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LG Washing Machine Error Codes: Meaning and How to Fix Them

Oleg Chudnovski, CEO

Technically Reviewed by Oleg Chudnovski, CEO on Feb 09, 2024 | Written by Fix Appliances CA Editorial Contributors

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Modern LG washing machines are far more user-friendly and technologically advanced than ever. Many now include helpful built-in computer control panels that can help you diagnose a range of problems, but they aren’t a lot of help if you don’t understand the error codes indicated and how to fix them.

Fortunately, Fix Appliances CA, an authorized repair service provider for LG appliances, has successfully repaired front-load and top-load LG washing machines in the Barrie, Hamilton, Oshawa, and Toronto areas for several years. We specialize in decoding error codes and can assist you in understanding their meaning. Here are some of the most frequently encountered LG washer error codes. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive repair services performed by a team of over 20+ fully LG-authorized and insured experts who are equipped with high-quality parts to ensure optimal results.

 

LG Washing Machine Error Codes

Select LG error code on your display:

  • FE – Water Overflow Error
  • OE – Drains Slowly
  • IE – Inlet Water Supply
  • UE or UB – Unbalanced Load
  • CL – Child Safety Lock
  • LE – Locked Drive Motor
  • tCL – Tub Clean Cycle
  • dE – Door is Open
  • CE – Over Current in the Electrical Circuit
  • SUD – Suds Reducing Cycle
  • Cd – Cool Down
  • PE – Water Level Sensor
  • PF – Power Failure
  • tE – Heating Error
  • Time Does Not Advance
  • Buttons Do Not Respond

LG Washing Machine Error Codes: Meaning and How to Fix Them

FE Error Code: Water Overflow Error

Condition:
The washer is overfilling. This is usually the result of a faulty water valve.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Inlet water valve assembly.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Close both water taps. To release any retained water, switch the washer back on, press the spin button until “no spin” is chosen, and then hit the start/pause button. After the washer drains, restart the washing cycle. If the FE error code persists, it’s advisable to schedule a service call with a professional.

OE Error Code: Drains Slowly

Condition:
The drain hose is probably kinked or clogged.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Drain hose or the drain pump.

How to fix the problem yourself:
If you notice an obvious kink in the drain hose, straighten it, and it should fix the problem. However, if it doesn’t clear the error code, there may be a clog in the hose. Check each section of the hose for clogs; if you find one, try removing the clog from the hose. If neither of these solutions resolves the issue, it could suggest a malfunctioning drain pump. At this stage, it’s advisable to seek assistance from our skilled professionals.

IE Error Code: Inlet Water Supply

Condition:
The washer isn’t able to fill the load with water.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
The drain hose may be installed incorrectly, your supply taps may be closed, you may have a kinked or damaged inlet hose, or it could simply be a clogged inlet filter.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Start by checking for a clogged inlet filter. If this doesn’t work, check that your drain hose is installed correctly and that your supply taps are open. If you cannot clear the error code, contact us for same-day help.

UE or UB Error Code: Unbalanced Load

Condition:
The load is unbalanced.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Drum unit of the washer.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Stop the machine and open the door. Move the clothing in the drum so the load is evenly distributed.

CL Error Code: Child Safety Lock

Condition:
The CL error code isn’t an error code. This message lets you know that the child safety lock has been activated.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Child safety lock.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Press and hold your finger on the child lock button for a minimum of 3 seconds. This action should reset the code, enabling you to resume using the washing machine. If this proves ineffective, it signals a mechanical failure, and it’s recommended to arrange for a visit from one of our repair technicians.

LE Error Code: Locked Drive Motor

Condition:
The motor is locked out. This usually means that the load in the machine is too heavy and creates too much stress on the motor.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Washing machine motor.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Reduce the size of the load and hit the reset on the machine. We recommend contacting us for on-site service if this doesn’t clear the code.

LE Error Code LG Washer Model: WM2277HW SN: 407KW-02NNN
Example: LG Washer Model: WM2277HW SN: 407KW-02NNN

The rotor position sensor, also known as the hall sensor, is an integral part of the automated system in your washing machine. Its role is to assist the control board in ensuring the smooth operation of the machine. Essentially, the hall sensor monitors the washer’s motor to guarantee it functions correctly and at the appropriate times throughout the washing cycle.

In LG washing machines, the hall sensor keeps track of whether the motor is in motion. When the control panel indicates an “LE” error code, the hall sensor signals that the drum isn’t turning due to either a motor failure or a loose wire harness connecting the hall sensor to the control panel. Verifying the security of the wire harness on the hall sensor and conducting a sensor test can help determine if replacement is necessary.

tCL Error Code: Tub Clean Cycle

Condition:
The tCL error code is meant to let you know when to run the clean tub cycle. Over time, detergent and other residues can build up in the tub, marking your clothing.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Washing machine tub.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Start by ensuring the tub is empty, filling the detergent dispenser with bleach, and choosing the clean cycle option. If you still see the error code after running the cycle, contact Fix Appliances CA for further assistance.

dE Error Codes: Door is Open

Condition:
There are 3 different dE error codes: dE, dE1 and dE2. All are indications that the door was unable to lock for some reason.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Door locking mechanism assembly.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Power down the machine by pressing the power button and disconnecting it. Subsequently, press and hold the Start/Pause button for 5 seconds. Upon restarting the machine, the circuit breaker will be reset.

  • dE1 Error Code

Condition: The dE1 error code specifically refers to a door-locking issue on your LG washing machine.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Door locking mechanism.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Please turn off the machine using the power button and unplug it. Press and hold the Start/Pause button for approximately 5 seconds. After restarting the machine, the circuit breaker will reset, allowing you to close and lock the door securely.

  • dE2 Error Code

Condition: If you encounter the dE2 error code on your LG washing machine, it signifies a problem with locking the door properly.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Door locking mechanism.

How to fix the problem yourself:
To address the dE2 error, start by turning off the machine using the power button and disconnecting the power. Then, press and hold the Start/Pause button for around 5 seconds. Upon restarting the machine, the circuit breaker will reset, permitting you to close and secure the door successfully. If the issue persists, the door lock mechanism must be replaced.

Ninety percent of attempts to fix the LG washing machine error code “dE: The door is open” on your own end up necessitating a service center call within 2-3 weeks. Additional problems can arise due to self-disassembly, posing a risk to the breakdown of other components. To save time, it is advisable to contact the service center immediately.

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CE Error Code: Over Current in the Electrical Circuit

Condition:
A short circuit in your machine.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Wiring, broken motor or power control board.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Power off your machine and unplug it for 10 seconds. Plug the machine back in and try to run a washing cycle. If this doesn’t clear the error code, it’s time to reach out for help.

Sud Error Code: Suds Reducing Cycle

Condition:
Too many suds in your load. The appliance will automatically initiate a cycle designed to reduce suds, and this process may last up to 2 hours.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Water hose or water line.

How to fix the problem yourself:
The Sud error code might pop up due to a blockage in your water hose or water line, resulting in a backup. Initially, clear the obstruction and run the cycle again. If the issue persists, consider reducing the amount of detergent used in your loads.

Cd Error Code: Cool Down

Condition:
CD error is not a real error code. Instead, this is a message the machine displays to indicate the cool-down period after the drying cycle is complete.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Electronic control panel malfunction.

How to fix the problem yourself:
If your machine is functioning properly, you need no action. The code should clear once the cycle is complete. If it doesn’t, it may indicate an electronic failure, and at that point, it’s best to request a service call. Before doing that, try unplugging your machine for 10 seconds first.

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PE Error Code: Water Level Sensor

Condition:
The water level sensor is not reading properly.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Water level sensor.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Unplug the machine for 10 seconds. Once you’ve done this, try and run another cycle. If the error code remains, contact us for service.

PF Error Code: Power Failure

Condition:
When you experience a power failure during your washing cycle, it’s a sign that the power to your machine has been disrupted during your load.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Washing machine cord, external power supply

How to fix the problem yourself:
Once power is fully restored, this error code should clear on its own — all you have to do is restart the cycle. However, if you continue to have a problem, check for a tripped breaker and confirm the cord is plugged in properly. If these solutions don’t help, the next step is to request a service call from Fix Appliances CA.

tE Error Code: Heating Error

Condition:
Indication of a heating error.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
The most common cause is a faulty Thermistor, which is a sensor that measures heat.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Unplug your machine for 10 seconds. After reconnecting the machine, press and hold the spin speed button. Let go of the button once you observe “No spin” highlighted. Once the machine is completely drained, you can initiate a new washing cycle.

Time Does Not Advance Error Code

Condition:
The Time Does Not Advance error may happen for several reasons. For example, it may be because of the size of the load, the weight of the load, the amount of suds or water temperature. These can cause your washer to extend its cycle time, producing the error.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
A lid switch, timer, motor, water level controller, drain pump, and water inlet valve.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Reduce your load size and weight, use less detergent to reduce suds or unplug your machine for 10 seconds. Next, reconnect the power and give it another attempt.

Buttons Do Not Respond Error Code

Condition:
The button you’re trying to press is unavailable for the current cycle or can’t be used simultaneously as another option.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
The control panel malfunctioned, and the child door lock was enabled.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Try to use certain options separately. For example, you may also have the child door lock enabled. Clearing this will remove the error code.

Multifunction Display and Solutions Table

Error Code and Symptoms Causes Possible Parts Replacement Solutions
FE Error Code The washer is overfilling. Inlet Water Valve Assembly, Water Level Pressure Switch, Drain Pump, Main Control Board (PCB) or Water Inlet Hoses. Turn off both water taps. To remove any trapped water, turn the washer back on, press the spin button until no spin is chosen, and press start/pause. Once the washer drains, restart the wash cycle.
OE Error Code The drain hose is probably kinked or clogged. Drain Hose, Drain Pump, Drain Filter, Water Outlet Hose or Main Control Board (PCB) If you see a kink in the drain hose, straighten it. If the error persists, there might be a clog. Check the hose for clogs; if found, remove them. If the issue continues, it could be a faulty pump.
IE Error Code The washer isn’t able to fill the load with water. Inlet Water Valve Assembly, Inlet Hoses, Inlet Filters, Water Level Pressure Switch or Main Control Board (PCB) First, inspect for a blocked inlet filter. If there is no improvement, confirm proper drain hose installation and open supply taps.
UE or UB Error Code The load is unbalanced. Drum Unit, Suspension Springs, Shock Absorbers, Balancer Ring, Main Control Board (PCB) Halt machine, open door, and rearrange clothes for even load distribution in the drum.
CL Error Code The CL code isn’t an error. It signals the child lock is on. Control Panel Buttons, Child Lock Button, Control Board or Wiring Connections. Press and hold the child lock button for 3 seconds to clear and resume use. If unsuccessful, it suggests a mechanical issue.
LE Error Code The motor locked due to heavy load, straining it. Motor Rotor, Stator Assembly, Hall Sensor (position Sensor), Main Control Board (PCB) Decrease load size, and reset the machine.
tCL Error Code tCL code signals the time for the tub cleaning cycle. Detergent buildup can soil clothes over time. Washing Machine Tub, Detergent Dispenser, Cleaning Solution (e.g., Bleach), Clean Cycle Option. Ensure the tub is empty. Fill the detergent dispenser with bleach, and select a clean cycle.
dE Error Codes The door was unable to lock for some reason. Door Lock Assembly, Door Lock Sensor or Switch, Wiring Harness, Control Board or Mechanical Parts Ensure the washer’s door is fully closed and latched securely, and if the error persists, check for any obstructions, inspect the door lock mechanism for damage, and consider performing a power reset by unplugging the washer for a few minutes.
dE1 Error Codes Door Open Error Door Lock Assembly, Door Lock Sensor or Switch, Wiring Harness, Control Board or Mechanical Parts Ensure the door is fully closed and latched, check for any door seal damage or obstructions, perform a power reset, observe the door lock mechanism, and inspect wiring connections.
dE2 Error Codes The error is similar to the previous “dE” and “dE1” codes – Door Lock Error. Door Lock Assembly, Door Lock Sensor or Switch, Wiring Harness, Control Board or Mechanical Parts Ensure the door is firmly closed, examine the door lock mechanism for damage or blockages, execute a power reset, confirm the door lock is functioning correctly, and check the wiring connections.
CE Error Code A short circuit in your machine. Wiring, Motor or Power Control Board (PCB). Turn off, unplug for 10 sec, then plug and start a wash cycle.
Sud Error Code Excessive suds. The machine starts a suds-reduction cycle for up to 2 hours. Water Hose, Water Line, Drain Hose, Drain Pump, Water Level Pressure Switch or Detergent Amount. Sud code might result from a hose or line clog, causing a backup. Clear clog, rerun cycle. If the issue continues, reduce detergent use.
Cd Error Code The CD isn’t a true error code. It signifies a post-drying cool-down. Electronic Control Panel or Drying Cycle Completion. If the machine’s fine, no action is needed. The code clears after the cycle. If not, it might indicate electronic failure. Consider a service call. First, unplug for 10 seconds.
PE Error Code The water level sensor is not reading properly. Water Level Sensor, Wiring Connections or Main Control Board (PCB) Unplug for 10 seconds, then run another cycle.
PF Error Code Power failure during the wash cycle indicates disruption to the machine’s power. Washing Machine Cord, External Power Supply, Circuit Breaker, Control Board or Wiring Connections. After power’s back, the code should clear upon cycle restart. If the issue persists, check tripped breaker and cord connection.
tE Error Code Indication of a heating error. Thermistor (Temperature Sensor), Control Board (PCB) or Wiring Connections Unplug for 10 seconds. After plugging in, press and hold the spin speed button. Release when No spin is highlighted. Once fully drained, start a new wash cycle.
Time Does Not Advance Error Code Time Does Not Advance error can occur due to load size, weight, suds, or water temperature. The washer might extend the cycle, triggering the error. Lid Switch, Timer, Motor, Water Level Controller, Drain Pump, Water Inlet Valve or Control Board (PCB). Decrease load size, use less detergent for fewer suds, or unplug for 10 seconds. Plug and retry.
Buttons Do Not Respond Error Code The button you’re pressing is unavailable for this cycle or can’t be used with another option simultaneously. Control Panel, Child Door Lock, Control Board (PCB), Button Contacts or Wiring Connections Attempt separate use of specific options. For instance, a child door lock might be active. Clearing it will resolve the error.

Note: Before attempting any repairs, consult your washing machine’s user manual and follow safety precautions. If your appliance is under warranty, contact LG customer support for assistance. If you’re uncomfortable diagnosing or repairing the issue yourself, it’s recommended that you seek help from a professional and authorized FIX  Appliance CA repair technician. They can accurately diagnose the problem and perform any necessary repairs or replacements.

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Oleg Chudnovski, CEO

Oleg Chudnovski is the owner of Fix Appliances CA. His company serves as an authorized repair centre for leading manufacturers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Panasonic, Fisher and Paykel, LG, Samsung, Dacor, among others. Oleg leverages his daily experience to assist technicians and clients in addressing repairs of any complexity.

Date of page creation: August 18, 2023

Page update date: February 09, 2024

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8 comments on “LG Washing Machine Error Codes: Meaning and How to Fix Them

What does the “Code 7H” mean on my ‘LG ‘ Front Loading Washing Machine. Have looked
on the internet but can’t find anything referring to this number.

I would like to know what the Code Means as its its showing on my machine.

Your input would be much appreciated.

Recently purchased this LG Washing Machine but it would have been nice to have received
a List of the ERROR CODES.

Hello Marian Barnfield,
I’m sorry to hear that you’re encountering an error code on your LG front-loading washing machine. Regrettably, I couldn’t locate any information regarding this specific error code. It’s possible that you might be misinterpreting it or that it’s a less common or newer error code that hasn’t been widely documented.

In cases like this, I recommend consulting your washing machine’s user manual or reaching out to LG customer support for assistance. The user manual typically contains a list of error codes and their corresponding explanations specific to your machine. You can also consider contacting LG’s customer service for guidance on understanding and resolving the error code that’s currently displayed.

If you don’t have the user manual at hand, you can often find it on the LG website by searching for your particular washing machine model number. Alternatively, you can get in touch with LG’s customer support hotline for help in dealing with the error code.

If you’re located in our service area, you can take advantage of free LG-authorized repair service from our Fix Appliances CA repair technicians.

Why does PE appear every time I start my LG washing machine?
I kept restarting it, but it still didn’t work.

Hello Janice Badonio,
The “PE” error code on an LG washing machine typically stands for “Pressure Sensor Error” or “Water Level Sensor Error.” This error occurs when the washing machine cannot detect the water level properly. There are a few possible reasons for this issue:

  1. Water Supply Issue: Ensure the water supply to the washing machine is adequate. Check if the water faucets are fully open and that there are no kinks or obstructions in the water hoses.
  2. Water Inlet Valve: The water inlet valve controls water flow into the washing machine. If the valve is faulty or clogged, it may not allow enough water to enter the machine. Inspect the valve for any signs of damage or debris.
  3. Pressure Sensor: The pressure sensor, also known as the water level sensor, is responsible for detecting the water level in the machine. If it malfunctions, it can result in the PE error. The sensor might need to be replaced if it’s defective.
  4. Drainage Issue: Ensure that the drainage system is working correctly. If the water doesn’t drain properly, it can interfere with the water level sensing mechanism.
  5. Faulty Control Board: A malfunctioning control board could sometimes cause a PE error. If other components are working fine, but the error persists, it might be worth considering the control board as a possible culprit.
  6. Professional Assistance: If you’ve checked the basic elements such as water supply, hoses, and drainage, and the problem persists, it’s recommended that you contact Fix Appliances CA, LG appliance repair center, and schedule a visit with our qualified technician for further assistance. They may be able to diagnose the issue more accurately and provide guidance on the necessary repairs or parts replacement. Call us today for same-day repair at  888-242-0777.

My LG front loader will not drain. I have checked the hose, no kinks and no blockages. Can you suggest any before I have to call for a service? Thanks

Squealing sound when drum turns.
Stops in middle of cycle with error code UE
Even when nothing is in machine.
Squealing can be heard when manually spinning drum

Hello Joel Russo,
Your washing machine drum is unbalanced if the appliance displays the error code “UE”. To solve the problem with your LG washing machine, I can try to provide you with some tips:

  1. Inspect Drum Bearings: If the squealing persists when manually spinning the drum, it could indicate worn-out or faulty drum bearings. Consider calling a technician to inspect and replace the bearings if necessary.
  2. Error Code UE: The UE error code typically indicates an unbalanced load. Even when the drum is empty, this error can occur due to internal issues. Try redistributing the load evenly within the drum and ensuring the machine is level on the floor.
  3. Levelling the Machine: Use a spirit level to check if the washing machine is properly levelled. Adjust the machine’s feet as needed to maintain stability and balance.
  4. Reset the Machine: Sometimes, a simple reset can resolve minor issues. Turn off the washing machine, unplug it from the power source for a few minutes, then plug it back in and restart.
  5. Professional Assistance: If the problem persists after trying these steps, it may require professional repair. Contact our authorized LG service department at 647-503-6655 if you are located in Toronto or the GTA and surrounding areas.

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