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Getting error code#06 Lr Locked Rotor

I just found the troubleshooting guide for my washer.My washer would start, begin to wash ok then after spin cycle I received error message Lr
Locked Rotor.If I hit start it would start up again then set Lr code.
The washer just began to leak water from underneath also after about 10 Minutes of use, slight puddle.

It says to check the MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM. It could be either the motor or the motor control board. I did not preform the entire test yet.

I`am thinking it may be the motor control board, Can anyone possibly help me out?

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  • matt1966 Feb 25, 2008

    my washer wont spin ,drum wont turn at all and code says Lr what do i do .

  • pryby Feb 27, 2008

    The Model # is MAH5500BWW and the washer is about 5 years old.

    I `am trying to find out about motor warranty too.

    Thanks- pryby

  • Anonymous Feb 29, 2008

    My washer did not spin all the water out of the clothing and I get a code Lr. What do I do?

  • gce002 Jun 29, 2008

    Having the same problem as of yesterday--Lr on display after washer trys to cycle load of wash--sounds like drum is not spinning. Washer is 6 yrs old in May

    Sent in class action info at the time but never heard from them-

  • NeedCleaning Aug 30, 2008

    I have the Lr code as well. I found the service guide under the top display panel and followed the steps in its troubleshooting guide. I check the 10 amp fuse and the motor windings. Everything looked fine. Does this mean it is the motor control board itself? Is there a test for it?

  • craig carter May 11, 2010

    yes your right i have found that but also depends on model you have

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Won't start. Flashing green light. Will not display error after diagnostic test - only the time of spin cycle. Door lock module or Motor Control Board?


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I too had the Lr problem on my Maytag MAH5500B. We had it fixed once when it was still under warranty but when it appeared again this summer, I was told that it would cost at least $500 to repair -- in other words, get a new one.

With nothing to lose, I simply unplugged the unit, opened the front and reset (as in pull out and re-insert) the jumpers to the control unit on the bottom right. It's been working fine since and I run it at least twice a week. I noticed that the Lr error would appear when I interrupt the wash cycle once it begins. When the error message appears, I simply unplug it, wait a few minutes and start it up again.

It is after all, a computer...and all computer could use a reset once in a while.

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I would check you warr in you user man, sometimes they warr the motor on that unit for 10 yrs(certain models) and if its that old a neptune repair kit is in order which includes both motor controller and motor assy

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Error codeLr?

The LR code means "locked rotor" which is just a way of saying the control is not seeing the motor turning.

The image below contains the wiring diagram for this washer as you requested but there are some other things to consider.

Usually when the LR code is displayed the motor has stopped turning for some reason. By definition the LR code means the control has tried to turn the motor but was unable to.

The error code can be caused by to large of load, to much soap/suds in the water or a problem with the spin bearing. The cause of the LR message can be little problem like suds or a major problem like the spin bearing and sometimes it's difficult to pin down. You don't mention in your question if the LR code occurs every load or once a week.

More information on when the error is occurring would be helpful resolving this problem. Try running a rinse and spin cycle empty and see if the washer completes the cycle.

The 2nd image contains the information on how to enter and run a diagnostic cycle which may help pin the source of the problem down. This test completes all functions of the washer is a short time. It will fill, tumble, drain and spin all is a few minutes. At the end of a successful test cycle a PA should display which means "Passed" and is what you want to see.

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Error LR what does that mean

LR = Locked Rotor

Could be a Control Board Issue. Will the machine let you do a Spin Only cycle?

This could be a difficult problem to troubleshoot with out a known Control Board or Motor Control board........D*ick

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Lr code went into service mode but wont respond to commands model #fav6800aww


The LR error code can be a tough one to troubleshoot but I'll see what if any help I can be.

The LR code stands for Locked Rotor.
If you Power Cycle the 120VAC to the machine will the error code clear?
What cycle was the machine in when you took the error code wash, spin?
If you remove the front panel and with the 120VAC power cord removed from the service outlet can you rotate the Clutch Pulley CCW (Spin direction) or CW (wash/agitate) direction.
Sounds like you have the FAV6800A/FAV9800A Service Manual.
Let’s see if the drive system is free and not locked up…………Rich

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With a empty wash basket no wash load in the basket and you start a Spin Only cycle will the Spin Only cycle complete?

If the washer will start the cycle do you hear and loud Spin Only cycle noise such as metal against metal grinding noise?

With the washer off and no clothes in the wash basket can you open the lid then Spin the wash basket as fast as you can in the CCW direction the only direction. The wash basket should spin CCW several rotations and coast down to a smooth stop dose it?

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I have seen this issue caused by a failed motor. I have seen a bad Control Board cause this issue and a bad Motor Controller cause this issue.

If the Lr error code happened in the Spin Cycle of the wash cycle it could be caused by seized Outer Tub bearings.

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Maytag neptune tl makes grinding sound and stops at 33 minutes in normal mode and at 24 minutes in quick wash mode

Hello djlampl,

With the lowest spin cycle setting I enter spin cycle in Quick Wash around the 21 minute mark. But first question is do you hear the grinding noise with the tumblers rotating during the wash/agitate cycle?

If you start a spin only cycle do you hear the grinding noise?

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Getting error code#06 Lr Locked Rotor

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