How to Operate a GE Potscrubber 980 Dishwasher

The GE GSD980 dishwasher is an under-the-counter dishwasher, designed to be permanently installed in a residential kitchen. The dishwasher includes three cycles, "Pot Scrubber," "Normal Wash" and "Water Saver," and includes a plate warming feature that allows you to heat plates prior to food service. The dishwasher also includes several energy options, including the option to boost the water temperature, use a heated drying source or operate in the default "Energy Saver" mode. It is important to understand the functions and operating procedures of the GE GSD980 to get the most out of the appliance.

  1. Unscrew the rinse-agent cap, located on the inside of the dishwasher door beside the detergent cup. Fill the rinse-agent cavity until the liquid reaches the bottom lip of the opening. The rinse-agent should last for approximately three months, and helps to eliminate water spots on your dishes. Rinse-agents are available at your local grocery store beside the dish detergent.

  2. Load the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Typically, plates and large items fit well on the bottom rack, while cups and bowls go on the top, however, this is not a set rule. If washing thin plastics, such as plastic food containers, place these items on the top shelf so that they do not melt due to close exposure to the dishwasher heating element.

  3. Fill the detergent cup with powder or liquid detergent, then turn the cover counterclockwise to close. Ensure that the dishwasher is in the "Off" position, otherwise the cover may not close properly.

  4. Close the dishwasher door, then pull the latch on the top of the door to lock the door closed.

  5. Press the button of the cycle that you would like to use on the dishwasher control panel. "Pot Scrubber" should be used if washing heavily soiled dishes, and "Water Saver" can be used for light washes, as it runs only three rinse cycles and uses 6.5 gallons of water, compared to the 6 rinse cycles and 10 gallons of water used by the "Pot Scrubber" cycle. For most washes, the "Normal Wash" cycle is the appropriate cycle to use.

  6. Press the "Temp Boost" button if you would like to increase the water temperature, and press the "Heated Dry" button if you would like the dishwasher to dry the dishes, rather than allowing them to dry naturally. Press the "Energy Saver" button to turn off both options.

  7. Turn the dial to "Start" to begin the wash cycle, or "Short Wash" to begin the a speed wash cycle. Turn the dial to "Rinse & Hold" if you would like to simply rinse your dishes, and turn the dial to "Plate Warmer" if you are warming plates prior to service. If using the "Plate Warmer" setting, you must press the "Heated Dry" button prior to beginning the cycle.

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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.