GE Deep Fill Washer Troubleshooting Guide (6 Problems Fixed!)

When washing the heaviest or the most soiled laundry, nothing does the job better than a GE deep-fill washer. Its ability to thoroughly saturate the load makes it ideal. But as this Ge Deep Fill Washer troubleshooting guide will show, these washers can suffer a few issues.

Common GE deep fill washer problems include a washing machine that won’t start, fill, spin, drain, or go past sensing or agitate. But generally, you can tell what’s wrong with your GE washer from the errors it displays.

The good thing about GE deep-fill washers is that you can troubleshoot most problems yourself. It, however, takes some knowledge, and that’s where this troubleshooter comes in.

We’ll not just state the common issues but also look at their most probable causes (as they are likely to be more than one). Later, we’ll talk about how you can reset the washer to eliminate previous sequences or possibly bypass some issues.   

But first, let’s look at running a diagnostic on your GE washer to find the most current error codes.

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In a rush? Below are everyday GE deep fill washer issues for troubleshooting, which we’ll discuss in detail later, plus their most probable causes:

Quick GE Deep Fill Washer Troubleshooting Guide

 Problem Most Probable CauseDIY Fix
1.Deep Fill Washer Won’t StartPower loss or fault, open lid, washer not turned on, locked controls, drain obstructions, faulty timer or user control boardEnsure there’s power and check the fuse, breaker, and power cord to ensure they’re okay. Also, ensure the washer is turned on, unlocked, and unblock (drain) and replace the timer or user control board if any is faulty
2.Deep Fill Washer Won’t FillWater faucets not turned on, kinked fill hose, dirty filter screen, stuck fill valve, low water pressure, defective water inlet valve, or power issueTurn the washer faucets on, unkink the fill hose, replace the dirty filter screen, and unstuck the fill valve. Or adjust the water pressure (20-120 psi), replace the faulty inlet valve, or fix the power issue, depending on the cause
3.Deep Fill Washer Won’t SpinLoad imbalance, overload or under-load, unleveled washer, hard water or wrong temperature or faulty lid switch, door lock, drive belt, motor coupling, drive motor, bearing or drive pulleyBalance the load, level the washer, use soft water, and choose the right temperature. Also, replace the lid switch, door lock, drive belt, motor coupling, drive motor, bearing, or drive pulley if any is faulty.
4.Deep Fill Washer Won’t DrainKinked or clogged hose, clogged or faulty pump, open lid, extended drainage height, or faulty lid switchUnblock the drain hose, unclog the pump or replace it if it’s faulty and remove the lid if it’s obstructed. Also, reduce the drainage height (or get a more powerful pump) and replace the defective lid switch
5.Deep Fill Washer Stuck On SensingDrain clogging or faulty transmission, water inlet valve, shift actuator, or control boardUnclog the drain or replace the defective part (transmission, inlet valve, shift actuator, or control board) depending on what’s faulty
6.Deep Fill Washer Won’t AgitateWorn out or defective agitator repair kit, drive belt, drive block, motor coupling, drive motor, wash plate, or door lockReplace the worn-out or defective agitator component

How to Find GE Deep Fill Washer Error Codes?

So, your GE deep fill won’t work or is behaving oddly, and you cannot tell what’s wrong? Then put it on diagnostic/service mode to find the real issues. Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1 – Previous Error Clearance

Start pressing the power button on your deep fill washer to clear previous errors. You may hold the button for a few seconds until the display panel goes blank.

Step 2 – Power Disconnect

Go ahead and unplug your washer from the power outlet and wait for at least 30 seconds.

Step 3 – Test Mode

Plug the washer back into the power outlet and press’ signal,’ ‘start,’ ‘signal’ (again). And ‘start relay’ in the same order to lock the washer’s door. Then wait a few seconds for the washer to display code T01, indicating it’s now on test mode.

Step 4 – Recent Error Codes

Now press ‘delay start’ for the washer to move to T02 and allow the washer to display the error code.

Step 5 – Error Clearance

Quickly view and record the error code on display and press ‘start/pause’ to clear them. Then press ‘power’ to go back to T02.

Step 6 – Exit Test Mode

Lastly, press ‘signal,’ ‘delay start,’ ‘signal,’ and ‘delay start’ in the same order to exit test/diagnostic mode.

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Generally, here are some common error codes and their interpretations worth knowing:

  • E22 (slow or no fill)
  • E23 (overfill)
  • E30/DR (no drainage)
  • E46 (overheated motor)
  • E48 (defective drive motor)
  • UB (unbalanced load) or E71
  • E49 (overload motor)
  • E57/E58/ (faulty main control board)
  • LO (Open lid)
  • E70 (stuck key)

For more error codes, consult your washer’s technical booklet or manual. Let’s now talk about troubleshooting everyday GE deep fill washer issues.

6 Common GE Deep Fill Washer Problems

Below are the typical GE deep fill washing machine issues:

1. Washer Won’t Start

Several elements are worth considering when your deep-fill washer won’t start. They include the following:

  • Power loss – Check to see if you’ve power at home. You can try switching the light on. If they don’t light up, then the issue is a power loss.
  • Power fault – It’s worth checking the power cord (for fault), the breaker (for tripping), the fuse (for blowing up), and the power outlet (for fault too). Test the power cord, power outlet, and fuse with a multimeter and replace what’s faulty. As for the tripped circuit breaker, reposition it.
  • Open lid – Check to see if the top is open. If yes, look for an obstruction and remove it. If there’s none, replace the lid switch.
  • The washer might be off – You have to turn your GE deep fill washer on for it to start. So, check its switch button to ensure it’s on.
  • Locked controls – Check the control lock function on your washer as it might be on. If it is, turn it off immediately to unlock the machine.
  • Drain obstruction – Sometimes, the GE deep fill washer won’t start if there’s a drain obstruction. So, check the drains to remove any blockages.
  • Faulty timer or user control board – Test the timer with a multimeter and the user control board (by pressing the control panel’s buttons). Replace the faulty part if the timer fails the continuity test, or the control board is non-responsive.
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2. GE Deep Fill Washer Won’t Fill

Here are possible explanations to why your GE deep fill washer won’t fill up with water:

  • Washer faucets might be off – You must turn on the hot and cold water faucets for the washer to fill up. So, do that if it’s not the case.
  • Kinked fill hose – Unkink the drain hose to prevent any water flow restriction. Try to straighten the fill hose and move it away from the wall.
  • Dirty filter screen – Use a brush to clean the filter screen if it’s dirty. You can remove clogs with a toothpick.
  • Stuck fill valve – Replace the fill valve if it’s stuck and won’t open and close smoothly. That will help to get the water into the washer.
  • Low water pressure – Measure the washer’s supply water pressure with a pressure gauge. If it’s less than 20 psi, increase it but don’t exceed 120 psi.
  • Defective water valve – Test the inlet valve with a multimeter and find its replacement if it doesn’t show continuity.
  • Power issue – Check the power outlet socket, power cord, fuse, and breaker to ensure no fault. Test the socket, power cord, and fuse with a multimeter and replace what’s faulty. However, reposition the breaker if it tripped.

3. GE Deep Fill Washer Not Spinning

Several factors could stop your deep-fill washer from spinning. They include:

  • Load imbalance, underload, or overload – Ensure you balance your laundry correctly. Don’t underload or overload it to ensure there’s even spinning when you run the washer.
  • Unleveled washer – If your washer is vibrating violently, check its level. If it’s unlevelled, adjust its legs before re-spinning.
  • Soft water – Hard water’s magnesium and calcium minerals may prevent it from spinning. Thus, consider using soft water instead.
  • The wrong temperature – If the water temperature is too cold, the washer may not turn. So, adjust it to at least 1040F for optimal performance.
  • Faulty components (lid switch, door lock, drive belt, motor coupling, drive motor, bearing, or drive pulley) – Your GE deep fill washer depends on a properly functioning lid switch, door lock, drive belt, motor coupling, drive motor, bearing or drive pulley. If any of them is faulty, the washer won’t spin, so you should replace it.

4. GE Deep Fill Washer Won’t Drain

If your GE deep fill washer doesn’t drain water, it could be due to any of these reasons:

  • Kinked/clogged hose – Remove twists and unclog the hose if dirt-blocked to improve draining.
  • Clogged or faulty pump – Clean the drain pump if dirty or replace it if it’s damaged (look for wear and cracks).
  • Open the lid – An open lid can prevent the washer from draining. So, try closing it and remove it if there’s an obstruction.
  • Faulty lid switch – A faulty lid switch needs replacing as it prevents the washer from moving to the drain cycle.
  • Extended drainage height – The washer’s drain pipe height shouldn’t be more than 8 feet. If it is, you should get a sump pump to offer extra power for pumping the water out.
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5.  GE Deep Fill Washer Stuck On Sensing

Now, consider these issues if your GE washer won’t go past sensing:

  • Drain clogging – If your washer is not draining well, it won’t go past sensing. So, check the (drain hose, valve, and pump for blocking and cleaning them.
  • Faulty component (transmission, water inlet valve, shift actuator, or control board) – Your GE deep fill washer will also not go past sensing mode if any of these listed components is faulty. So, check them after confirming nothing is wrong with the drainage and replace what’s defective.

6. Washer Won’t Agitate

Lastly, your GE washer won’t agitate due to wear or faultiness of any of these components:

  • Agitator repair kit
  • Drive belt
  • Drive block
  • Motor coupling
  • Drive motor wash plate
  • Door lock


Carefully examine all the agitator components above to find the faulty one and replace it. You can use your manual to locate all these parts.

GE Deep Fill Washer Reset

Generally, you’ve two options when it comes to resetting your GE deep fill washer:

Option 1 – Electronic Controls Reset

Resetting the electronic controls is ideal for the following scenarios:

  • After a power failure
  • Getting out of test mode
  • When the washer won’t complete a circle
  • When the cycle temporarily stops
  • If the washer is stuck on sensing

The technique requires you to unplug your washer or shut its circuit breaker for 2 minutes and restore the power.

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Power 2 – Motor Reset

Consider resetting the motor if your deep fill washer has a Hydrowave system. It requires you to:

  • Unplug your GE washer for 60 seconds
  • Plug it back, and quickly raise and lower its lid six times under 12 seconds
  • Overall, ensure you lift the top at least 2 inches.

Closing Remarks 

There you have it – a comprehensive GE Deep Fill Washer troubleshooting guide. Use it when your GE deep fill washing machine won’t start, agitate, spin, fill up, drain, or more past sensing.

In the end, being able to fix some of these issues saves your money and time. And if you cannot figure out what’s wrong with the laundry machine, run a diagnostic on it to find out.

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