Samsung Dishwasher LC Code? – 3 Essential Things To Check

An error code on an appliance is most people’s worst nightmare. It signifies that the unit isn’t working correctly, if at all. Samsung’s dishwashers are no different.

From time to time your dishwasher will show different codes to tell you that something is not operating properly.

Today we will discuss what the LC error code means and how you can fix it.

What Does the Samsung Dishwasher LC Code Mean?

When the LC error code on a Samsung dishwasher is flashing, it indicates the unit’s leak sensor is detecting moisture or a water leak.

If you’d like to simply clear the code it’s as simple as unplugging the power cord to the dishwasher for about 15 minutes.

Doing this should clear the error and reset your dishwasher.

However, if this does not work some additional measures need to be taken.

It could indicate a faulty leak sensor or that your dishwasher does in fact have a water leak.

LC Error Code On Samsung Dishwasher leak sensor

If you’re lucky, the problem may be that the bottom pan simply has moisture or is damp and it’s tricking your dishwasher into thinking there is a water leak.

If this is the case there isn’t actually a leak and you’ll simply need to dry the bottom pan.

Regardless, let’s discuss some troubleshooting techniques to see what the problem is.

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The First Steps to Take

The first thing you should do is check to see if the dishwasher is leaking water.

To do so simply pull dishwasher out from counter top and remove metal panel on the right side.

From there you will have some access to the drain pump, in order to see if any visible leaks appears.

If you find some water around the drain pump, it most likely has a leak and the code is being shown correctly.

water around leak sensor

Other Issues That May Cause the LC Error Code

As we mentioned, there are several other things that may cause your Samsung dishwasher to display the LC error code.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Was your dishwasher recently installed or moved?

If you recently had your Samsung dishwasher installed or moved, water or moisture may have gotten on the leak sensor.

If so, just allow the sensor time to dry and then try clearing the code again.

Did you overfill the dishwasher with detergent?

Overfilling the detergent dispenser on your Samsung dishwasher is a bad idea.

When you overfill the dispenser, the machine may detect excess detergent and can begin showing the LC code.

Did a garbage disposal recently get connected to the dishwasher?

Garbage disposals that are newly installed and connected to dishwashers can actually cause the LC error.

This happens when the cap is not removed from the garbage disposal. If this is the case simply remove the cap and clear the code.

If none of these issues pertain to you, keep reading.

The LC Code is Still Flashing, Now What?

So, you’ve tried unplugging the machine for 15 minutes and it’s still flashing?

Your next step is to call a professional for service or simply follow the steps below.

Disconnect Power

Before going any further you’ll need to disconnect all power.

So, you’ll want to unplug your Samsung dishwasher from the wall and turn the breaker off to it.

Remove Dishwasher from Under the Counter

If you look under the counter you’ll see small clips that are fastened with a couple screws that hold the dishwasher in place.

Simply remove the screws and slide the machine out from under the cabinets to gain access to the bottom of it.

Once you have the unit out you’ll need to turn the dishwasher on its side to provide the access you need.

dishwasher bottom panel removed

Remove Bottom Panel

The entire bottom of the Samsung dishwasher is covered by a panel or tray.

This part is made to keep leaking water from reaching the floor beneath.

You may notice that there is a bowl shape in the middle of the bottom tray. This is where the sensor is located.

When water collects it tells the sensor there’s water build-up and the machine gets stuck in a cycle where it constantly tries to drain the water.

Dry Water or Moisture Inside the Dishwasher

Dry the sensor and bottom dishwasher pan with a rag. Make sure you get as much of the moisture or water as you can.

Locate the Leak Sensor

The leak sensor should be located on the bottom of the unit or in the drain pan.

upside-down dishwasher for easy access

Once you find it, relocate it a few inches higher.

This will prevent the code from coming back if your problem is just a little moisture.

While you still have the machine open it’s a good idea to check hoses and water lines for visible signs of leakage.

If you find a leak this must be repaired or the LC code will keep coming back.

Put the Dishwasher Back in Place

Replace and secure the bottom panel on the machine. Slide it back under the counter and replace the screws to re-secure it in place.

Turn the Power Back On

Now you can plug the machine back in and turn the breaker on.

Test the Machine

Now the moment of truth. Run a test cycle to see if the LC code is cleared and the Samsung dishwasher is working properly again.

The steps discussed above are usually the only fix required to clear the LC code and allow you to continue on with using your Samsung dishwasher.

If you still need help or can’t get the code to clear you can also try to call Samsung’s dishwasher support line.

They will need to know your model number and a brief description of what’s going on.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know if the process worked for you!

Read: Samsung Dishwasher Error Codes: Code OC…and…Code 1E

Reader Comments (48)

  1. Life saver with your tips! I put two washers one under each end of the moisture sensor to raise the probes a little. So far so good!

  2. Samsung POS, had it serviced several times. No success, asked for replacement, got 600 dollars for a 1000 dollar purchase… They said we kept it to long to get full price. I will never buy another Samsung, you shouldn’t either.

  3. Just disconnect it to make it go until the part comes in. This is the second one I’ve replaced in my 3 year old dishwasher it’s a poorly made part.

  4. I have a DW80K5050UW Samsung. Had the LC error flashing light and can hear the washer kept on trying to drain water from main compartment from time to time constantly. Found my way to this page and a couple of YouTube videos. Did the pulling dishwasher out, putting it on it’s side, took off bottom panel, removed water sensor to wipe dry the sensor and the catch pan (which had a little water). Put everything back together and put the washer back upright, power washer back up and got the same LC error light (along with the sound of washer trying to drain water when there wasn’t any). Perplexed to see I was still getting LC error light after doing all the steps and was going to resolve to calling a service tech…then decided since it was trying to drain water I pour about a 1/2 quart of water in the main compartment in which the washer did drain the water immediately and then the LC error light was gone…it was fixed! Here is the link to the YouTube video ( So, if still getting LC error light after removing bottom water catch panel and drying sensor area, try pouring some water in the main compartment to get drained, it worked for me…good luck!

    • I poured water in the dishwasher like you suggested. Two quarts of HOT water instead, let it drain then shut the unit off. It did not turn back on (like it was doing while in error sequence), ran a rinse and drain cycle and all was fixed. Thanks Jack for the FIX!!

  5. Thanks for this site…i have three year old model that would do this, and resetting power and sitting for few hours would fix. However now quick fix NG. So i removed dishwasher, pulled plate, found sensor, cleaned some gunk, reassembled and still LC error. Pulled out again, raised sensor wires, reassemble, and NG. Pulled again, cut wires from sensor, made sure no contact where i hung with electrical tape…NG…still getting LC code. Any other suggestions would be appreciated please. Thanks!

  6. I have Samsung model DW80R2031US. Dishwasher stopped working and was just beeping with the LED light blinking above the “Normal” button on the control panel. what finally worked:
    – Follow instructions above to remove dishwasher from under counter and remove bottom panel.

    – Locate a round disc shaped item on the inside of the bottom panel. It looks like THIS:

    – Remove that round plastic disc by pinching the two “prongs” holding it in place. * DO NOT disconnect the little white sensor that’s wired to the dishwasher and connected to the plastic disc. Leave that connected.

    – Under the plastic disc is a Styrofoam disc. Take that out (keep it, but set aside). It looks like this:

    – Re-assemble everything as it was.

  7. Samsung should be reading these comments and redesign their dishwashers….1 year old, first time ever we did not add the extended warranty and boom, would not drain, hours and days spent on that to end up with LC code….still working on that….so sick of programmed obsolesence, really????

    • I think everybody on the planet agrees with you 100%.

      …except Samsung, who would love for you to buy a new dishwasher once a year. Turns out you get more money from making unreliable products than reliable ones… but I’m sure ThE MaRkEt WiLl CoRrEcT ItSeLf.

  8. I have a Samsung dishwasher and I get the LC code we cleaned the bottom tray and could not find an leaks anywhere. Then it keeps give us the LC code and then there is water again on the tray. We clean it up run it again same thing over and over again can not find where the water is coming from. Oh and plus the motor makes this grinding nosie we cleaned the drain pump and it was not dirty or they was nothing in there that would cause it to make that noise. So the motor at the bottom when we turn it is easy and then get hard to turn. Do we need new bearing too and need help finding the leak or leaks

    • Exactly same thing happen to me, and Samsung doesn’t stand behind their products, called the customer service they gave zero advice. would never purchase Samsung again.

      • Same with me. Same with me. I didn’t buy extended warranty….because I have NEVER had a problem with my appliances, but then, these are my first Samsung products. I have had problems with my French door refrigerator and now, my dishwasher. Samsung is on my NEVER PURCHASE AGAIN list.
        BTW: in south Alabama, you have to wait a month for a tech to come do anything!
        Like I said. Never again, Samsung!

  9. I simply had some condensation buildup due to the extra heat from the high temp/sanitize cycle. I just removed the sensor and it runs fine without it

      • Remove it and tye wires together? Brand new dishwasher ran 1 cycle only and it’s stuck on the water cycle

      • no – do NOT tie wires together. they are exposed to that watet catch cup and complete the cricuit if the two wires touch water. you can cut the wires short. make sure they are not touching near each other. id recommend electrical tape. make srue they do not connect to each other

  10. Hi. I have Samsung dishwasher, chef collection model.I don’t have LC code but after washing complete with success , there will be clean water inside the washing machine after 15 minutes. I clear the water with reset function but it occurs again. No leakage under the machine. I don’t know where it is coming from little by little. Any idea to fix this?

    • it is coming from the faulty inlet valve (it is sipping water not being fully closed). I recommend you to turn water OFF to the dishwasher under the sink. Every dishwasher has a dedicated water shut-off valve under the sink. After that, replace water inlet valve.

  11. Yes took apart and clean everything also took side panels off and didn’t see any leaks. Have no idea why keeps alarming out.

  12. Yes I took it apart. Also removed the side panels could find no visible leaks. The error code comes on during sanitize cycle.

  13. I have cleared LC code several times now. This last time I did lasted over a month. There are no leaks. Could be a bad sensor. Can I disconnect the sensor until I order a new one?

    • How did you check the dishwasher for leaks? Did you take it apart to reach sensor? There was no water at all? Even couple drops of water enough to trigger the sensor

  14. Brand new Samsung dishwasher , well 5 months old. My son opened it during the wash cycle and now I have an lc code and it keeps running and running. I turned the breaker off but it didn’t reset It won’t let me turn the power off either

    • You have to pull dishwasher out and check bottom pan, where the flood sensor sits, to make sure there is no standing water there. If you are not comfortable doing this job, call appliance repair tech

  15. I was able to go through the steps you wrote out and fixed the LC problem, but now the dishwasher is leaking a little from the bottom left corner and it’s too far back from the door to the door. It seems to coming a few inches behind the door (seeping from a screw). Any ideas on how to fix this? My dishwasher is actually Samsung’s Dacor Modernist. Thank you in advance!


    • Yes. Open the door. Look on the inside of the door and locate the round cover that is attached with 2 screws. Unscrew the screws and you will see a round plastic vent. Take needle nose pliers and counter click wise or left Lucy turn the vent and remove the vent. Look under the flap and you will probably see gunk and grime under the vent and on the flap. Clean it all out and replace the plastic vent lefty Lucy. This may fix your situation.

  16. I had the “LC” code. I normally splash some vinegar in the dishwasher prior to starting the load. Maybe I splashed to much! Anyways, I unplugged, waited, restarted, still got the code. Then I wiped up all liquid in the bottom, tried restarting, -got the code. Waited a few hours, began to pull it out from the counter, decided to try one more time. No code…. probably got too wet, had to dry out. Good luck!

  17. Someone added rinse add and turned it up to 6 wide open and it foamed. Once cleaned out and dried it work fine


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