Using the Dishwasher Door
The door must be closed and locked into place to select a LOAD SELECTION or an OPTION.
If the door is opened during a cycle and left open, the dishwasher will beep once every minute until the
door is closed and latched into place.
Proper Use of Detergent
Use only detergent specifically made for use in
Automatic Dishwashing Detergents have
been approved for use in all GE dishwashers. Keep
your detergent fresh and dry. Don't put powder
detergent into the dispenser until you're ready to
The amount of detergent to use depends on
whether your water is hard or soft. With hard water,
you need extra detergent. With soft water, you
need less detergent.
Protect your dishes and dishwasher by contacting
your water department and asking how hard your
water is. Twelve or more grains is extremely hard
water. A water softener is recommended. Without
it, lime can build up in the water valve, which could
stick while open and cause flooding. Too much
detergent with soft water can cause a permanent
cloudiness of glassware, called etching.
You'll find two detergent dispensers on the inside
door of your dishwasher. All wash cycles–except
RINSE ONLY–require detergent in the main cup.
Wash cycles with two washes will also use the
open cup. When using automatic dishwashing
detergent tabs, simply place one tab in the main
cup and close.
Forget to Add a Dish?
A forgotten dish can be added any time before the
Push the door latch to the left.
Once the water calms, open the door. Steam
may rise out of the dishwasher.
NOTE: To open detergent cup after it has been
closed, unlatch the door. Press the START/RESET
pad three times within two seconds and the
detergent cup will release. A snapping sound
may be heard.
NOTE: Using a detergent that is not specifically
designed for dishwashers will cause the
dishwasher to fill with suds. During operation,
these suds will spill out of the dishwasher vents,
covering the kitchen floor and making the
Because so many detergent containers look
alike, store the dishwasher detergent in a
separate space from all other cleaners. Show
anyone who may use the dishwasher the correct
detergent and where it is stored.
While there will be no lasting damage to the
dishwasher, your dishes will not get clean using
a dishwashing detergent that is not formulated
to work with dishwashers.
Add forgotten dishes.
Close the door and push the latch to the far
DO NOT USE HAND DISH DETERGENT