GE  Washer  Error Codes for Top-Load Models

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

This error code chart covers GE top-load washers with an inverter control mounted on top of the drive motor. The inverter control manages the speed and direction of the drive motor.  The inverter control has a diagnostic LED just under the top metal cover on the right side of the inverter control. Remove the front cabinet panel of the washer to view the inverter control and diagnostic LED. Don’t touch live electro-mechanical components inside the washer cabinet when running the washer with the front panel removed. 

When the drive motor is operating normally and running, the inverter control LED blinks at a constant rate of 1/2 second on and 1/2 second off. When the drive motor is operating normally, and idle, the LED blinks at a constant rate of 1 second on and 1 second off. The drive motor doesn’t run and an error code is signaled when a component problem is detected. Error codes are signaled by a number of LED flashes followed by a pause. The error code repeats continuously until reset. 

The component problem must be resolved and the inverter control reset before the motor can run. To reset the inverter control after the component problem is resolved, unplug the washer from the wall outlet until you hear a click when the inverter control capacitor discharges (about 15 seconds). Plug the washer back into the outlet and then open and close the washer lid 5 times in a 12-second period within the first 30 seconds of powerup. 

Check out our washer error code charts for information on a different GE model or another brand of washer.

 

Error Code Condition Check/Repair Shop Parts
1 flash Motor failure Unplug the washer and replace the drive motor.
Drive motor
2 flashes Slipping drive belt or loose hub nut on the spin basket Unplug the washer and replace the drive belt if loose or damaged. If the drive belt is okay, tighten the hub nut on the spin basket. Replace the drive motor if the drive belt and hub nut are okay.
Drive belt, Drive motor
3 flashes Defective inverter control Replace the drive motor; the inverter control is part of the drive motor and isn’t sold separately.
Drive motor
4 flashes Mode shifter circuit failed The mode shifter is a component on the drive shaft assembly. Reconnect the wire harness between the inverter control and the mode shifter if loose or disconnected. Replace the drive shaft assembly if the mode shifter is defective; the mode shifter is part of the drive shaft assembly and isn’t sold separately
Drive shaft assembly (with mode shifter)
5 flashes Motor failure Unplug the washer and replace the drive motor.
Drive motor
6 flashes Locked rotor on the drive motor Replace any drive system components that prevent the drive motor from rotating. If drive systems components are okay, replace the drive motor.
Drive system components, Drive motor
7 flashes Lid didn’t open for 4 consecutive cycles The inverter control expects to see the lid switch open after every cycle. When 4 cycles are completed without the lid switch opening, the inverter control assumes that the lid switch is defective. Unplug the washer and repair or replace the lid switch wire harness. If the wire harness is okay, replace the lid switch.
Lid switch, Wire harness
8 flashes Motor overheated Reduce the load of laundry if the washer is overloaded. Replace any drive system components that prevent the drive motor from rotating freely. If drive systems components are okay, replace the drive motor.
Drive motor, Drive system components
9 flashes Motor brake mechanism is defective Unplug the washer and replace the drive motor.
Drive motor