How To Fix LE Error Code On LG Washing Machine?

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One moment your LG washing machine is operating fine, and the next minute you have a dreaded error code.

Is your washer displaying the LE error code?

There are several reasons this can occur.

While it is a pain, there are things you can do to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Here’s a look at what may be going on.

What Is The LG Error Code LE?

The code LE means that the motor in your washer is locked.

Sometimes this may simply be due to a wash load that was too heavy.

However, in more severe cases it can indicate you have a failed rotor position sensor, a broken motor, or damaged sensor or motor wires.

First Steps To Take

To determine if the error code is being shown due to a heavy wash load you should first try to reset the machine.

Follow these steps to complete this process:

Press the POWER button to shut the washer off.

Unplug the washer from the wall or flip the circuit breaker.

While the power is disengaged, press and hold the START/PAUSE button for at least 5 seconds.

Flip the breaker back to the “on” position or plug the washer back into the wall.

Did this do the trick? If the code is not cleared you will have to continue troubleshooting the other issues.

How To Troubleshoot & Fix A Locked Rotor

If the LE code on your LG washing machine is accompanied by loud “clanking” noises you’ll need to check the rotor on the unit.

Here’s how you go about this:

1. First unplug the power cord from the wall and turn the inlet water supplies off and disconnect all hoses.

2. Pull the washer far enough forward that you can easily gain access to the back of the machine.

3. Next, you’ll need to remove the screws on the back of the washer that hold the back panel in place.

Flex the panel enough to release the tabs found at the top or bottom (location depends on your model).

4. Remove the bolt that attaches the rotor to the tub shaft. You may need to hold the rotor still while you torque the bolt.

5. Since there may be sharp edges involved, it’s highly recommended that you wear gloves when doing this process.

6. Grasp the rotor firmly and pull it straight off the shaft.

Once you have the rotor off, you’ll want to check the teeth to see if any are missing or if they are stripped.

If so, you’ll simply buy the new part and replace it.

How To Troubleshoot & Repair A Failed Rotor Position Sensor

The rotor position sensor (RPS), or hall sensor, is an important part of your washer’s automated system.

It assists the control board with determining everything is working normally.

The hall sensor monitors the motor in your washer and makes sure it runs properly.

If this sensor fails it can cause the LE error code. Here’s how to replace it:

1. For this fix you will disconnect all power from the machine.

2. Pull it far enough forward so you can access the back panel.

3. Next, you’ll remove the screws on the back of the washer that hold the rear panel in place. Pull up on the panel to release it.

4. Remove the bolt that holds the rotor to the tub shaft.

You may need to hold the rotor while you loosen the bolt.

It also works well to have someone open the washer door and hold the tub inside so it doesn’t move.

Again, wearing gloves is a great idea as you may encounter some sharp edges.

5. Grasp the rotor and pull it off.

The rotor position sensor is located at the bottom of the stator.

6. You’ll need to unscrew a couple screws to allow you to unhook two connectors.

7. After the screws are removed you’ll need to remove all bolts holding the stator in place.

Just be sure to hold the stator as you remove the last bolt so it doesn’t fall off.

8. Once the stator is loose you’ll simply fold it down and you’ll clearly see the RPS.

9. Now remove the two wiring harnesses from the switches.

10. Remove the RPS from the stator and snap the new one in place. .

Reassemble your washer and the issue should be gone.

If this repair didn’t fix your issue you’ll need to check the motor and see if the sensor wires are damaged.

How to Troubleshoot & Repair Damaged Motor Or Sensor Wires

While you have the back off of your LG washing machine and you’re looking at the RPS and rotor, it’s a great idea to check for any damaged wires in this area.

The LE code can be caused by an issue such as this.

So, before you buy any replacement parts you may want to check the wires.

To do so you need to follow steps 1 through 6 to disassemble the washer.

1. Once you have the stator off and you can visibly see the wiring harnesses that connect to the motor and the rotor position sensor, check for wires that are burned or damaged in some way.

You’ll see wire colors red, yellow, and blue.

2. If you find any wires that have sustained damage it’s important to fix them.

To do so you can use heat shrink to reconnect the wires.

3. If they are too damaged to hold with this repair you will need to remove and replace the wires with new ones.

If you’ve tried all repairs we’ve suggested above and your LG washing machine is still displaying the LE error code you will more than likely need to contact LG’s support center or a local appliance repairman.

The issues we’ve discussed are the most common reasons the LE error code will display, however, from time to time there may be other issues.

Did your LG washer begin displaying this code?

Did you make any of our suggested repairs above and did it work for you?

Comment below and let us know what you encountered, or any other tips you can offer.

Reader Comments (28)

  1. I just fixed my LG direct drive front load washer with the same issues.. I pulled off the tape around the harness that leads to the stator and found a broken gray wire

  2. How can I find a contact to come and fix my LG washing machine I tried everything still getting the LE and some other error message PF, UE . Thank you


  3. So we got the LE code. Not a large load, no suds problem. Replaced the harness and hall tree; (the rotor magnets were fine.) Still getting no spin and the LE code. If I just do a “rinse and spin” it does the rinse, moves to “spin” on the panel, with the clock at 17min, tumbles around a little bit then jumps to “End” without doing the high speed spin, and gives no error. I ran the Load Test Mode and it did the High speed spin without any problems. What else can I try?
    (Thank you for your help, it’s very much appreciated! )

  4. LE error and took rotor off and found all teeth missing. Replaced rotor and still getting LE error. Is there a certain sensor that made need replaced?

  5. Hi…I had an LE error several months back. I changed the wiring harness and the Hall Tree. Eve turned out great. Worked fine. Today, while attempting to do a load, I received a PF error followed by an LE failure. I tested the wiring harness and all wires had continuity. Replaced the hall tree with a new one I had as a spare. The error won’t clear…any suggestions.

  6. So i put 2 pairs of jeans in the washer 5.2CU washer works fine
    3 pairs le code appears.
    4 towels is safe
    5 towels LE appears
    seeams like this washer can only do light loads.

    Thank you

  7. We’ve replaced the wire harness and sensor. I drained the pump and cleaned it I’ve even tried to reset the machine but when I do a test run with nothing in the washer, no water runs and I still get the LE error code. Any idea how to fix this?

  8. Hi during working washing machine this error hapen LE and not any noise or abnormal cause appear i check the wiring of startor found on the normal condition all resistance showing about 8 ohm and removed sensor but not have any idea for check the sensor . how can check and test the sensor please advice.

  9. Any idea if the ten-year warranty on the direct drive covers the LE error?

    This washer has been a nightmare. It also has a sticky relay on the control board.

  10. I have an LG front load washer model:WM3500CW and it doesn’t come with a hall sensor and the stator and motor look brand new. I’ve only had this washer for one year.

  11. Hello and thank you for this well-done how-to. I have a top loading LG washer. Does this info apply to top loading too?

  12. Thank you! You just saved me the cost of a new washer!

    I followed all your instructions and found nothing obviously wrong or worn out. Your disassembly instructions were tremendously helpful. I ordered a new hall effect sensor and wiring harness, installed them, bolted it all back together and it works like new again! Thank you very much for being so helpful!

  13. I have had a technician working on washer for 3 weeks. He has replaced the sensor on the tub. He has also replaced the control board. It is still giving me the LE code. He said wiring is fine. Any sugestions


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