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LG Washer LE Error Code – Possible Causes & How To Fix

03.01.2024

When you see the LE error code on your LG washer, it tells you something is wrong with the motor. In this article, engineer Jacob Dillard from Appliance Repair Expert will explain the main causes of this error and how to fix it.

LG Washer LE Error

Reason #1. Improper Installation

If you encounter difficulties during installation, one of the LG washing machine error codes may appear on the screen. LE means that the motor and control panel are not communicating properly.

In most circumstances, the issue may be resolved by simply resetting the unit. Turn off the power to your washing machine and then push and hold the Start/Pause button for 5 seconds. Reconnect it and do a rinse-spin cycle to verify whether the code has been cleared. Contact a technician for assistance if the code appears on the display again.

LG Washing Machine Motor
LG Washing Machine Motor

Reason #2. Thermal Overload Protection

If the thermal overload protection has been activated, the LE fault code may be shown. Its function is to keep the motor from overheating and inflicting irreversible damage. Before beginning the cycle again, turn the washing machine off for about 30 min. If the error reappears, there may be a problem with the motor. Disconnect the device and call a professional technician.

Reason #3. Too Much Suds

Excessive foaming usually occurs when you use a detergent not specifically designed for your washing machine. Always refer to the owner’s manual and the detergent label to decide what type of detergent to use.

suds in washer

Unplug the washer and leave it for half an hour to allow the soap suds in the drum to dissolve. Reconnect the washing machine and turn it on, choosing “No Spin” from the Spin Speed menu. To start a drain-only cycle, press the Start/Pause button. Remove the load from the tub after the cycle is finished. To remove any residue, start a rinse-spin cycle. You may have to repeat the process to get rid of all of the suds.

Reason #4. Loading Problems

Certain load circumstances might cause the LE error code to appear on the LG washer display. Don’t use a soft cycle like Delicates, Hand Wash, Perm Press, or Wool/Silk if you wash many items. They should only be used for lighter loads.

Washer loading

Disconnect the appliance and press the Start/Pause button for five seconds before reconnecting. Restart the cycle after removing a few things from the washer to lessen the load size. If the error reappears, let the washer rest for 30 minutes to allow the motor to cool before restarting the cycle.

Reason #5.  Spin Problems

If your washer fails to spin properly during cycles, there may be an obstruction in the drive system. First, try cancelling the cycle and removing clothes to check if overloading caused the issue. Also, check for excessive suds.

Drain all water from the tub by running a drain-only cycle to investigate further. Unplug the power cord and use a wet/dry vac to draw out residual water via the drain hose if water remains.

With the washer unplugged, manually rotate the spin basket to feel for binding or stiff rotation. If the basket doesn’t turn freely, items may be lodged between it and the outer tub.

items in spin basket

A damaged spin bearing can also prevent smooth motion. Take the machine apart completely so a technician can replace the bearing.

Reason #6.  Wiring or Drive Motor Failure

Alternatively, wiring or motor defects could be to blame. Loose/disconnected wires would stop the motor and drive system. 

Multi-Wire Motor Harness
Multi-Wire Motor Harness

Cracked magnets inside the motor rotor can also prevent proper operation.

LG Washer Motor Rotor
LG Washer Motor Rotor

Here’s how to check:

  1. Unplug the washer and remove the top and rear access panels
  2. Take out the rotor bolt and detach the motor rotor
  3. Inspect the rotor magnets for breaks and replace the entire part if damaged
  4. Check and reattach any loose wiring between the electronic controls and the drive motor
  5. Do the same for tachometer wiring
LG Washing Machine Tachometer
LG Washing Machine Tachometer

If connections seem fine and the rotor is intact, the motor or the tachometer likely needs replacement. Contact an Appliance Repair Expert technician to check and replace the faulty components of your washing machine.

Conclusions

  1. The LE error code on LG washers indicates an issue with the washer motor or its communication with the control panel. Resetting the washer can temporarily fix it, but if the code reappears, there is likely an underlying problem.
  2. The most common causes of the LE code are incorrect installation and thermal overload protection tripping. 
  3. Incorrect detergent use may result in excessive foaming, which the LE code may indicate. Always follow the detergent recommendations in the user manual. 
  4. Running drain-only or no-spin cycles can help dissolve suds.
  5. Overloading the washer, especially on delicate cycles, can trigger the LE code. Remove some items to reduce load size and run a new cycle.
  6. Spin failures due to obstructions in the drive system or a damaged spin bearing may show the LE error. By rotating the basket by hand, you can check for any problems with the mounting, and technicians can replace the bearings.
  7. Loose, disconnected, or cracked wires between the electronic controls, engine, and tachometer may cause the LE code to appear. Check connections and rotor magnets. 

The LE code has several possible causes but usually indicates an engine malfunction that may require professional service or parts replacement. In other cases, following proper operating procedures can prevent overloads that cause this error. For fast and expert repairs, contact Appliance Repair Expert. Don’t let your appliances ruin your mood!

Author: Jacob Dillard
My name is Jacob Dillard, and I am the author of articles at Appliance Repair Expert. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by technology and spent much time reading different books and trying to repair my first CD player. Then, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. In a year, I got my first job as a technician at an appliance repair company. After years of practice and working with professionals, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and experience here at Appliance Repair Expert. I want to help you understand everything related to appliance repair, maintenance and installation in the simplest way possible. It will be fun, believe me!

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