Fix for Error Code “LE” on LG Front Load Washing Machine

I just had an interesting experience with our LG washing machine today. I found some hints for the solution online buried in some user forums, but I thought posting my particular solution here in a less cluttered blog might make it easier to find.

I had just run a load of laundry, emptied the machine, and reloaded. I put the detergent in and started the machine. After sitting for about 2 minutes with no activity, a "LE" error message appeared.

While the online forums indicated this might be a problem with a sensor, I was able to solve the problem by doing the following:

1. Press the Power button
2. Manually rotate the hopper 4 times clockwise and 4 times counter-clockwise.
3. Press the power button and run the machine normally.

Don't know if this will work for everyone, but it worked for me. If I keep getting the error message, I'll have to call LG and find out about this sensor I was reading about.

  • Kelli


  • gr8ful1

    I cannot thank you enough for posting this!!! I am doing laundry the day before my holiday flight home and the LE message appeared on my last load! I turned the hopper, and now it’s working! Bless you!!!

  • guest man

    This Worked Great – Thanks —

    1. Press the Power button
    2. Manually rotate the drum 4 times clockwise and 4 times counter-clockwise.
    3. Press the power button and run the machine normally.

  • Sherry

    Whoo-Hoo! You sir are an absolute genius! Thank you.

  • Amy R

    Thank you for the tip! My 5 year old son had been spinning the drum and some lights came on. I paid no attention cause that had happened a couple times before over the years. Started the next load, water but no tumbling. Tried again, same thing. Looked this up. Tried solution with clothes still in washer, nothing, just more water. Tried without clothes, nothing but, gulp, more water. Soaked up excess water with a towel. This time I spun it around till those lights came on, like when my son had done it. This time it worked. Paused it, put in half the load and it still worked. SO relieved! Sincerely, thank you!

  • Fitnik91

    Fixed it! Don’t know if it was spinning the hopper (the 2nd time) or cleaning out the filter (it contained a penny), but it was a direct result of this thread. Thank you!!!

  • Bill

    Tried the above with no luck three times. So suggested unplugging and replugging and try, and it worked

  • aekta


    • weston777

      it’s a little green thing that hops and goes ribbit ribbit !

  • me

    worked for my lg. i accidently moved the drum while gathering change and musta tripped out the sensor. this process reset the sensor. I unplugged. turned drum clockwise 4 times, counterclockwise 4 times. plugged back in. works perfect again.

  • Gus

    I tried a few variations and had success with the following:

    Remove clothes from washer. Unplug from wall. Wait 30 minutes. Rotate four times clockwise, then four times counter clock wise. Plug in and turn on.

    I immediately started a cycle with no clothes to see if the hopper would start to turn and it did.

  • hardlynormal

    02/08/2014 Tried the Off/ Clockwise 4 turns, Reverse 4 turns several times with NO luck, then I unplug the machine, waited 2 minutes, pluged in, and tried the 4/4 turn… worked like a charm, thanks for the good advise…

  • maxdaniels

    Yep, just worked for me too, Feb 2014. THANK YOU. Did not need further appliance anguish, as boiler died the day before πŸ™‚

  • George

    This happened to my son last night when he tried to wash a load of clothes. I found this site this morning and repeated the steps several times and then suddenly all was well with the world once again. Three flawless loads of laundry later and I’m still lauding this lovable Russ Alman dude.

  • Mo

    It just worked for me- after unplugging and replugging didn’t work nor did rocking it back and forth. So thanks for the info

  • Sunny

    This worked for me. The hopper is the dial on the switch board. Four times counterclockwise mean all the way to the right. Also unplug it 4 10 sec before doing this.

  • DiDi

    OMG! Thank you so much!! it worked!!!!

  • Thankfu-LE.

    Thanks much for the thread. We have a TROMM and thought it was a goner. Then read and realized I had actually thought, “Oops, a bit more detergent than usual. Oh, well,” when I loaded the machine. Followed the shutdown and drain method, with 30 minutes unplugged. Running as usual!

  • Guest

    Don’t usually participate in discussions. However, I was just doing laundry and the washer stopped and the LE error code appeared, looking for a fix….it works…thanks Russ

  • Johnny

    Used this 10X already and have it bookmarked! Thanks so much!

    • dfyg

      Tried all the above short of ordering supplies I didn’t know if I needed or not. Finally just rocked it front to back while it was in its” pre-LE error light mode” and the agitator started working and so far all is well. Couldn’t even get it to accept the speed wash setting. Good luck to all, as luck seems to be the correct application…..Ron

  • Brandon

    That was great advice Russ! I utilized this method for my “LE” code and it fixed the problem. I hope more people find this and at least try the free method. Thank you kind sir!

  • weston777

    my washer runs for a while drum rotates back and forth but when it goes to spin cycle I get the dreaded LE error code. your fix didn’t work on this one.

  • CG

    Well hello there !! This LE happen to me while using bf washer , I was able to fix while he was mowing the lawn ! So whew!
    Thanks !

  • Doreen

    How do you move the hopper on a front loader

  • Kat

    Well… I cleaned out the filter… still showed LE…read your blog and saw the rotate the drum 4 times clockwise and the 4 times the other way,,, turned on and then it started flashing again… kept reading the different responses… saw a couple of people say unplug… so I rotated and unplugged for about 10 minutes… turned on and it is music to my ears!!! THANKS EVERYONE for ALL the advice!!!!

  • Sammy shepherd

    This just happen to me. I believe it stand for load error or level error. I put a small load in and put it on cotton/ towels and it did it. I did what you said and it seems to be working but I put more in to wash with it just in case. Thank you.

  • Jack

    Guest, LG Thomm ft. load washer. Where is the filter???? Thank you

  • Erin

    Thank you so much!!!!!! Fixed the LE code right away!!!!

  • Holly

    Genius!! Thank you so much. You are a life saver.

  • Steven Johnson

    This worked foe me too :)) I drained it, cleaned the filter, and rotated the Drum as you instructed. Thanks!!!

  • george

    just got this error code for the first time an did a search and found this thread. the remedy worked. I turned the washer off, rotated four times each way and turned it back on and viola, it worked!

  • Cathy

    Thank you for sharing! After getting no repair companies to respond to my call I found this and it worked for me as well!!

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  • Alain

    Thanks Russ,

    I did the power-turn 4 time each side and it did work, below someone mention to empty the water left in the drum and do it again with restart it on QUICK RINSE and all started well again πŸ™‚

    Thanks to you both!

    Alain / Montreal, Canada

  • Jason Whitson

    Thank you for this post. I just ran across this error on my LG TROMM front loader this morning, and, after trying the original steps posted, did not have any luck.

    I am now running through a Speed (Quick) Wash, and it seems to be going through that without error — yet. Here’s to hoping!

    • Jason Whitson

      …. and we appear to have SUCCESS!

  • angel

    This was AWESOME! I was about three seconds awayfrom a catasphofic freak out when I found this. I took a deep breath, unplugged the washer, cleaned it out really good, held down the power button until all power was dispersed, spun the drum 5 times one way and five times the other way. The whole washer booted up on it’s own! It was a miracle, the heavens were singing
    and all of that. Thank you so much for this thread.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much for posting this! Worked for me too, thank goodness.

    1. Press the Power button
    2. Manually rotate the drum 4 times clockwise and 4 times counter-clockwise.
    3. Unplug for 10 minutes (didn’t work after just rotating)
    4. Press the power button and run the machine normally.

  • Gary Collum

    Group, easy fix….. Check the center bolt under washer. Comes loose evry 3-5 months and throws the code. Have wifey hold washer back on side, tighten bolt. Problem fixed…for awhile!

  • Jenna J

    This fixed actually worked. I had tried unplugging, running no spin loads and spinning clock wise, none of which worked. I spun it counter clockwise after I read this and it went right to work πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • Randall

    This worked twice for me.Once about 4 years ago, and again today.The only thing I would add, which I found elsewhere on the internet, is its easier to spin the hopper if you remove the wet clothes, and it didn’t work for me unless I unplugged the unit from the wall. Spun it 4 times one way, then 4 times the other. It then made a noise like it reset itself, and I plugged it in and ran my laundry without incident.

  • I have heard this time of problem first time, well thanks for sharing, after all we can learn something new from this.

  • Sara

    Thank you Russ! Worked like a charm.

  • George

    I am getting a CK code the inside light stays on and all the lights on the dial has anyone had this problem

  • George

    sorry the code is cL not ck

  • Dan

    Happened to me as well. My fix is to do a reset by tripping off the circuit breaker in our electrical panel wait a minute and turn back on. Worked for me.

  • Walsh Mom

    you are my hero!!! This fixed worked and saved me tons of stress!!!

  • Geri

    I have a COMPACT LG Front Load Washing Machine with the LE Error & when you take off the Panel in the back, it is Slightly Different. How do you pull out, I guess, the Drum when you take off the Big Bolt? I can SEE the Part that needs Replaced but cannot seem to PULL the Drum out to Get To It. Please Advise??

    • Lisa Arnett

      You just have to yank really hard once the bolts are out. It is a big heavy magnet.

  • Silver Ryu

    I have a LG Drive Direct WM2301HW

    Will start normally, load sense, but not draw any water, after several minutes I get an error code. Any one else have this problem or can tell me what the issue is. I was working fine up until then.

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    Timely comments , I was fascinated by the analysis . Does anyone know where I could obtain a template SSA HA-520-U5 version to work with ?