cycle to pause. The dishwasher will beep every minute to remind you to close the door. To restart or resume
the cycle, touch Start, and close the door.
Cancel To cancel a wash cycle, touch and hold the Start pad for 3 seconds and close door. The dishwasher
will drain, emit a beep sound, and the wash cycle light will turn OFF.
or Pause
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the cycle. Close the door to start the cycle or begin the Delay Hours countdown. The wash cycle will begin shortly after closing door. If the door is open, the illuminated lights will turn off if a pad is not
touched within two minutes. To activate the display, close and open the door or touch any pad.
Cycle Completion
Sanitized
Displayed at the end of the cycle when Wash Temp Sani (Sanitize) has been selected and the dishwasher
Clean
has met the requirements for sanitization. See Wash Temp Sani above, for complete cycle description.
Opening the door or touching any key while the door is closed will turn off the light.
Displayed when a wash cycle is complete. The light stays ON as a reminder that the dishes are clean. Opening the door or touching any key while the door is closed will turn the light off.
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Using the dishwasher.
Check the Water Temperature
The entering water should be at least 120°F (49°C) and
not more than 150°F (66°C) for effective cleaning and to
prevent dish damage. Check the water temperature with a
candy or meat thermometer. Turn on the hot water faucet
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nearest the dishwasher, place the thermometer in a glass
and let the water run continuously into the glass until the
temperature stops rising.
Use a Rinse Agent such as Cascade Crystal Clear®
Rinse agents such as Cascade Crystal Clear ® remove spots and prevent new film buildup on your dishes, glasses,
flatware, cookware and plastic.
Filling the Dispenser
The rinse agent dispenser holds 3.5 oz. (103.5 ml) of rinse agent. Under normal
conditions, this will last approximately one month. Try to keep it full, but do not overfill.
1 Make sure the dishwasher door is fully open.
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3
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Open the RINSE AID dispenser door.
Indicator
window
Add rinse agent until the indicator window looks full.
Clean up any spilled rinse agent with a damp cloth.
Close the RINSE AID dispenser door.
Rinse Aid Setting
The amount of rinse agent released into the final wash can be adjusted. The factory
setting is at the midpoint. If there are rings of calcium (hard water) spots on dishes, try a
higher setting. If you see foam in the dishwasher, move the indicator to a lower setting.
To adjust the setting
Open the RINSE AID dispenser door; then turn the adjuster counterclockwise to increase
the amount of rinse agent, clockwise to reduce the amount of rinse agent.
Rinse
agent
adjuster
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Using the dishwasher.
Detergent Dispenser
The detergent dispenser is on the upper left hand side of
the dishwasher door. It has two compartments. Use the
main wash compartment for all loads. Use the pre-wash
compartment only when your water is extremely hard or
when you have a heavy soiled load.
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Detergent
Dispenser
You may use tablet, powder, liquid or gel automatic
dishwasher detergent. Make sure you use only detergents
specifically labeled for use in automatic dishwashers. Never
use liquid hand dis detergent in an automatic dishwasher.
Sudsing and poor wash performance will result with the use of
improper detergents.
Detergents should be stored in a dry location and in their
original container to prevent loss of effectiveness. Place
detergent in the cup just prior to starting the dishwasher and
then close and latch the cover. The cover will open during the
wash cycle.
Filling the Detergent Dispenser
GE recommends using detergent in tablet or packet form.
Independent testing has shown this form of detergent is very
effective in the dishwasher. Cascade® Complete 2 in 1
Action Packs are an example of this type of detergent. Simply
put a tablet or packet into the main wash compartment and
then close and latch the detergent cup cover. Please notice
that the tablet or packet must be placed in the main wash
compartment of the detergent cup. If the tablet or packet is
tossed in the bottom of the dishwasher, the detergent will be
flushed down the drain in a very short period of time and will
thus be wasted. Wash performance will be very poor as a
result.
If you choose to use detergent in powder, liquid or gel form,
the amount of detergent you use will be determined by the
hardness of your water, the temperature of your water,
and the food soil load inside the dishwasher. Contact your
water company to get information about the hardness of
the water in your area. You may purchase a hard water test
strip from GE. Call 1-800-626-2002 and ask for part number
WD01X10295.
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Number of
Grains
Detergent Cups to Fill
Less than 4
Fill cup to soft line (1/3 full)
4 to 8
Fill cup to medium soft line (2/3 full)
8 to 12
Fill cup to medium hard line
(completely full)
Greater
than 12
Fill both main wash cup and pre
wash cup
Soft
Medium
Soft
Medium
Hard
Extremely Hard or
Heavy Soils
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Using too much detergent with very soft and/or very
hot water may cause a condition called etching on your
glassware. Etching is a permanent cloudiness in your
glassware. This condition is irreversible. However, using too
little detergent will cause poor wash performance.
Use the table as a starting point and then adjust the amount
of detergent you use. Use just enough to get good wash
performance. Using just the right amount of detergent will
provide great wash performance without wasting detergent
or etching of glassware.
DO NOT USE HAND DISH DETERGENT
NOTE: Using a detergent that is not specifically designed
for dishwashers will cause the dishwasher to fill with suds.
During operation, these suds will spill out of the dishwasher
vents, covering the kitchen floor and making the floor wet.
Because so many detergent containers look alike, store the
dishwasher detergent in a separate space from all other
cleaners. Show anyone who may use the dishwasher the
correct detergent and where it is stored.
While there will be no lasting damage to the dishwasher, your
dishes will not get clean using a dishwashing detergent that is
not formulated to work with automatic dishwashers.
Loading the dishwasher racks.
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For best dishwashing results, follow these loading guidelines. Features and appearance of racks and silverware
baskets may vary from your model.
Upper Rack
of the dishwasher.
Although the upper rack is primarily for glasses, cups
and saucers, pots, pans, and plates can be placed
in this rack for effective cleaning. This is also a secure
place for dishwasher-safe plastics.
The upper rack is good for all kinds of odd-shaped
utensils. Saucepans, mixing bowls and other items
should be placed face down.
The upper rack is adjustable (on some models)
to add flexibility in loading your dishwasher.
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To raise, remove the endcaps located at the end of
the side rails. Fully extend the rack to remove the
rack from the dishwasher. Insert the rail between the
top and middle side wheels on the side of rack. To
lower, insert the rail between the middle and bottom
wheels. Replace the endcaps on the ends of the rails
to secure the rack.
The utility shelf (on some models) may be placed
in the up or down position to add flexibility. A wine
glass holder (on some models) secures wine glasses
for best washability. Because wine glasses come in
various sizes, after loading, slowly push
in the rack to make sure they will clear the top
Lower Rack
The lower rack is best used for plates, saucers and
cookware. Large items such as broiler pans and
baking racks should go along the left or right-hand
side. Load platters, pots and bowls along the sides,
in corners or in the back. If necessary, oversized
glasses and mugs can be placed in the lower rack to
maximize loading flexibility.
Also, be careful not to let a portion of an item such
as a pot or dish handle extend through the bottom
rack. This could block the wash arm and cause poor
washing results.
Do not let any item extend through the bottom
of the silverware basket. Items that extend below
the silverware basket could prevent the spray arm
from turning and cause poor wash performance.
One-piece basket (on some models)
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Square basket (on some models)
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Silverware Basket
The silverware basket (on some models) is positioned
on the front of the upper rack. To install, slide the
silverware basket down hooking the tabs into the
front wire bumps on the rack. To remove, lift up and
out. Avoid reaching over the silverware basket to
load the dishwasher.
The silverware basket (on some models) is located
on the door. To install, align slots on the back of the
basket with the knobs located on the door. Slide the
basket down to lock into place.
Silverware baskets can be removed from the rack or
door to load or unload silverware.
Fold-down tines (on some models) provide flexibility
for extra-large and hard-to-fit items.
Make sure small plastic items are secure so they
can’t fall onto the heater.
Be sure that items do not protrude through the
bottom of the rack and block rotation of the
middle spray arm. This could result in poor wash
performance for items in the upper rack.
Check to make sure
that no items will block
rotation of the wash
arms.
The reversible tine block (on some models) is
designed for flexibility in loading dishes. The tines
may be rotated to position dishes in either direction.
Fold-down tines (on some models) provide flexibility
for extra-large and hard-to-fit items. The tines may
be left in the up position, removed, reversed, or
folded down to customize the lower rack.
Put flatware in the removable basket with fork and
knife handles up to protect your hands. Place spoons
in the basket with handles down. Mix knives, forks
and spoons so they don’t nest together. Distribute
evenly. Small plastic items, such as measuring
spoons and lids from small containers should go
in the bottom of the silverware basket with the
silverware on top.
The lids of both end and middle baskets (on some
models) can be closed to contain small items, such
as baby bottle nipples, plastic lids, or corn cob
holders. Long items can be placed in the utility
basket or on the utility shelf in the upper rack.
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Loading place settings…
Follow these guidelines for loading 10 place settings. Features and appearance of racks and silverware baskets
may vary from your model. NOTE: Silverware should be individually loaded into the slots on the silverware basket lid.
Upper Rack—10 place settings (on some models)
Lower Rack—10 place settings (on some models)
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Front Control models
with square basket
Long silverware basket
models
Front Control models
with square basket
*Tine finger: Vertical wire that separates and holds plates on the rack.
Long silverware basket Long silverware basket
models (12 tine
models (13 tine
fingers* by row)
fingers* by row)
Follow these guidelines for loading 12 place settings. Features and appearance of racks and silverware baskets
may vary from your model. NOTE: Silverware should be individually loaded into the slots on the silverware basket lid.
Upper Rack—12 place settings (on some models)
Lower Rack—12 place settings (on some models)
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Front Control models
with square basket
Long silverware basket
models
Front Control models
with square basket
*Tine finger: Vertical wire that separates and holds plates on the rack.
Long silverware basket
models (12 tine
fingers* by row)
Long silverware basket
models (13 tine
fingers* by row)
NOTE: Do not place plates smaller than 6” on the back of the lower rack, refer to figures shown above.
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Caring and cleaning.
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Cleaning the Exterior Door Panel
Before cleaning the front panel, make sure you know
what type of panel you have. Refer to the last two
letters of your model number. You can locate your
model number on the left-hand tub wall just inside the
door. If your model number ends with BB, CC, or WW,
then you have a painted door panel. If your model
number ends with SS, then you have a Stainless Steel
Door panel. If your model number ends with II, then
you have an Intergrated door panel.
Follow the instructions below for cleaning the door
panel for your specific model.
Painted Door Panel (model numbers ending in BB–
black, CC–bisque or WW–white)
Use a clean, soft, lightly dampened cloth, then dry
thoroughly. You may also use a good appliance wax
or polish.
Stainless Steel Door Panel (model numbers ending in
SS)
The stainless steel panels can be cleaned with
Stainless Steel Magic or a similar product using a clean,
soft cloth. Do not use appliance wax, polish, bleach or
products containing chlorine on Stainless Steel doors.
You can order Stainless Steel Magic #WX10X15
through GE Parts by calling 800.626.2002.
Integrated Door Panel (model numbers ending in II)
This is a custom installed door panel, and you
will need to refer to the cabinet manufacturers
recommendations for proper cleaning.
Cleaning the Control Panel
To clean the control panel, use a lightly dampened
cloth. Then dry thoroughly.
Stainless Steel Interior-Tub and Inner Door
The stainless steel used to clean the dishwasher tub
and inner door provides the highest reliability available
in a GE dishwasher.
If the dishwasher tub or inner door should be
scratched or dented during normal use, they will not
rust or corrode. These surface blemishes will not affect
their function or durability.
Cleaning the Filters
Fine Filter
Clean the Fine Filter every other month or more
frequently depending on usage. Remove the bottom
rack. Twist and remove the large round filter. Rinse
filter with warm soapy water and use a sponge to
carefully remove any stubborn particles. Scrubbing
with scouring pads or brushes can damage the filter.
Once cleaned, replace the Fine Filter, and twist to lock
in place.
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Coarse Filter
Clean the Coarse Filter each year or as needed to
remove large food particles. Remove the bottom rack,
and twist each of the two retaining posts located
toward the back bottom of the tub, and remove the
flat mesh plate (Coarse Filter). Rinse filter with warm
soapy water. Scouring pads or brushes can damage
the filter. Once cleaned, replace the mesh plate, and
twist the two retaining posts into place.
The retaining posts can be
a choke hazard for small
children. Keep out of reach of children.
WARNING!
Protect Against Freezing
If your dishwasher is left in an unheated place during
the winter, ask a service technician to:
1 Cut off electrical power to the dishwasher.
Remove fuses or trip circuit breaker.
3 Drain water from the water inlet line and water
valve. (Use a pan to catch the water.)
4 Reconnect the water inlet line to the water valve.
2 Turn off the water supply and disconnect the
water inlet line from the water valve.
Air gap
Does Your Dishwasher Have an Air Gap?
An air gap protects your dishwasher against water
backing up into it if a drain clogs. The air gap is not
Check the air gap any a part of the dishwasher. It is not covered by your
time your dishwasher warranty. Not all plumbing codes require air gaps,
isn’t draining well. so you may not have one.
The air gap is easy to clean.
1 Turn off the dishwasher and lift off the cover.
2 Remove the plastic cap and clean with
a toothpick.
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Troubleshooting Tips
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Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Start status indicator light flashing
(Front control only)
You have pressed the • Press the Start pad once to start the dishwasher. Press the
Start pad while the Start pad a second time when the dishwasher is running only if you
dishwasher is running. This will wish to cancel the cycle.
cancel the cycle. The light(s) will
stop flashing after the dishwasher
drains (about 75 seconds).
Power to the dishwasher was
• The light will stop flashing after the dishwasher drains. A new cycle will
turned off while a cycle was start automatically.
running and power has just been
restored to the dishwasher. The
blinking lights indicate that the
dishwasher is draining the potential
water inside.
Dishwasher BEEPS once every minute
This is a reminder that your
• Close the door after opening it mid-cycle.
dishwasher door has been left
open during operation. It will
continue beeping until you close
the door.
Beeping at the end This is normal. The dishwasher • To turn off the double beep indicator (or re-activate it if it was previously
of the cycle
will beep twice at the end of the turned off), press the Heated Dry pad 5 times within 3 seconds.
cycle A triple beep will sound to indicate the end-of-cycle beep option
has been turned on or off.
Dishes and flatware
Fine or coarse filter is clogged
• See the Care and cleaning section.
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure inlet water temperature is correct (see the Using the dishwasher not clean section). Turn on the hot water faucet nearest the dishwasher, let run until
the water temperature stops rising. Then start the dishwasher and turn off the faucet. This insures the entering water is hot. Select BOOST if available.
Water pressure is temporarily low• Turn on a faucet. Is water coming out more slowly than usual? If so, wait
until pressure is normal before using your dishwasher.
Air gap or disposer is clogged
• Clean the air gap or flush the disposer.
Improper rack loading
• Make sure large dishware does not block the detergent dispenser or the
wash arms. See the Loading the dishwasher racks section.
Poor performing detergent
• Use a highly rated detergent such as Cascade ® Complete.
Spots and filming
Extremely hard water
• Use rinse agents such as Cascade Crystal Clear ® to remove spots
on glasses and and prevent new film buildup.
flatware
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure water temperature is at least 120°F.
Overloading or improper
• Load dishwasher as shown in the Loading Place Settings section.
loading of the dishwasher
Old or damp powder detergent • Make sure detergent is fresh.
Rinse agent dispenser empty
• If water is extremely hard, a softener may be required.
Too little or low performing•
• Make sure you use the proper amount of highly rated detergent.
detergent
Cloudiness on
Combination of soft water and • This is called etching and is permanent. To prevent this from happening,
glassware
too much detergent use less detergent if you have soft water. Wash glassware in the shortest
cycle that will get it clean.
Low performing phosphate • See White film on inside surface in this Troubleshooting section.
free detergent
Water temperature entering the • This could be etching. Lower the water heater temperature.
dishwasher exceeds 150°F (66°C)
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Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Suds in the tub
Correct detergent
• Use only automatic dishwasher detergents to avoid sudsing. Cascade®
wasn’t used Automatic Dishwashing Detergents have been approved for use in all
GE dishwashers.
• To remove suds from the tub, open the dishwasher and let suds dissipate.
Close and latch the dishwasher. Pump out water by touching the
Start pad once; then 30 seconds later, touch the
Start pad again. Repeat if necessary.
Rinse agent was spilled
• Always wipe up rinse agent spills immediately.
Detergent left in
Dishes are blocking the
• Reposition the dishes, so the water from the lower spray arm can
dispenser cups
detergent cup flush the detergent cup. See the Loading the dishwasher section.
Black or gray
Aluminum utensils have
• Remove marks with a mild, abrasive cleaner.
marks on dishes
rubbed against dishes
Dishes don’t dry
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure inlet water temperature is at least 120°F.
• Select Heated Dry.
• Use Wash Temp Boost option.
• Select a higher cycle, such as Wash Temp Sani (Sanitize) or Heavy.
Rinse agent dispenser is empty • Check the rinse agent dispenser and fill as required.
Control panel responded Door latch may not be properly • Make sure the door is firmly closed.
to inputs but dishwasher seated
never filled with water
Water valve may be turned off
• Make sure water valve (usually located under the sink) is turned on.
Stained tub interior
Some tomato-based foods can • Use of the STEAM cycle after adding the dish to the load
cause reddish stains can decrease the level of staining.
Tea or coffee stains
• Remove the stain by hand, using a solution of 1/2 cup bleach and
3 cups warm water. NOTE: Do not use bleach on stainless steel
tub or inner door.
WARNING!
Before cleaning interior, wait at least 20 minutes after a cycle for the heating elements to cool down. Failure to do so can result in burns.
An overall yellow or brown film can • A special filter in the water supply line is the only way to correct
be caused by iron deposits in water this problem. Contact a water softener company.
White film on inside surface— • GE recommends Cascade Crystal Clear® to help prevent hard water
hard water minerals mineral deposits from forming.
• Run dishwasher with citric acid to remove mineral deposits. Citric acid (Part number: WD35X151) can be ordered through GE Parts. See back cover for ordering information.
Dishwasher won’t run Fuse is blown or circuit breaker • Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker. Remove any other appliances from
is tripped the circuit.
Power is turned off
• In some installations, the power to the dishwasher is provided through a
wall switch, often located next to the disposer switch. Make sure it is on.
Control panel is locked
• Unlock control panel. See the Getting started section.
Reboot your control
• Turn off power to the dishwasher (circuit breaker or wall switch) for
30 seconds; then turn back on.
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Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Control panel lights Time too long between
• Each pad must be touched within 30 seconds of the others.
go off when you’re touching of selected pads To relight, touch any pad again or open the door and
setting controls unlock (top control).
Water standing in
Air gap is clogged
• Clean the air gap. See the Care and cleaning section.
the bottom of the tub
Water won’t pump
Drain is clogged
• If you have an air gap, clean it. See the Care and cleaning section.
out of the tub
• If the dishwasher drains into a disposer, run disposer clear.
• Check to see if your kitchen sink is draining well. If not, you
may need a plumber.
Steam
This is normal
• Warm, moist air comes through the vent by the door latch during drying
and when water is being pumped out. This is necessary for drying.
Sanitized light does The door was opened and the • Do not interrupt the cycle by opening the door during the wash cycle.
not illuminate at the cycle was interrupted during end of the cycle
final rinse
The incoming water • Raise the water heater temperature to between 120°F and 140°F.
temperature was too low
Noise
Normal operating sounds
• These are all normal. No action is required.
Detergent cup opening
Water entering dishwasher
The motor stops and starts at
various times during the cycle
Spray arms start and stop at
various times
Drain pump sounds during
pump out
Rattling dishes when the spray • Make sure dishes are properly loaded. See the Loading the
arm rotates dishwasher racks section.
A white film on This problem caused by
• To remove the white film, run your dishes through a dishwasher cycle with
glassware, dishware phosphate-free dishwasher citric acid. Use a WD35X151 citric acid kit found at the local supermarket or
and the interior
detergent on line.
Pour the citric acid in the detergent cup and close the cover. Place the filmed
but otherwise clean glassware and dishwear in the dishwasher . Leave
silverware and other metal items out of the dishwasher. Turn the dishwasher
on and let it run through a complete cycle without detergent. The glassware,
dishware, and dishwasher should come out film free. Alternativey,
a vinegar rinse may be used. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into dishwasher just after
the detergent cup opens and let the dishwasher complete its cycle.
This may be repeated several times a year as needed
The use of a rinse agen as Cascade Crystal Clear may help minimize a repeat
build up of film. Also, the use of a highly rated detergent such as Cascade®
Complete Action Pads will help prevent film build-up.
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GE Dishwasher Warranty.
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All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers, or an
authorized Customer Care® technician. To schedule service, visit us on-line
at GEAppliances.com, or call 800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737) in the United
States. In Canada, call 1.800.561.3344. Please have serial number and
model number available when calling for service.
Staple your receipt here.
Proof of the original purchase
date is needed to obtain service
under the warranty.
For The Period Of:
GE Will Replace:
One Year
From the date of the
original purchase
Any part of the dishwasher which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. During
this limited one-year warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor and in-home service
to replace the defective part.
Five Years
From the date of the
original purchase
The dishwasher racks and the electronic control module if they should fail due to a defect
in materials or workmanship. During this five-year limited warranty, you will be responsible
for any labor or in-home service costs.
Lifetime of Product
The plastic tub or door liner, if it fails to contain water due to a defect in materials or
workmanship. During this limited warranty, GE will also provide, free of charge, all labor and
in-home service to replace the defective part.
What GE Will Not Cover (for customers in the United States):
■Service trips to your home to teach you how to use
the product.
■Improper installation, delivery or maintenance.
■Failure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
■Replacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit breakers.
■Product not accessible to provide required service.
■Damage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods
or acts of God.
■Incidental or consequential damage caused by possible
defects with this appliance.
■Cleaning or servicing of the air gap device in the drain line.
■Damage caused after delivery, including damage from
items dropped on the door.
EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES—Your sole and exclusive remedy is product repair as provided in this Limited
Warranty. Any implied warranties, including the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose,
are limited to one year or the shortest period allowed by law.
This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home use within the USA.
If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized Servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge
or you may be required to bring the product to an Authorized GE Service location for service. Proof of original purchase date is needed
to obtain service under the warranty. In Alaska, the warranty excludes the cost of shipping or service calls to your home.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. To know what your legal rights are, consult your local or
state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225
What Is Not Covered (for customers in Canada):
■Service trips to your home to teach you how to use
the product.
■Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem, contact your dealer
or installer. You are responsible for providing adequate
electrical, exhausting and other connecting facilities.
■Failure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
■Replacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit breakers.
■Damage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods
or acts of God.
■Damage caused after delivery.
EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES—Your sole and exclusive remedy is product repair as provided in this Limited
Warranty. Any implied warranties, including the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose,
are limited to one year or the shortest period allowed by law.
This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased in Canada for home use within
Canada. In home warranty service will be provided in areas where it is available and deemed reasonable by Mabe to provide.
WARRANTOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSE­QUEN­TIAL DAMAGES.
Warrantor: MABE CANADA INC.
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Consumer Support. GE Appliances Website
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
Have a question or need assistance with your appliance? Try the GE Appliances Website 24 hours a day,
any day of the year! For greater convenience and faster service, you can now download Owner’s Manuals,
order parts or even schedule service on-line. In Canada: www.GEAppliances.ca
Schedule Service
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
Expert GE repair service is only one step away from your door. Get on-line and schedule your service at your
convenience any day of the year! Or call 800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737) during normal business hours.
In Canada, call 1.800.561.3344
Real Life Design Studio
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
GE supports the Universal Design concept—products, services and environments that can be used by people of
all ages, sizes and capabilities. We recognize the need to design for a wide range of physical and mental abilities
and impairments. For details of GE’s Universal Design applications, including kitchen design ideas for people with
disabilities, check out our Website today. For the hearing impaired, please call 800.TDD.GEAC (800.833.4322).
In Canada, contact:Manager, Consumer Relations, Mabe Canada Inc.
Suite 310, 1 Factory Lane
Moncton, N.B. E1C 9M3
Extended Warranties
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
Purchase a GE extended warranty and learn about special discounts that are available while your warranty is still
in effect. You can purchase it on-line anytime, or call 800.626.2224 during normal business hours. GE Consumer
Home Services will still be there after your warranty expires. In Canada, call 1.888.261.2133
Parts and Accessories In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
Individuals qualified to service their own appliances can have parts or accessories sent directly to their homes
(VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted). Order on-line today, 24 hours every day or by phone at
800.626.2002 during normal business hours.
Instructions contained in this manual cover procedures to be performed by any user. Other servicing generally
should be referred to qualified service personnel. Caution must be exercised, since improper servicing may
cause unsafe operation.
Customers in Canada can order parts and accessories on-line at www.GEAppliances.ca, 24 hours every day, or by
phone at 1.800.661.1616 during normal business hours.
Contact Us
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from GE, contact us on our Website with all the details including
your phone number, or write to: General Manager, Customer Relations
GE Appliances, Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
In Canada: www.GEAppliances.ca, or write to:Director, Consumer Relations, Mabe Canada Inc.
Suite 310, 1 Factory Lane
Moncton, N.B. E1C 9M3
Register Your Appliance
In the U.S.: GEAppliances.com
Register your new appliance on-line—at your convenience! Timely product registration will allow for enhanced
communication and prompt service under the terms of your warranty, should the need arise. You may also mail
in the pre-printed registration card included in the packing material. In Canada: www.GEAppliances.ca
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