Is the wash­ing machine let­ting water into the drum too slow­ly or not at all? Does the screen con­stant­ly glow “1E” or “IE”? Do not imme­di­ate­ly despair, because the prob­lem may not be so ter­ri­ble at all and you can fix it your­self. In the arti­cle, we will con­sid­er what caused the mal­func­tion and how to fix it.

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LG washing machine - error code IE or 1E

The wash­ing machine was filled with laun­dry, all the com­part­ments for the pow­der and the con­di­tion­er were filled up and refilled, but after start­ing the pro­gram, no water is drawn. The mes­sage “1E” or “IE” appears on the screen, which reports that for some rea­son it was not pos­si­ble to draw water in the allot­ted time. At the same time, the motor is ful­ly oper­a­tional and emits a char­ac­ter­is­tic buzz, but water does not enter the tank at all or only in a thin stream.

Error IE, 1E on LG wash­ing machines with­out a dis­play will be dis­played simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the warn­ing indi­ca­tors for pre­wash and main wash.

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In what cases can you fix it yourself

Error IE, 1E may not always be asso­ci­at­ed with a break­down of the equip­ment itself. Often this sig­nals a lack of strong pres­sure in the water sup­ply.

  • Shut­down of water util­i­ties. First of all, before look­ing for a prob­lem, you need to make sure that no plumb­ing or repair work is being done on the site at your address. Usu­al­ly, the pop­u­la­tion is warned about this in advance, or in the event of an acci­dent, the rel­e­vant work­ers of the hous­ing depart­ments or heads of house­holds report as far as pos­si­ble.


The lack of pres­sure or its insuf­fi­cien­cy is the main rea­son for the appear­ance of the “1E” or “IE” error.

  • Closed valve in front of the hose going to the machine. In addi­tion, you should check all the taps that are locat­ed on the way to sup­ply water to the machine. Some of them may be cov­ered. After open­ing them, the pres­sure that appears will elim­i­nate the error.
  • The valve in front of the hose of the machine is slight­ly open. Open­ing the valve not “to the stop” may give insuf­fi­cient pres­sure. There­fore, you should check how open this lock­ing mech­a­nism is and unscrew it to full speed.
  • Dam­aged or kinked water sup­ply hose. Bent or kinked hoses that sup­ply water from the water sup­ply to the wash­ing machine can also cause an error to appear on the dis­play. It is nec­es­sary to check their integri­ty and, if a defec­tive ele­ment is found, replace it.
  • The mesh is clogged-fil­ter. A con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed mesh is capa­ble of not let­ting water through in the right amount, so it should be checked if there is pres­sure in the water sup­ply and open taps, ser­vice­able sup­ply hoses. This part is cleaned with water dilut­ed in a liter with 1–2 tea­spoons of cit­ric acid or oth­er deter­gents.


Reboot­ing the machine, which is per­formed by turn­ing it off for a quar­ter of an hour from the pow­er sup­ply, often helps to elim­i­nate the “1E” or “IE” error.

Faults requiring repair

If all actions to elim­i­nate obsta­cles in the way of the water enter­ing the machine are elim­i­nat­ed, then the break­down con­cerns the equip­ment. In this case, you can­not fix it your­self and you will need the help of a spe­cial­ist. The table lists the main types of break­downs, the caus­es and signs by which they can be iden­ti­fied, as well as brief data on the required repairs.

signs The rea­sons What to do
Does not draw water / draws very slow­ly (gain­ing lit­tle in some cas­es). The fill­ing valve respon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing water to the machine has bro­ken. It does not open, does not respond to the sig­nals from the con­trol mod­ule, and water does not enter the machine.

In rare cas­es, the valve opens slight­ly and water is slow­ly poured in.

The intake valve needs to be replaced.
Water is not drawn and the IE error is on. The pres­sure switch (water lev­el sen­sor), which is respon­si­ble for con­trol­ling the amount of water in the tank of the machine, is faulty. Per­haps the pres­sure switch tube is clogged and needs to be purged. If this does not help, then the sen­sor needs to be replaced.
Does not fill water and code 1E is on Prob­lems with the con­trol board (elec­tron­ic con­troller) — a micro­cir­cuit that con­trols the oper­a­tion of the machine. Basi­cal­ly, the con­trol mod­ule can be repaired. It is nec­es­sary to sol­der the burned-out relays or tri­ac, which are respon­si­ble for the oper­a­tion of the water sup­ply valve, and sol­der the tracks.

In some cas­es it is nec­es­sary to replace the elec­tron­ic con­troller.


The main thing for a wash­ing machine is a sta­ble water pres­sure and mains volt­age. This will min­i­mize any break­downs and sig­nif­i­cant­ly extend its ser­vice life. To do this, you should get a spe­cial volt­age sta­bi­liz­er, since sta­ble elec­tric­i­ty indi­ca­tors will not dis­able the con­trol mod­ule or valve coil. If, nev­er­the­less, the error “1E” or “IE” appears on the dis­play, then this can only indi­cate insuf­fi­cient pres­sure due to var­i­ous rea­sons, or a break­down of the equip­ment that con­trols the flow of flu­id into the tank, or worn or kinked hoses.

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