GE top-load washing machines indicate errors through the flashing of a diagnostic light on top of the drive motor. One, two, three, five, six, eight or nine flashes all signal potential problems involving the drive motor.
A number of potential motor problems can cause error messages. They range in severity from a motor failure requiring a replacement part to an overheated motor, which may simply need the laundry load reduced. The owner's manual or a service provider such as Sears can help determine the precise problem. After the problem is resolved, the flashing light can be reset by unplugging the unit, plugging it back in, then immediately opening and closing the lid five times quickly.