Why Your Dishwasher Keeps Beeping: 9 Reasons + Fixes

Why Your Dishwasher Keeps Beeping

Is your dishwasher beeping?

Unfortunately, this is a common issue and can be super annoying when it happens, especially when you just want to relax, but your dishwasher won’t let you.

There are different reasons why your dishwasher keeps beeping. Sometimes, it gets stuck. In other cases, the door might be left open. There are even some beeping noises that are far more serious. You might need to adjust a component, reset your dishwasher, or replace a part. 

But, don’t worry. Keep reading to stop your dishwasher from beeping!

9 Ways to Stop Your Dishwasher From Beeping

To help you solve the issue, I’ve compiled a list of 9 effective fixes in this section.

By following the provided tips, you’ll be able to get your dishwasher back up and running smoothly in no time!

#1 Reset the Dishwasher

Although there are different solutions available, the easiest way to stop your dishwasher from beeping is by turning it off and back on.

You see, this way, you’ll give it a fresh start, and you may get rid of different errors that were causing the issue.

Follow these quick steps to reset your dishwasher:

  1. Locate the power source of your dishwasher.
  2. Unplug your dishwasher from the wall. Wait for approximately five minutes before plugging it back in. You can also flip the circuit breaker off for a few minutes and then turn it back on.
  3. Allow your dishwasher to start up again, and see if the beeping has gone away. If it has, then you have fixed the problem, and you should be able to restart the wash cycle. 

But, if the issue persists, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn more about other troubleshooting techniques.

#2 Check the Door

If the door of the dishwasher has been opened or is not closed properly, a light will blink and the unit might start beeping. This is why I recommend closing the door to see if the issue goes away.

Dishwasher keeps beeping
Your dishwasher is not going to start it’s if the door is open. If it starts beeping, first make sure the door is completely and correctly closed!

However, if the light continues to blink after you have closed the door, chances are there’s an issue with the door switch, latch, or control panel/interface.

Another possible reason why your dishwasher might be beeping at you is that you have tried to open the door when the wash cycle is still in process. If you try to open the door when the wash cycle is still going, the dishwasher will not let you. Otherwise, the water may spill all over the floor.

In this situation, you need to wait for the wash cycle to finish before you open the door. Give the dishwasher a few more minutes, and you should be able to open the door. 

#3 Check the Detergent Dispenser

While checking the detergent dispenser may not be a common cause for dishwasher beeping, it’s still worth considering if other potential issues have been ruled out.

You see, if you set the dishwasher to complete a full wash cycle, but didn’t add detergent, it may start beeping and will rinse your dishes without actually cleaning them.

Take a look at the dispenser. If it is empty, you need to get some soap and detergent to add to that slot. If the dispenser already has soap and detergent in it, there is a possibility that the latch was not completely closed. 

So, after you add dishwashing detergent to the dispenser, make sure the latch is completely closed. Then, the dishwasher should go to work and clean your dishes. 

#4 Check the Dishwasher Arms

If you have ever wondered what the dishwasher does when the door is closed, now is your opportunity to learn more about it.

A lot of dishwashers have rotating arms that spray water all over the dishes. If you want your dishwasher to work properly, the arm needs to have plenty of room to rotate.

Some dishwashers have sensors that detect when the rotating spray arms are blocked, which can cause the dishwasher to beep.

Check the spray arms of your dishwasher
If your dishwasher keeps beeping, chances are there’s something blocking the spray arms.

So, if you find that your dishwasher is beeping at you, take a look at the pots, pans, and dishes. Make sure the rotating arm can do its job appropriately. If there is something blocking the rotating arm, you need to move it.

#5 Check the Water Outflow Valve

If your dishwasher is still beeping, chances are there’s something wrong with the water outflow valve.

After your dishwasher is done, it needs to drain all the water before you can open it again. If there’s still water in the dishwasher, the door is going to remain locked because it will not want you to flood your kitchen. 

This is why I recommend taking a look at the positioning of your dishes. Make sure there is nothing blocking the water outflow valve.

If there is something in the way, you should move it to rectify the problem. Then, your dishwasher will stop beeping.

#6 Check Your Electrical System

Now, it is time to get into a few more serious reasons why your dishwasher may be beeping.

There could be an issue with the internal electrical system of the dishwasher. If there has been a power surge recently, then this could have fried some internal circuits. 

What you need to do is try a few buttons on the dishwasher. If you find they are not working properly, then this could be a sign that there is something wrong with the electrical system.

This is something you need to rely on a professional to help you with. Otherwise, you could void your warranty and create a serious safety hazard. 

#7 Make Sure Your Dishwasher Isn’t Leaking

If your dishwasher is leaking water, it may start beeping to indicate the error.

You should take a look at the seal of the dishwasher and make sure there aren’t puddles on the floor beneath the dishwasher.

If you find that your dishwasher is leaking, you should not use it until you fix the leak. You may need to reach out to a professional who can help you figure out where the leak is located.

#8 Check the Heating Element

In order for your dishwasher to dry your dishes, it will need to crank up the internal temperature. This means it has to have a reliable heater. 

If there’s a potential problem with the heating element, the dishwasher could let you know by beeping at you. Usually, this will happen at the end of the cycle when the dishwasher should be drying the dishes. 

If you have a faulty heating element, you may need to replace it. You should think about the cost of the heating element before you decide to replace it. It might be more cost-effective to replace the entire dishwasher.

#9 Unclog the Dishwasher Filter

Finally, your dishwasher might be beeping at you because the filter is clogged.

There is a filter that is responsible for catching dust, debris, and particles from the dishes when they are washed. If the filter system is clogged, you’ll need to clean it or replace it.

To do it, please locate the filter system at the bottom of the dishwasher. Typically, you need to rotate this a quarter turn counterclockwise to unlock it. Then, remove the trap and filter assembly system. 

After you clean it, you should be able to return it to the dishwasher. After this, your dishwasher should start working properly. 


Even though it can be frustrating when your dishwasher starts beeping, there are a few easy things you can do to fix this issue, such as turning off the dishwasher and turning it back on. But, if that doesn’t work, you may need to reach out to a professional who can help you.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on the most common reasons why your dishwasher is beeping. Take a look at a few other related articles below! 

Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more