Why Is My GE Dishwasher Not Filling With Water?

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While dish detergent or wash cycle preferences may be up for debate, there’s no debating that a dishwasher can’t work without water. So if you notice your GE dishwasher not filling with water, you can assume your dishes are not being cleaned properly. Reasons your GE dishwasher won’t fill include a clogged water inlet valve and a water supply issue.

Troubleshoot a GE Dishwasher Not Filling With Water:
3 Problems and Solutions

Is it a parts failure? Water issue? When you ask, “Why is my GE dishwasher not filling with water?” we first discuss some common signs of a water shortage.

Signs Your GE Dishwasher Isn’t Getting Enough Water

A GE dishwasher not filling with water typically presents with two signs:

  1. Dirty dishes after a wash cycle
  2. No sounds of water in the machine

An adequate water level in your dishwasher should reach the heating coil or middle hub, where the spray arm is anchored. We recommend these steps to determine the correct water level in your dishwasher:

  1. Begin a wash cycle
  2. When you hear the dishwasher stop filling with water, open the door
  3. If the water level is below the middle hub by more than half an inch, your dishwasher may not be getting enough water

When you have a GE dishwasher not filling with water, there are usually three main causes. We’ll help you troubleshoot a GE dishwasher low water level issue.

#1. Water Inlet Valve Clogged

Problem: One possibility for a GE dishwasher not filling with water is a clogged water inlet valve. The water inlet valve allows water to flow into the dishwasher during a wash cycle. If you wonder why there’s no water going into my dishwasher, it may be because the inlet valve is clogged with debris.

Solution: Given the complex location of the water inlet valve in your dishwasher, a professional service can best assess if the valve can be cleaned or if it should be replaced.

no water going into my dishwasher
Photo Credit: Scott the Fixit Guy

#2. Dishwasher Float Switch Stuck

Problem: The float switch detects how much water is in your dishwasher. It’s attached to a larger float system that rises and falls with the water level in the tub. Once the water reaches a certain level the float switch is activated and signals the water inlet valve to restrict the flow of water.

Solution: If a GE dishwasher flood float location is stuck too low it won’t properly detect water levels and may signal the water inlet valve to close prematurely. This will cause a no water in dishwasher issue. A float switch that’s stuck may be malfunctioning and will need to be assessed for replacement.

GE dishwasher not filling with water
Photo Credit: Whirlpool

#3. Water Supply Issue

Problem: Sometimes a GE dishwasher not getting water is due to a problem with the water supply. This occurs when the main water valve is blocked. While debris can cause a blocked water valve, this is most often attributed to calcium deposits that accumulate over time.

Solution: Measuring the amount of water pressure to the valve can assess the valve’s function. A pressure under 20PSI could indicate a clog or malfunction. In that case, the valve will need to be replaced to restore adequate water supply to the dishwasher.

We hope this guide helps you effectively troubleshoot a GE dishwasher not filling with water. As Maricopa County’s premier dishwasher repair service, Tiger Mechanical can help with a dishwasher safety tip as well as additional troubleshooting. Give us a call today for fast and professional service!

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