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What is sensor magnet in LG 6.5 kg washing machine? Recently I got a dE error and when technicians attended, they said, there was problem to closing door lid. To resolve this, technician replaced sensor magnet (as shown to me .. it was rectangular tiny coated magnet which got broke due to rust that was attached to door lid) and charged me Rs. 375 saying sensor magnet. I am shocked and need to find whether it is really sensor magnet or technicians fooled me charging so high for a tiny magnet? Please reply....

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The machine has a small magnet on the front of the lid. There is a sensor (Hall Effect probably) in the electronics block that senses if the magnet is there (lid closed) or not there (lid open). They aren't that well attached and seem to fall off and wind up in the wash, which means they get lost when the washing is being hung out.
The machine will not start without the lid closed you get a dE error code which means the lid is not shut. You can trick it temporarily by putting a small round magnet inside the front housing if you don't have a proper replacement, as the real one needs to be quite strong. Not sure what they cost, my husband just did the 'trick' to our daughters machine, but a small button magnet wasn't strong enough to trip the sensor from the lid position, he had to stick it right next to the sensor.
Shouldn't be that dear, you can buy blocks of very powerful neodymium magnets in varying sizes for under ten dollars.

Posted on Nov 05, 2010

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  • roslen Nov 30, 2010

    A strong ref magnet (yes the one you use to "pin" bills on the ref door) did the trick for me. Saved me from LG tech fees. Thanks!

  • reymccallan Feb 09, 2011

    thanks for help it peer to be a common fault with lg washer machine thanhs again

  • basagh25 Feb 27, 2011

    Thank you Honeygem45, I fixed my machine using this method and it is working fine; this saved me a lot of money.

    thanks indeed.

  • Ameet Pyati
    Ameet Pyati Jul 01, 2012

    I was getting the dE error even when the magnet was in place. I had to open the front assembly and stick that magnet close to the detecter to get it working. thanks...

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    jtpathi Sep 09, 2012

    Realy superb

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    jtpathi Sep 09, 2012

    Thank you very much Honeygem45.

  • Maria Victoria Canillo-Reyes

    my MIL's are all get hysterical when the screen says DE, afaraid that the washing wasn't able to spin again,. they asked what was the LG hotline was.. but i started to search until i opened this one when i remember i found a small magnet inside the tub,. and look at the lid door and found where it should be placed,. after that i turn it on again and start .. then it spin again., our problem was solved., thanks for the helped .

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2015

    Hi, I have the same issue but I am not sure where exactly to place a magnet. Does it need to be placed on the door lid or the actual sensor within the machine. Can anyone please post an image ? Would be very grateful since the part is not available in my area.


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I just placed a powerful magnet on top of the lid close to where the sensor was and the machine started to work. During maintainable I think the technicians removed the magnet . This is a cheap solution.....Thankyou fix ya......

Posted on Sep 09, 2012

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    mohansarasiy Apr 03, 2013

    very good suggestion i have used small speaker Magnet.It is working,thanks


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