LG is one of the best-known brands for top-quality washing machines and is renowned for its quality and efficiency. However, LG washing machines can still malfunction or break down like any other appliance.
This article will look at the most common LG washing machine problems together with some solutions to how to fix the issues.
Common LG Washing Machine Problems in Canada
Washer Not Starting or Not Turning On
If your LG washing machine is not working, check if the cord is plugged in and undamaged. If you see any damage to the cord, it should be replaced to ensure your safety. If the cord is plugged in and in working condition, check the breaker panel and fuses to see if it has been tripped and reset or replace.
Another reason could be that the lid or door is not closed tight for safety reasons. Also, many washers refuse to turn on if the water is not on.
The surge protector under the top panel is another possibility. To check it, unplug the washer, remove the back of the top panel and check the surge protector and wiring. If necessary, replace them.
Finally, if your LG washing machine displays an error code, reference the manual and follow the instructions.
The washer is Not Draining or Spinning
There are a few reasons for your LG washing machine not draining or spinning. The most common reason is a clogged drain pump filter. This filter is usually located at the bottom of your washer. Carefully remove any debris or obstructions.
If the filter is clean and clear and the machine still will not drain, the drain hose or motor might be the cause. In these cases, we advise contacting a qualified technician for a complete diagnostic and repair.
Washer Making Strange Noises
Washers are noisy housemates on a good day, but if they start banging, thumping, grinding or clanging, the load is likely not balanced. The first step is to ensure the clothes are not bunched up in one spot and throw off the washer balance. If that doesn’t solve things, check if the levelling feet are working and that there’s nothing else in the drum that could make the noise.
If none of these solutions work, it could be that the drum bearings or seals are worn. To fix this, you will have to take apart the whole washer; if it is the motor, replacing the entire motor is generally easier than repairing it.
The Washer is Not Filling With Water
Check if the water feed valve is entirely open and the hose has no kinks. The next step is to check if the hose and intake filter screens are clogged. If they are, try to clean them, which will solve the problem.
If this still doesn’t fix the issue, test the intake valve with a multimeter and replace it if defective. The same goes for the membrane. Another potential culprit could be the water level switch. To check it, unplug the washer and remove the back of the top panel to test its continuity.
Washer Leaking Water
If your LG washing machine is leaking water, it’s something that you should immediately take care of. There are several possible causes for this. A common issue is that the door seal has cracked or come loose. If this is the case, replacing it should fix it.
The drain hose may also be damaged so that the water could leak as the machine drains. Replace it if necessary. Similarly, if the drain filter is clogged, water can overflow. This filter is usually located at the bottom of the machine so you can clean it and remove any dirt and debris.
If you cannot find the cause of the leak, give iCare Appliance Repair a call at (647) 370-2828 for a service call so we can identify the source of the leak and ensure a prompt repair to fix the problem.
Washer is Not Cleaning Clothes Properly
If your clothes don’t get cleaned properly in your LG washing machine, there could be a variety of reasons responsible for that. First, check the detergent dispenser to see if any clogs or other residue may have built up, preventing the detergent from entering the washer. If there are any obstructions, clean the dispenser thoroughly.
Another reason could be a faulty water inlet valve that may not allow enough water and can affect the cleaning performance. Replace the valve if necessary.
Sometimes, it could be as simple as a poorly balanced load preventing proper agitation and cleaning. Ensure that your clothes are evenly distributed.
If neither of these solutions solves the issue, call iCare Appliance Repair at (647) 370-2828 for a service call so we can identify the source of the leak and ensure a prompt repair to fix the problem.
The Washer doesn’t Rinse
An improper rinse can leave unsightly detergent residue on your clothes. A common cause for this is using too much detergent. This can create too many suds and will not be adequately rinsed.
Another reason could be the wrong detergent. If you have a high-efficiency (HE) washer, it’s critical to only use detergent with the HE logo on it. These detergents produce less suds to ensure efficient rinsing. Non-HE detergents can cause excessive suds and inadequate rinsing.
Engine Harness Damage
If your LG washing machine makes unusual noises during the spin cycle, the engine harness could be the culprit. This harness consists of several wires connecting the motor with the power supply, so if the wires break or deform, the proper operation of the washer can suffer.
If there is damage to the wires, it could lead to further damage, so we recommend repairing it as soon as possible.
Broken Tachometer Wire
The tachometer is responsible for controlling the drum speed and proper engine operation. If a wire in this position sensor malfunctions or breaks, it can lead to performance issues for your LG washing machine.
We advise repairing or replacing the wiring harness if any wires show signs of damage, such as breaks, burn marks or deformation. As this repair requires expertise with electrical components, we recommend assistance from a professional technician.
Fill Valve is Not Closing
If the electromagnetic inlet valve of your LG washing machine fails to close correctly, it can lead to water overflow, which can cause considerable damage to your washer.
The valve itself could be defective and remain open, or it might not close fully due to limescale buildup inside the valve or freezing water. In both cases, we recommend to replace the valve.
LG Washing Machine Maintenance Tips
Regular maintenance of your LG washing machine is crucial to prevent problems and ensure longevity. Neglecting maintenance can lead to many issues, including reduced cleaning efficiency, unpleasant odours, and even breakdowns.
By routinely cleaning the lint filter, inspecting hoses for leaks, and cleaning the drum, you can avoid accumulating dirt and debris, which could lead to poor performance and costly repairs. Another benefit of regular maintenance is that it extends the lifespan of your LG washing machine and contributes to energy efficiency, saving both money and the environment.
Our technicians at iCare Appliance Repair are factory-trained and licensed to service almost every major model and brand. We offer same-day and after-hours repair services that include evenings and late hours. Contact us today at (647) 370-2828 or complete our convenient online form to learn more about our washing machine repair services.
FAQs About LG Washing Machine Problems
This could be due to a power issue, a faulty power cord, a tripped circuit breaker, or a problem with the control board. Check the power source and connections first.
Loud noises during the spin cycle may indicate issues with the drum bearings, drive belt, or even foreign objects caught in the drum. It’s essential to inspect and address these problems promptly.
Leaks can result from damaged hoses, a loose water inlet valve, or a worn-out door seal. Identifying the source of the leak and addressing it promptly is essential to prevent further damage.
A clogged drain pump filter could cause this problem, a malfunctioning drain pump, or an issue with the lid switch or door lock. Checking these components can help resolve the issue.
Musty odours often result from mould and mildew buildup in the drum, detergent drawer, or rubber gasket. Regularly cleaning these areas and running a cleaning cycle with specialized washer cleaners can help eliminate odours.
LG washing machines often display error codes to indicate specific problems. Refer to your user manual or the manufacturer’s website to interpret these codes and troubleshoot accordingly.
Excessive shaking may be due to an unbalanced load, uneven flooring, or issues with the levelling legs. Ensuring a balanced load and levelling the machine can help reduce shaking.
It’s recommended to clean the lint filter after each laundry cycle to maintain optimal performance and prevent lint buildup.
A malfunctioning drive belt, motor, or control board can lead to this problem. Contacting a professional technician to diagnose and repair these issues is advisable.
Regular maintenance, such as cleaning the drum, lint filter, and detergent dispenser, avoiding overloading the machine, using the appropriate detergent, and following the manufacturer’s guidelines, can help prevent common problems and extend the lifespan of your LG washing machine.