Connect the power cord for the GE dishwasher to a working electrical outlet if the dishwasher won't start or operate. Reset or replace the circuit breaker or fuse as needed.
Touch each pad on the control pad within 30 seconds if the control lights go out and the dishwasher does not begin washing as expected when setting a wash cycle. To begin again, open and shut the door firmly.
Open the dishwasher and pull out the bottom rack if there is excessive noise during use. Look for items or utensils that may have dropped out of the rack and into the bottom or the filter on the bottom of the tub. Remove as necessary. Secure items in the dishwasher and maintain sufficient space between them to prevent rattling.
Move items around in the dishwasher if the detergent cup does not open or there is residue left after washing. Do not allow dishes to block the detergent cup. If the detergent cup gets locked shut, press "Start/Reset" three times rapidly to release the latch.
Start the garbage disposal, if applicable, if there is water left in the tub after washing. Lift off the cap on the air gap on the sink, if there is one, and clean the hoses inside. Restore the cap.
Leave the door on the dishwasher open to allow suds to evaporate if there is too much soap in the tub. Add 1 gallon of cold water to the bottom of the dishwasher tub and shut the door. Press "Start/Reset" twice to pump out the excess water and suds. Only use automatic dishwasher detergent, and make sure you use the correct amount each time.
Use a hot water wash cycle if items are still dirty or have residue after washing. Use the recommended amount of detergent, and add rinse aid to the rinse aid dispenser. Do not overload the dishwasher.