GE Washing Machine Start Button Not Working? Try these FIXES

Is your GE washing machine start button not working? The good news is that this issue is usually temporary, and you can easily fix it yourself.

This guide explains why your GE washer button won’t work and how to troubleshoot it.

GE Washing Machine Start Button Not Working

Here’s how to fix your GE washing machine whose start button is unresponsive: First, disable the Child Lock. If this does not work, then reset your GE washer.

Don’t worry. I will explain the above solutions in detail. However, before you proceed, here are some words of caution:

If your GE washer is under warranty, I recommend contacting GE support and asking for advice. Unfortunately, opening your GE washer will void its warranty in most cases, so leave it as a last option.

Disable Child Lock

Washer Child Lock

The latest GE washing machines have a child lock, a safety feature. When the child lock is activated, it prevents the accidental start of the wash cycle.

If the child lock is engaged on your GE washer, it will be displayed on its display with a child lock icon flashing.

To disable Child Lock, press and hold the Child Lock button for a few seconds until its icon stops flashing.

Reset your Washing Machine

Resetting Washer

Resetting your GE washer will restore factory settings, which can fix many annoying and random errors, such as a non-responsive start button.

So, try resetting your GE washer. If this does not help, move on to the next method.

Faulty Control Board

Washer Control Board

As its name suggests, the control board is the brain of electronic washers. If the control board of your GE washing malfunctions, it will not even receive power. Thus none of its buttons will work, including the start button.

The control board is inside the washing machine, so you must disconnect your GE washer from the power source before accessing it.

If your GE washer is under warranty, do not attempt to inspect or replace the control board yourself, as it will void its warranty.


When your GE washing machine start button is unresponsive, try the following solutions to fix it:

  • Disable the child lock
  • Reset your washing machine
  • Check the washer control board
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