This guide explains how to enter service mode on your GE GFWR4805FMC washer to run diagnostic tests and identify potential issues.

Service Mode on your GE GFWR4805FMC Washer
Entering Service Mode on your GE GFWR4805FMC Washer

Before you begin:

  • Ensure the washer is empty and the door is closed.

Accessing Service Mode on Your GE GFWR4805FMC Washer and Similar Models

  1. Power Down: Turn off the washer using the power button.
  2. Button Sequence: With the washer off, press the following buttons in order: Rinse -> Delay Wash -> Rinse -> Delay Wash. If you make a mistake, simply start over from step 1.
  3. Service Mode Activated: If successful, the washer will display “Test 01” on the screen, indicating service mode has been entered.

Service Mode Tests:

The service mode offers various tests to diagnose washer functions. Refer to the table below for details:

Test NumberDescription
01LED and Door Check
02Model Number Display.
03User Interface Software Version.
04Hot Water Valve Check
05XML Version Check.
06Cold Water Valve Check
07Main Control Board Software Version.
08Dispenser Test
09Inverter Software Version.
10Tumble Test (agitation)
11Spin Test
12Drain Pump Check
13Heater Check
14Door Lock Test
15Out-of-Balance Test
16Pressure Sensor Test
17Flow Meter Test
18User Interface: Critical Software Version.
19Main Control Board Critical Software Version.
20Inverter Critical Software Version
21View Error Codes
22Clear Error Codes (Use with caution)
23Clear EEPROM (For qualified technicians only.)
24Slow Ramp Test (gradual spin increase)
25Low-Flow Water Valve Check
26Recirculation Pump Test.
27Overnight-Ready Test.

Important Note: Avoid using Test 23 (Clear EEPROM) unless you are a qualified appliance technician with the proper tools. This function erases essential washer settings and data, potentially rendering it unusable.

Navigating Service Mode Tests:

  • Turn the knob counter-clockwise to select a lower test number.
  • Turn the knob clockwise to select a higher test number.
  • Press Start/Pause to begin the selected test.

Exiting a Test:

  • To exit a test, simply turn the knob to select a different test number.
  • The washer will drain any remaining water before exiting the test.

Exiting Service Mode:

  • Press the Power button to return to the idle state.
  • The washer will automatically exit service mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.
  • You can also unplug the washer (if you didn’t unplug it earlier) to exit.

Upon exiting service mode:

  • The door will unlock.
  • Any water will be drained.
  • The washer will turn off.

Compatible Washer Models:

This service mode applies to several GE front-load washer models. Here’s a table for easy reference:

Model NumberDescription
GFWS2500Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWS2600Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWS2600F0WWFront-Load Washing Machine (White)
GFWS2600FWWFront-Load Washing Machine
GHWS3600Front-Load Washing Machine
GHWS3600F0WWFront-Load Washing Machine (White)
GFWS3700Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWR4800Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWR4800F2WWFront-Load Washing Machine (White)
GFWR4800F0WWFront-Load Washing Machine (White)
GFWS2505Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWS2605Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWS2605FMCFront-Load Washing Machine
GHWS3605Front-Load Washing Machine
GHWS3605FRRFront-Load Washing Machine
GHWS3605F0RRFront-Load Washing Machine (White)
GFWR4805Front-Load Washing Machine
GFWR4805FMCFront-Load Washing Machine
GFWR4805F0MCFront-Load Washing Machine


Service mode can be a helpful tool for troubleshooting problems with your GE washer. By running diagnostic tests, you can gain valuable insights into potential issues. However, remember to use caution and avoid functions that may alter critical settings (like Test 02, 03, 05, 07, 18, 19, 20, and 23) unless you’re a qualified technician.

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