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

Modern LG washing machines are far more user-friendly and technologically advanced than ever before. 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 been repairing front and top load LG washing machines in the Toronto and Ottawa areas for years. We can help you figure out just what those error codes are telling you. Below you’ll find a few of the most common examples of LG washer error codes. In addition, we can help with any necessary repairs with over 20 fully licensed and insured experts ready to lend a hand using only the best quality parts.

 

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

FE Error Code

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 drain out any trapped water, power the washer back on, press the spin button until no spin is selected, and press the start/pause button. Once the washer has drained, restart the washing cycle. If the FE error code persists the unit will require a professional service call.

OE Error Code

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 the hose 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, and if you find one, try to remove the clog from the hose. If neither of these solutions fixes the problem, it may indicate a faulty drain pump. At this point, it’s best to request our expert help.

IE Error Code

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

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’re still unable to clear the error code, contact us for same-day help.

UE or UB Error Code

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 that the load is as evenly distributed as possible.

CL Error Code

Condition:
The CL error code isn’t actually an error code. It’s a message to let 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:
Touch the child lock button and hold your finger in place for at least 3 seconds. This should clear the code and allow you to continue using the washing machine. If this doesn’t work, it’s an indication of mechanical failure, and it’s best to request a visit from one of our repairmen.

LE Error Code

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. If this doesn’t clear the code, we recommend contacting us for on-site service.

tCL Error Code

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

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

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

dE Error Codes

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.

How to fix the problem yourself:
Turn the machine off by pressing the power button and unplug your machine. Next, press and hold the Start/Pause button for 5 seconds. When you turn the machine back on, the circuit breaker will reset, and you should be able to close the door and lock it in place.

CE Error Code

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

Condition:
Too many suds in your load. The machine will automatically enter a suds reducing cycle, which can take up to 2 hours.

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

How to fix the problem yourself:
It’s possible that the Sud error code is being displayed because of a clog in your water hose or water line that’s causing a backup. First, clear the clog and rerun the cycle. If the problem persists, try reducing the amount of detergent you’re using in loads.

Cd Error Code

Condition:
CD is not actually 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 there really is no action needed by you. The code should clear once the cycle’s 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.

PE Error Code

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

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:
This error code should clear on its own once power is fully restored — 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

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. When you plug the machine back in, hit and hold the spin speed button. Once you notice that No spin is highlighted, release the button. Once your machine is fully drained, you should be able to start 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 the suds or the water temperature. Any one of these can cause your washer to extend its cycle time, producing the error.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
A lid switch, timer, 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. Then, plug it back in and try again.

Buttons Do Not Respond Error Code

Condition:
The button you’re trying to press is not available for the current cycle or can’t be used at the same time as another option.

Parts where possible failure may take place:
Control panel malfunction, child door lock 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.

Same-Day LG Washer Appliance Repair Company – Fix Appliances CA™

For all LG washer troubleshooting needs in nearby Toronto and Ottawa, you can count on Fix Appliances CA with more than 17 years of industry expertise. Our team of technicians is familiar with all LG washing machine fault codes and how to fix them.

Instead of troubleshooting LG washing machine error codes by yourself, you can count on the reliability and experience of services provided by the Fix Appliances CA team. Here’s why:

  • 17+ years experience servicing LG washing machines
  • On-time same-day service
  • Technicians are licensed, insured and covered by public liability insurance
  • Our comprehensive warranty covers all parts and service

Contact us today at 888-242-0777 for your free quote. A Fix Appliances CA service representative is available 7 days a week, and same-day service is available for all emergencies.

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