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How to Run Diagnostic Mode on GE Triton Dishwasher

Most of the time when an appliance malfunctions, you call a repairman fix it. The problem with this is that you generally have no idea what is actually wrong with the unit, which puts you at the will of the repairman who tells you what needs to be done and how much it should cost. Some appliances, like the GE Triton dishwasher, include a service mode built into the electronics. Also known as a diagnostic mode, it will give you control over the dishwasher to let you pinpoint what specific part of the unit is broken.

Use the service mode to fix your dishwasher.
  1. Press the "Cookware" button (or "Pots and Pans" button), and hold it as you also press the "Heated Dry" button. Hold both simultaneously for 3 seconds to enter the service mode. You can now activate different pumps and heating elements without activating the whole unit in a washing cycle.

  2. Determine your specific type of Triton dishwasher. These models present two types of panels: a straight panel and a bowed panel.

    The straight panel has the following keypads running from left to right: 5L, 4L, 3L, 2L, 1L, Start/Reset, 1R, 2R, 3R, 4R. Note that some models might have more options to the left of 5L, and the "4R" might not show on your model either. As long as the above are in order, you have a straight panel.

    The bowed panel has a layout similar to the following: 5L, 3L, 2L, 1L, 4L, Start/Reset, 1R, 2R, 3R, 4R. There may not be a "4R" or there might be more options to the left of the "5L." The order is what is important. Different buttons activate different parts of the washing cycle, and each panel type has a different set of buttons.

  3. Press the "Start/Reset" button to exit the service mode.