GE | GDWF400VWW | Operating instructions | GE GDWF400VWW dishwasher

Safety Instructions. . . . . . . . . 2-5
Operating Instructions
Control Panel and Settings. . . . . . 6-7
Using the Dishwasher. . . . . . . . . . . 8-9
Loading the
Dishwasher Racks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Owner’s Manual
Stainless Steel
Tub with Front
Care Instructions
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12
Troubleshooting Tips . . . 13–14
Consumer Support
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Consumer Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Write the model and serial
numbers here:
Model #_ ___________________
Serial #_____________________
You can find them on a label on the
tub wall just inside the door.
29-5793 11/16/11 MC
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.
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.
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 In
nConnect 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.
nImproper 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.
nDispose of discarded appliances and shipping or
packing material properly.
nDo 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.
nTo 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.
CAUTION: To prevent minor injury or property damage
nContents washed in Anti-bacterial mode, if
available, may be hot to the touch. Use care
before handling.
nUsing a detergent that is
not specifically designed
for dishwashers will cause
the dishwasher to fill with
nIf your dishwasher is connected to a
wall switch, ensure that the switch is
on prior to use.
nOn 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 ON/OFF to allow the control to
nNon-Dishware Items: Do not wash items such
as electronic air cleaner filters, furnace filters
and paint brushes in your dishwasher. Damage
to dishwasher and discoloration or staining of
dishwasher may result.
nClose supervision is necessary if this appliance
is used by or near children.
Load light, plastic items so they will not become
dislodged and drop to the bottom
of the dishwasher—they might come into
contact with the heating element and be
Para su seguridad, debe cumplirse con la información de este manual a fin de minimizar el
riesgo de incendio o explosión, descarga eléctrica o para prevenir daños a la propiedad, lesiones
personales o la muerte.
Bajo ciertas condiciones, puede producirse gas de hidrógeno en un calentador de agua que no se ha usado
durante dos semanas o más. EL GAS DE HIDRÓGENO ES EXPLOSIVO.
Si el agua caliente no se ha utilizado por dos semanas o más, evite la posibilidad de daños o lesiones
abriendo todos los grifos de agua caliente y dejándolos correr durante varios minutos. Haga esto antes de
utilizar cualquier aparato eléctrico que se encuentre conectado al sistema de agua caliente. Este simple
procedimiento permitirá que se libere cualquier clase de acumulación de gas de hidrógeno. Ya que el gas
es inflamable, no fume o utilice una llama abierta o un aparato durante este proceso.
Este lavaplatos debe instalarse de manera adecuada y ubicarse de acuerdo con las Instrucciones
de Instalación antes de comenzar el uso. Si usted no ha recibido una página de Instrucciones de
instalación con su lavaplatos, puede obtener una visitando nuestro sitio Web en
En Canadá,
nConecte el lavaplatos/aparato a un sistema de
cableado permanente con conexión a tierra o debe
utilizarse un conductor de conexión a tierra del
equipamiento con los conductores de circuito, y
debe conectarse a la terminal de conexión a tierra o
conductor del aparato.
nUna conexión inadecuada del conductor de conexión
a tierra de equipo puede provocar un riesgo de
descarga eléctrica. Consulte a un electricista
calificado o representante de servicio técnico si tiene
dudas sobre la correcta conexión a tierra del aparato.
nElimine los aparatos que no va a utilizar más y el
material de empaque o envío como corresponde.
nNo intente reparar o cambiar ninguna pieza de
su lavaplatos a menos que esté específicamente
recomendado en este manual. Cualquier otro servicio
debe realizarlo un técnico calificado.
nPara minimizar la posibilidad de una descarga
eléctrica, desconecte este aparato de la fuente
de energía antes de realizar cualquier clase de
NOTA: Apagar el lavaplatos no desconecta el aparato
del suministro de energía. Recomendamos que un
técnico calificado realice el servicio técnico de su
PRECAUCIÓN: Para evitar lesiones menores y daños a la propiedad
nLos elementos lavados en el modo anti-bacterial, si
se encuentra disponible, pueden quedar calientes al
tacto. Tenga cuidado antes de tocarlos.
nUtilizar un detergente no
diseñado específicamente
para lavaplatos provocará
que el aparato se llene de
nSi su lavaplatos se encuentra
conectado a un interruptor de
pared, verifique que el interruptor se
encuentre encendido antes del uso.
nEn lavaplatos con controles electrónicos,
si usted elije apagar el interruptor de
pared entre ciclos de lavado, deje pasar
5-10 segundos después de encender el interruptor
antes de presionar ON/OFF para permitir que el
control se inicie.
nElementos no aptos para lavaplatos: No lave
elementos como filtros de limpiadores de aire
electrónicos, filtros de hornos y pinceles de pintura
en su lavaplatos. Pueden producirse daños en el
lavaplatos y decoloración o manchas en el aparato.
nSe requiere una supervisión estricta cuando cualquier
aparato es utilizado por niños o en su cercanía.
Cargue elementos livianos y plásticos de modo que
no se desplacen y caigan al fondo del lavaplatos,
ya que pueden entrar en contacto con el elemento
calentador y dañarse.
Junked or abandoned dishwashers are
dangerous… even if they will sit for “just a
few days.” If you are getting rid of your old
dishwasher, please follow the instructions
below to help prevent accidents.
Before You Throw Away Your Old
Hold nut at top of dishwasher
while removing screw
Door latch
nTake off the door of the washing compartment
or remove the door latch keeper (as shown).
When using your dishwasher, follow basic precautions,
including the following:
nUse this appliance only for its intended purpose
as described in this Owner’s Manual.
nDo not operate your dishwasher unless all
enclosure panels are properly in place.
nDo not tamper with controls.
nUse only powder, tabs, liquid detergents or rinse
agents recommended for use in a dishwasher and nDo not abuse, sit on or stand on the door or dish
keep them out of the reach of children. Cascade®,
rack of the dishwasher.
Cascade® Complete Automatic Dishwashing
nDo not allow children to play around dishwasher
Detergents, and and Cascade Crystal Clear®
when opening or closing door due to the possibility
rinse agents) have been approved for use in all GE
of small fingers being pinched in door.
nDo not discard a dishwasher without first removing
nLocate sharp items so that they are not likely
the door of the washing compartment or the door
to damage the door seal.
nLoad sharp knives with the handles up to reduce
nDo not store or use combustible materials,
the risk of cut-type injuries.
gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in
nDo not wash plastic items unless marked
the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
“Dishwasher Safe” or the equivalent. For plastic
nDo not allow children to play with, on or inside this
items not so marked, check the manufacturer’s
appliance or any discarded appliance.
nDo not touch the heating element during or
immediately after use.
Un lavaplatos desechado o abandonado resulta
peligroso…aun si quedará en un lugar por “sólo
unos días”. Si va a desechar su viejo lavaplatos,
siga las siguientes instrucciones para prevenir
Antes de desechar su viejo lavaplatos:
Sujete la tuerca en la parte
superior del lavaplatos mientras
retira el tornillo
Traba de la puerta
nQuite la puerta del compartimento de lavado
o saque la traba de la puerta (como puede
use su lavaplatos, siga precauciones básicas
de seguridad, incluyendo las siguientes:
nUse este aparato sólo con el objetivo para el que
fue creado, como se describe en este Manual del
nNo toque el elemento calentador durante el uso o
inmediatamente después de finalizar el uso.
nNo haga funcionar el lavaplatos a menos que
todos los paneles del recinto se encuentren en su
nUtilice sólo detergentes en polvo, líquido o tabletas
o agentes de enjuague recomendados para uso
en lavaplatos y manténgalos alejados del alcance nNo altere o modifique los controles.
de los niños. Los detergentes para lavaplatos
nNo maltrate, ni se siente o se pare sobre la puerta
automáticos Cascade®, Cascade® Complete, y
o bandejas de los platos del lavaplatos.
los agentes de enjuague Cascade Crystal Clear®
nNo permita que los niños jueguen alrededor del
han sido aprobados para el uso en todos los
lavaplatos cuando abra o cierre la puerta debido a
lavaplatos GE..
la posibilidad de pellizcar sus dedos con la puerta.
nUbique los elementos filosos de modo que no
nNo deseche el lavaplatos sin antes quitar la puerta
dañen el sellado de la puerta.
del compartimento de lavado o la traba de la
nCargue cuchillos filosos con los mangos hacia
arriba para reducir el riesgo de una lesión
nNo almacene o use materiales combustibles,
gasolina u otros vapores o líquidos inflamables
nNo lave elementos plásticos a menos que
cerca de este o cualquier otro aparato.
estén marcados como aptos para lavaplatos o
nNo permita que los niños jueguen sobre, con
equivalente. En el caso de elementos plásticos
o dentro de este o cualquier otro aparato
que no estén marcados así, verifique las
recomendaciones del fabricante.
About the dishwasher control panel
Control Settings
Press the POWER button to turn on the unit to be operated. The LED will be displayed when the dishwasher is on.
When the dishwasher is turned on, you can press the PROGRAMS button to select the wash cycle. A light on the display
will indicate which cycle has been selected.
NOTE : The following information about cycle duration and water consumption are approximate. Results will vary
based on various factors, including but not limited to incoming water temperature and pressure as well as soil level.
POTS & PANS Water: 24.3 liters, Time: 135 minutes
This cycle is meant for heavily soiled dishes or cookware with dried-on or baked-on soils. This cycle may not
remove burned-on foods. Everyday dishes are safe to be used in this cycle.
NORMAL WASH Water: 13.8 liters, Time: 130 minutes
This cycle is meant for loads of everyday dishes, glasses and cookware with medium soils that have not been
QUICK WASH Water: 17.3 liters, Time: 80 minutes
This cycle is meant for loads of everyday dishes, glasses and cookware with medium soils that have not been
pre-rinsed. This cycle features reduced wash times to allow for faster cycle completion. This cycle also has a
reduced time heated dry.
CHINA CRYSTAL Water: 13.8 liters, Time: 90 minutes
This cycle is meant for lightly soiled glassware. This cycle has less heating during the wash and rinse to protect
your glassware. This cycle also has a lower temperature heated dry.
ENERGY SAVER Water: 14.0 liters, Time: 95 minutes
This cycle is meant for loads of everyday dishes, glasses and cookware with light soils that have been pre-rinsed.
RINSE ONLY Water: 6.8 liters, Time: 40 minutes
For rinsing partial loads that will be washed later. Do not use detergent with this cycle. This cycle does not include
heated dry.
When the wash cycle has been selected, you can choose the option by pressing the “Options”
There are three options for “Normal” cycle and “Pots & Pans” cycle.
Press the OPTIONS button, “Heated Dry” will be selected;
Press the OPTIONS button twice, the “Heated Dry” and “Sanitize” options will be selected;
Press the OPTIONS button three times, the “Heated Dry” and “Hi Temp” options will be selected.
There is one option for the other wash cycles. When you press the OPTIONS button, the “Heated
Dry” option will be selected.
About the options:
SANITIZEWhen “Sanitize” option is selected, the temperature of the water will reach 70°C (158°F)
Note : it is possible that the 70°C (158°F) max may not be reached if the temperature of
the incoming hot water does not meet the suggested temperatures.
HI TEMP When the “Hi Temp” option is selected, the temperature of the water will reach 60°C (140°F) max.
HEATED DRYWhen the “Heated Dry” option is selected, the heater will work during the dry processes.
This option allows you to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 24 hours. When the dishwasher is on,
press the DELAY button to choose the number of hours you want to delay the start of the wash cycle.
The hours will show in the display window.
Note: To cancel the delay hour option before the wash cycle starts, repeatedly press the DELAY
button until the display reads“0:00”.
Start / Cancel
Child Lock
When the program and options have been selected, make sure the door is closed press the START/
CANCEL button. To stop or reset the wash cycle, press the START/CANCEL button, the dishwasher will
stop washing.
Press the PROGRAMS and DELAY buttons for 3 seconds the LOCK light will display on the LCD. No buttons
can be operated when the dishwasher controls are locked.
To cancel the “Child Lock” option, press the PROGRAMS and DELAY buttons for 3 seconds, the LOCK light
will no longer be shown on the LCD and the dishwasher controls will be unlocked.
Using the dishwasher.
Check the Water Temperature
The entering water should be at least 49°C (120°F)
and not more than 65°F (150°F) for effective
cleaning and to prevent dish damage. Check
the water temperature with a candy or meat
thermometer. Turn on the hot water faucet nearest
the dishwasher, place the thermometer in a glass
and let the water run continuously into the glass
until the temperature stops rising.
Use Cascade Crystal Clear ® Rinse Agent
Cascade Crystal Clear® rinse agent removes spots and prevents new film buildup on your dishes, glasses,
flatware, cookware and plastic.
Filling the Dispenser
The rinse agent dispenser holds 99.4 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.
Turn the dispenser cap to the left and lift it out.
Add rinse agent until the indicator window looks full.
Clean up any spilled rinse agent with a damp cloth.
Replace the dispenser cap.
Adjustable setting
Dispenser cap
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 observe foam
in the final rinse, try a lower setting.
To adjust the setting
Remove the dispenser cap; then turn the adjuster counterclockwise
to increase the amount of rinse agent or clockwise to reduce the amount
of rinse agent dispensed.
Dish Preparation Prior to Loading
nNo prerinsing of normal food soil is required if using
Heavy, Normal or Speed wash cycles.
nScrape off hard soils, bones, toothpicks, skins and
nRemove large quantities of any remaining food.
nRemove leafy vegetables, meat, trimmings and
excessive amounts of grease or oil.
nRemove acidic food soils that can discolor stainless
Proper Use of Detergent
Use only detergent specifically made for use
in dishwashers. Cascade® Automatic
Dishwashing Detergent has been approved.
Keep your detergent fresh and dry. Don’t put
detergent into the dispenser until you’re ready to
wash dishes.
The amount of detergent to use depends on
whether your water is hard or soft. With hard
water, you need extra detergent. With soft water,
you need less detergent.
Protect your dishes and dishwasher by
contacting your water department and asking
how hard your water is. Twelve or more grains
is extremely hard water. A water softener is
recommended. Without it, lime can build up in
the water valve, which could stick while open
and cause flooding. Too much detergent with
soft water can cause a permanent cloudiness
of glassware, called etching.
For heavily-soiled loads, use the HEAVY wash cycle
and add a little extra detergent.
Use the information in the table below as a
guideline to determine the amount of automatic
dishwasher detergent to place in the dispenser.
When using automatic dishwasher detergent
tablets, simply place one tablet in the dispenser
and close the cover.
of Grains
Detergent Cups to Fill
Less than 4
15 cup
4 to 8
25 cup
8 to 12
15 and 25 cups
Greater than 12
15, 25 cups and the open cup
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 dishwashers.
To open the wash cover, press the button and the
cover will flip back.
Forgot to Add a Dish?
A forgotten dish can be added any time before
the main wash.
1 Unlatch the door to interrupt the cycle. Pull
the door handle to release the door.
2 Do not open the door until the water spray
action stops. Steam may rise out of the
3 Add forgotten dishes.
4 Close the door and push it in to relatch.
Loading the dishwasher racks.
For best dishwashing results, follow these loading guidelines. Features and appearance of racks and silverware
baskets may vary from your model.
Upper Rack
The upper rack is for glasses, cups and saucers. This is also a secure
place for dishwasher-safe plastics. A cup shelf may be placed in the up
or down position to add flexibility. The upper rack is good for all kinds of
odd-shaped utensils. Saucepans, mixing bowls and other items should
be placed face down.
Secure larger dishwasher-safe plastics over two tines when possible.
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.
Lower Rack
When loading the lower rack, do not load large platters or trays in the
front left corner. They may prevent detergent from circulating during the
wash cycle.
The lower rack is best used for plates, saucers and cookware. Large
items should go along the sides. Load platters, pots and bowls along the
sides, in corners or in the back. The soiled side of items should face the
center of the rack.
Be careful not to let a portion of any item such as a pot or dish handle
extend through the bottom rack. This could block the wash arm and
cause poor washing results.
Silverware Basket
Three-piece basket
The silverware basket may be used without the topper for quick loading.
With the topper, flatware is better positioned for the dishwasher to
thoroughly wash and dry all pieces by preventing nesting.
Through bottom
Without the topper
Put the 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
silverware on top.
With the topper
Place small plastic items, such as measuring spoons and lids from small
containers, in the bottom of the basket and snap the topper in place.
Insert spoons and forks, handles first, through the holes in the topper.
Place knives, blades first, through the holes in the topper.
To remove end baskets, grasp
the basket at opposite corners
and slide apart.
Caring for the dishwasher.
To clean the control panel, use a lightly dampened cloth, then dry thoroughly. To clean the exterior, use a good
appliance polish wax. Never use sharp objects, scouring pads or harsh cleaners on any part of the dishwasher.
Cleaning the Exterior
Cleaning the 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 or WW, then you have a Painted
Door panel. If your model number ends
with SS, then you have a Stainless Steel
Door panel.
Follow the instructions below for cleaning
the door panel for your specific model.
Painted Door Panel (model numbers
ending in BB–black or WW–white)
Use a clean, soft, lightly dampened cloth,
then dry thoroughly. You may also use a
good appliance wax or polish.
Cleaning the Control Panel
To clean the control panel, use a lightly
dampened cloth; then dry thoroughly. Do
Stainless Steel Interior Tub and
Inner Door
The stainless steel used to make the
dishwasher tub and inner door provides
the highest reliability available in a GE
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
Do not wipe the dishwasher with a soiled
dish cloth or wet towel. These may leave
a residue. Do not use scouring pads or
powdered cleaners because these products
can scratch the finish.
not use sharp objects, scouring pads or
harsh cleaners on the control panel.
dishwasher. If the dishwasher tub or inner
door is ever scrached or dented during
during normal use, they will not rust or
corrode. These surface blemishes will not
affect their function or durability.
Cleaning the Spray Arms and the Filters
The dishwasher will flush away all normal food soils. However, objects (fruit pits, bones, etc.) may collect in
openings and should be removed occasionally to avoid clogging the drain system.
Personal injury hazard. Before cleaning the interior, wait at least 20 minutes after a cycle for the heating
element to cool down. Failure to do so could result in burn injuries.
Cleaning the Spray Arms
Because hard water chemicals will clog the
spray arm jets and bearings, it is necessary
to clean the spray arms regularly. Wash the
arms in soapy, warm water and use
a soft brush to clean the jets. Replace them
after rinsing thoroughly.
To remove the upper spray arm, unscrew the
nut clockwise.
To remove the lower spray arm, pull upward.
Caring for the dishwasher.
Cleaning the Spray Arms and the Filters (Continued)
Cleaning the Filters
For best performance and results, the filter assembly must
be cleaned once a month. The filter efficiently removes food
particles from the wash water, allowing water to be recirculated
during the cycle. For this ­­­reason, it is a good idea to remove the
large food particles trapped in the filter frequently by rinsing the
main filter and cup under running water. To remove the filter
assembly, follow the 3 steps shown below. To clean the main
filter and fine filter, use a cleaning brush. The dishwasher must
never be used without the filters. Improper replacement of the
filter may reduce the performance level of the appliance and
may damage dishes and utensils.
STEP 1: Turn the filter counter-clockwise and lift up.
STEP 2: Lift the main filter up
STEP 3: Lift the fine filter up
General Care Instructions
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.
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.
Remove fuses or trip circuit breaker.
2 Turn off the water supply and
disconnect the water inlet line from
the water valve.
Two types of
air gaps
Check the air gap any time your
dishwasher isn’t draining well.
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 a part of the dishwasher.
It is not covered by your warranty. Not all
plumbing codes require
air gaps, so you may not have one.
The air gap is easy to clean.
1 Turn off the dishwasher and lift off the
chrome cover.
2 Remove the plastic cap and clean with
a toothpick.
Before you call for service…
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Possible Causes
What To Do
Some of the sounds you’ll
hear are normal
•Detergent cup opening.
•The motor starting during the drying period.
•Water draining out of the tub immediately after you
start the dishwasher.
Utensils are not secure in the •Make sure everything is secured in dishwasher.
rack or something small has dropped into the rack
Motor hums
•Dishwasher has not been used on a regular basis. If you
do not use your dishwasher often, set it to fill and pump
out once every week. This will help keep the seal moist.
•Dishwasher control was not advanced properly to the start
of the desired cycle. Advance the control to the start of
the desired cycle.
Detergent left in
dispenser cups
Dishes are blocking the
detergent cups
•Reposition the dishes.
Water standing in the Drain is clogged
•If you have an air gap, clean it.
bottom of the tub
•Check to see if your kitchen sink is draining well. If not,
you may need a plumber.
•If the dishwasher drains into a disposer, run disposer clear.
This is normal
•A small amount of clean water around the outlet of the tub
bottom at the back of the tub keeps the water seal lubricated.
Suds in the tub
Correct detergent wasn’t used
•Use only automatic dishwasher detergents to avoid sudsing.
Cascade® Dishwashing Detergent has been
approved for use in all GE dishwashers.
•To remove suds from the tub, open the dishwasher and let
suds evaporate. Add 3.8 liters of cold water to the tub. Close
and latch the dishwasher. Repeat if necessary.
Rinse agent was spilled
•Always wipe up rinse agent spills immediately.
Stained dishwasher parts
Detergent with
•Some detergents contain colorant (pigment or dyes) that
colorant was used will discolor the tub interior with extended use. Check the
detergent cup for signs of any discoloration. If cup is
discolored, change to detergent without any colorant.
Cascade® Dishwashing Detergents has been
approved for use in all GE dishwashers.
Dishwasher won’t run
Some tomato-based •Use of the RINSE ONLY cycle after adding the dish to the
foods can stain load can decrease the level of staining.
Fuse is blown, or the
• Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker. Remove any other appliances
circuit breaker tripped from the circuit.
Power is turned off
• In some installations, the power to the dishwasher is proved through a
wall switch, often located next to the disposer switch. Make sure it is on.
Reboot your control
• Turn off power to the dishwasher (at circuit breaker or wall switch) for
30 seconds, then turn back on.
This is normal
• Steam comes through the vent during washing, drying and when
water is being pumped out.
Beeping at the
This is normal • The dishwasher will beep 4 times (unless interupted) and the CLEAN light
of the cycle
will display at the end of the wash cycle.
Before you call for service…
Possible Causes
What To Do
Dishes and flatware
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure inlet water temperature is correct (see page 6).
not clean
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 is clogged
• Clean the air gap.
Improper rack loading
• Make sure large dishware does not block the detergent
dispenser or the wash arms.
No air gap or high drain loop
• Verify that you have an air gap or a high drain loop. Refer to the
Installation Instructions.
Filter needs cleaning
• The filter assembly must be cleaned regularly to allow the filter to
efficiently remove food particles from the wash water. See Cleaning the
Filter section on page 1.
Spots and filming
Extremely hard water
• Use Cascade Crystal Clear® rinse agent to remove spots and
on glasses and prevent new film buildup.
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure water temperature is at least 49°C (120°F).
Overloading the dishwasher /
• Load dishwasher as shown in the Loading the Dishwasher Racks
Improper loading section.
Old or damp powder detergent
Rinse agent dispenser empty
• If water is extremely hard, a water softener may be required.
Too little detergent
• Make sure detergent is fresh.
Cloudiness on
Combination of soft water and • This is called etching and is permanent. To prevent this from happening,
too much detergent use less detergent if you have soft water. Wash glassware in the shortest
cycle that will get them clean.
Water temperature entering • Lower the water heater temperature.
the dishwasher exceeds 65°C (150°F)
Black or gray
marks on dishes
Aluminum utensils have
• Remove marks with a mild, abrasive cleaner.
rubbed against dishes
Yellow or brown film Tea or coffee stains
• Remove the stain by hand, using a solution of 1/2 cup bleach and
on inside surfaces 3 cups warm water.
Before cleaning interior wait at least 20 minutes after a cycle for the
heating element 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.
Hard water minerals
• To clean the interior, apply dishwasher detergent to a damp sponge.
White film on inside
surfaces Wear rubber gloves. Do not use any type of cleanser other than
dishwasher detergent because it may cause foaming or sudsing. Cascade®
Automatic Dishwashing Detergent has been approved
for use in all GE dishwashers.
Dishes don’t dry
Low inlet water temperature
• Make sure inlet water temperature is correct (see page 6).
Rinse agent dispenser is empty
• Check the rinse agent dispenser.
Control panel responded to input
but dishwasher never
filled with water Door latch may not be
properly seated
• Make sure the door is firmly closed.
Water vale may be turned off
• Make sure water valve (usually located under the sink) is turned on.
Dishwasher beeps This is normal once every 15 seconds
This is a reminder that the
door has been left open
during operation
• Close the door after opening it mid-cycle.
• Press ON/OFF to turn OFF the dishwasher.
GE Dishwasher Warranty.
All warranty service provided by our Factory Service Centers,
or an authorized Customer Care® technician. To schedule service,
on-line, visit us at, or call 800.GE.CARES
(800.432.2737) in the United Sates. 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.
What GE Will Not Cover:
nService trips to your home to teach you how to use
the product.
nDamage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods
or acts of God.
nImproper installation, delivery or maintenance.
nIncidental or consequential damage caused by possible
defects with this appliance.
nFailure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
nReplacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit
nCleaning or servicing of the air gap device in the
drain line.
nDamage caused after delivery.
nProduct not accessible to provide required service.
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. 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):
nService trips to your home to teach you how to use
the product.
nImproper installation.
If you have an installation problem, contact your dealer or installer.
You are responsible for providing adequate electrical, exhausting
and other connecting failures.
nFailure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
nReplacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit breakers.
nDamage to the product caused by accident, fire, floods
or acts of God.
nDamage 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 MC Commercial to provide.
Warrantor: MC Commercial
Consumer Support.
GE Appliances Website
In the U.S. :
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:
Schedule Service
In the U.S. :
Expert GE repair service is only one step away from your door. Get on-line and schedule your service at
your convenience 24 hours any day of the year! Or call 800.GE.CARES (800.432.2737) during normal business
In Canada, call 1.800.561.3344
Real Life Design Studio
In the U.S. :
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: Director, Customer Relations, MC Commercial
Bureau 310, 1 Factory Lane
Moncton, N.B. E1C 9M3
Extended Warranties
In the U.S. :
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, please visit our Website
or contact your local extended warranty provider.
Parts and Accessories In the U.S. :
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 should consult the yellow pages for the nearest Mabe service center, or call 1.800.661.1616.
Contact Us
In the U.S. :
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:, or write to:Director, Consumer Relations, MC Commercial
Suite 310, 1 Factory Lane
Moncton, N.B. E1C 9M3
Register Your Appliance
In the U.S. :
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:
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