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Our washer was running. It stopped and started flasing the letters LE. I do not know what they mean. Any thoughts?

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What brand/model #?

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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    gvince4 Nov 15, 2010

    I found out It's an LG.
    The LE error code stands for “Locked Motor Error.” In the LG washer, the LE error code is usually caused by the burned out hall effect sensor.



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