We start­ed the LG wash­ing machine, it took in water, start­ed to rotate the drum and stopped, and the error code LE appeared on the dis­play. More­over, the drum does not spin on all the pro­grams: “Rinse, Wash, Spin”. What is the rea­son? Let’s try to fig­ure out what still caus­es the LE error and how to fix the break­down your­self, if pos­si­ble.

Error decoding

How the LE error is decoded

The LE error tells us that for some rea­son the motor has blocked. Usu­al­ly this error noti­fies that there are some prob­lems in the elec­tri­cal net­work (exter­nal or inter­nal), due to which the motor is blocked.

Do not con­fuse LE and 1E errors, they have com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent mean­ings.

What is the difference between LE and 1E

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In what cases can you fix it yourself

  • The door is not tight­ly closed. An unlocked door does not com­plete the cir­cuit, which tells the equip­ment that the pro­gram can­not start. Try to re-open and firm­ly press the hatch until a char­ac­ter­is­tic click;
  • UBL con­tacts have gone. To check the health of this ele­ment, it is nec­es­sary to remove the top cov­er from the wash­ing machine, check the wires and con­tacts. If they just moved away, then you can inde­pen­dent­ly con­nect back. How­ev­er, if the wire is bro­ken or frayed, it is bet­ter to con­tact the mas­ter;
  • Fail­ure in the con­trol unit. Some­times it hap­pens due to pow­er surges or oth­er rea­sons, which indi­cates prob­a­ble over­loads of equip­ment. For debug­ging, it is nec­es­sary to dis­con­nect the wash­ing machine from the pow­er sup­ply for about a quar­ter of an hour. Dur­ing this time, the elec­tron­ic con­troller must resume its func­tions;
  • Machine over­load. Most often occurs when using the “Silk”, “Wool”, “Hand wash” modes. The LE error appears dur­ing the spin peri­od, when the appli­ance is unable to cope with the weight of the laun­dry, more than the allow­able norm. You can resume work by stop­ping the pro­gram, remov­ing part of the laun­dry in a sep­a­rate con­tain­er, restart­ing from the spin oper­a­tion. The remain­ing things should be placed for the same oper­a­tion in the sec­ond run;
  • Block­ing the drum with for­eign objects. Dur­ing the wash­ing process, a but­ton, a bone from a bra, anoth­er small hard part can come off things, keys, a key chain and sim­i­lar small items that have not been removed from pock­ets in advance can fall out. They can get between the drum and the hous­ing close to it and mechan­i­cal­ly block the drum. Turn off the machine and try to turn the drum in dif­fer­ent direc­tions by hand. If the drum does not rotate, then it is nec­es­sary to dis­as­sem­ble the tank and remove the block­ing object.
  • Unsta­ble volt­age of the elec­tri­cal net­work. For the cor­rect oper­a­tion of the equip­ment, a sta­ble volt­age is required, there­fore, if it decreas­es for a short time, the machine may respond with an LE error. A volt­age sta­bi­liz­er will help fix the prob­lem.


Accom­pa­ny­ing a PF error with an LE code indi­cates a pow­er out­age. Even when fix­ing errors by reboot­ing the machine, it is bet­ter to take care of pur­chas­ing a sta­bi­liz­er.

Faults requiring repair

There are some types of break­downs that will be tech­ni­cal­ly dif­fi­cult to fix with the help of inge­nu­ity and impro­vised means, and it is bet­ter to entrust this work to the mas­ter. The table shows the mal­func­tions that could cause the LE error to appear on the dis­play of the LG wash­ing machine.

Break­ing signs The rea­sons What to do

Mechanical damage to the handle or lock

It is impos­si­ble to close the door of the device, an unusu­al shaky move­ment of the hatch han­dle is felt in the hand. Bro­ken plas­tic or met­al parts. The pres­ence of mechan­i­cal dam­age in the lock or han­dle, con­tact is bro­ken in the UBL cir­cuit. Replace dam­aged parts of the lock sys­tem, han­dle or wires of the con­trol unit.

Damaged UBL wiring

The door does not lock despite no vis­i­ble dam­age. In the wiring, most like­ly there was a break in the con­tact by rub­bing the wires, dis­con­nect­ing the con­tacts in the UBL block. Check the wires going to the UBL device using a mul­ti­tester. If the wires are worn out, the cable needs to be replaced.

Broke UBL

The sun­roof clos­es but does not lock. UBL broke. Replace the UBL with a good one.

Faulty tachogenerator (speed sensor)

There is no rota­tion of the drum, which is accom­pa­nied by a strong rum­ble of equip­ment. The tacho­gen­er­a­tor, which con­trols the speed of rota­tion of the motor in the wash­ing machine, is out of order. Most like­ly one of the Hall sen­sors in it has bro­ken. Check the ser­vice­abil­i­ty of the tacho­gen­er­a­tor, the resis­tors and Hall sen­sors includ­ed in it. Replace bro­ken parts.

Burnt motor winding

The wash­ing machine does not start at all, the drum does not spin. One of the motor wind­ings burned out. Depend­ing on the nature of the fault, it may be nec­es­sary to replace the entire motor or just the sta­tor if only one wind­ing is dam­aged.

Faulty control unit

The wash­ing process stops at any stage, regard­less of the type of the cur­rent pro­gram. There is a defect in the elec­tron­ic con­troller (con­trol mod­ule). Remove the con­trol mod­ule and check the degree of its mal­func­tion. If pos­si­ble, this part is repaired if the resis­tors are burned out, oth­er indi­vid­ual ele­ments, con­tacts and tracks require sol­der­ing.

In the event of severe melt­ing or proces­sor fail­ure, a com­plete replace­ment of the unit is required.


The LE error is typ­i­cal for LG direct dri­ve wash­ing machines. Most often, it appears on the dis­play simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the freez­ing of the pro­gram. At the same time, when the wash­er is turned off, the drum scrolls freely by hand. But dur­ing oper­a­tion, rum­bling sounds are made, strong vibra­tion is felt, the drum does not work at full speed, or it stops mov­ing alto­geth­er. If you doubt your skills, it is bet­ter to entrust the work to the mas­ter so as not to aggra­vate the prob­lem.

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