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LG +3 turbodrum wf t851 bE error code

Hi, our washing machine shows bE code and stops working. I got it to work by applying some weight to the lid, but it stops between cycles. Now I've tried to restart it from the start of  a new load, but the code comes up straight away and nothing happens but the alarm. I think it may be a sensor problem or a balance issue. The motor and belt spin freely.
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  • marctu Jan 04, 2009

    I have referred back to the manual and it states that error bE indicates a "ball sensor" fault, no repairer I have spoken to knows what a ball sensor is. So I called the LG spare parts supplier and asked for a ball sensor and they had on in stock, it is inexpensive so I ordered it. Once it is installed I'll be able to determine if that fixes the problem, I'll keep you posted.

  • marctu Jan 06, 2009


    Ok, the 'ball sensor' has arrived from the supplier. On the washing machine, it is located within the dash/control console casing. I took the two screws on either side of the back of the washing machine, lifted the casing from the back, unclipped it from the front and found the ball sensor on the left hand side of the machine. I unscrewed the ball sensor, unplugged it and replaced it with the new one. The ball sensor only cost $16 and hey presto... it's fixed! It was worth the punt considering the repairers I spoke had never even heard of a ball sensor. Thanks all.


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I have the same problem. I do not think this has a micro switch to activate the wash cycle or spin. I have looked carefully.

I have a gut feeling that this works on a sensor similar to that of a sonic car alarm. It may have gone out of sync and needs to be retuned.

I have tried to find the software but it is not commercially available.

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A ball sensor is commonly called a pressure switch, there is a clear or dark rubber tube that controls the amount of water the machine loads, and on other machines it engages the door lock too.

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