GE  Dishwasher  Electronic Model Error Codes

These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your GE electronic model dishwasher. For repair how-to help, visit the PartsDirect repair help section, which includes repair help for dishwashers, other major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. You can also search for owner’s manuals and find dishwasher replacement parts.

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Error Code Condition Check/Repair Shop Parts
C1 Drain time exceeded 2 minutes Clear clogs from the sink drain. Unplug the dishwasher and clear clogs from the dishwasher drain hose. If the drain hose is damaged, replace it. Check the drain pump for a clog or damage. If the drain pump is damaged, replace it.
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Drain pump, Drain hose
C2 Drain time exceeded 7 minutes Clear clogs from the sink drain. Unplug the dishwasher and clear clogs from the dishwasher drain hose. If the drain hose is damaged, replace it. Check the drain pump for a clog or damage. If the drain pump is damaged, replace it.
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Drain pump, Drain hose
C3 Won't drain Clear clogs from the sink drain. Unplug the dishwasher and clear clogs from the dishwasher drain hose. If the drain hose is damaged, replace it. Check the drain pump for a clog or damage. If the drain pump is damaged, replace it.
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Drain pump, Drain hose
C4 Dishwasher overfilled Cancel the cycle and if the dishwasher doesn’t then drain, do the troubleshooting for the C3 (Won't drain) error code. If the dishwasher drains when you cancel the cycle, check for an item stuck under the overfill float. Unplug the dishwasher and check the overfill float switch for damage. Replace the overfill float switch if damaged.
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Overfill float switch, Drain pump, Drain hose
C5 Drain time is too short (Dishwasher is underfilled) Make sure that the water supply for the dishwasher is fully open. Check the overfill float switch to see if it’s stuck in the up position, which would keep the dishwasher from filling properly. Unplug the dishwasher and shut off the water supply, and then disconnect the fill line and examine the inlet water valve. If the inlet screen is clogged, replace the water valve—don’t just clean the screen, because debris could enter the valve body, causing the valve to stay open, resulting in flooding. Check the wiring connections on the inlet water valve and secure any loose connections. If the water valve won't open when activated, replace it.
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Overfill float switch, Inlet water valve
C6 Water temperature too low Run the hot tap at the kitchen sink for 1 minute and then fill a glass with the hot tap water. Measure the water temperature with an accurate thermometer. If the water temperature is less than 120 degrees, adjust the water heater setting. Adjust the water temperature setting in small increments to prevent scalding. If the supply water temperature is normal, the temperature sensor or electronic control board might have failed.
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Water temperature sensor, Electronic control board
C7 Water temperature sensor is defective Unplug the dishwasher for 3 minutes to reset the electronic control board. Restore power. If the code returns, unplug the dishwasher and secure any loose wire connections on the water temperature sensor. If the wiring connections are secure, replace the water temperature sensor. If the problem persists, replace the electronic control board.
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Water temperature sensor, Electronic control board
C8 Detergent dispenser cover is blocked Remove the obstruction from the dispenser cover. Close the dispenser cover and restart the dishwasher. After 30 seconds, check whether the cover has opened. If the dispenser cover won’t open properly or the detergent dispenser is damaged, replace the detergent dispenser.
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Detergent dispenser
PF Power failure There has been a power failure to the dishwasher. Restart the dishwasher.
Cup Open Detergent dispenser cover has not been closed Add detergent and close the dispenser cover.