If your GE dishwasher’s overflowing with water, use these troubleshooting steps to help you locate and repair the problem.  Fix or replace the defective parts and get your dishwasher filling with the proper amount of water again.

WARNING – If you are attempting to repair any dishwasher yourself, be aware that you are working with potentially dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Always remove the electrical power source from the appliance before you ever begin working on it.  If you are attempting to repair any household gas appliances yourself, always be sure to turn off the gas that is designated to the appliance before you ever begin to repair it.  Be aware that dishwashers have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Be aware that there are many other dangers and precautions involved with a dishwasher repair besides those listed above.  We strongly suggest that you please read our DISCLAIMER before any further actions are taken or proceeding any further.  Think safety first!

GE Dishwasher

Overfilling With Water


Step – (1.) Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is used to supply the dishwasher with the correct amount of water for the wash cycle, then shut off.  Troubleshooting Tip – A bad water inlet valve could be the reason why your dishwasher is overflowing with water.  If the inlet valve is faulty or malfunctioning, it can stay partially open, allowing water to continue entering the dishwasher, even when the dishwasher is not in use.

Step – (2.) Float Switch

Troubleshooting The float switch assembly.  It is located inside of the dishwasher, on the bottom part of the tub.  It is used to control the desired amount of water that enters the dishwasher, as the water enters the dishwasher the float rises with the water.  When the correct amount of water has entered the dishwasher tub, the switch is then activated, shutting the flow of water off.  If the float gets stuck, it will not rise with the water and the switch will not be activated, causing the dishwasher to overfill with water.  If the float is working properly and your dishwasher overfills, it could be that the float switch has failed.  You can test the float switch for continuity using a multimeter.  If the test shows the switch has continuity it is good.  If it does not, the part is faulty and will need to be replaced to fix the problem.  Repair tip – A test meter can be a real time and money saver while troubleshooting the numerous electrical parts on a dishwasher.  Electrical parts can be diagnosed either bad or good quickly.  Instead of assuming that a dishwasher’s electrical part is faulty and replacing it, only to find out that the part wasn’t bad and the problem lies elsewhere with another broken dishwasher part.