LG Washing Machine Error Code dE – How To Clear?

What does dE code mean on LG washing machine? Is your LG top load washer getting the dE error code? The dE error code on an LG washer is indicating the washer door was not able to properly lock the door. This signifies 3 different issues that may be causing the dE error code.

LG Washing Machine Error Code dE - How To ClearLG Washing Machine Error Code dE
How To Clear? – What To Check? – How To Fix/Repair?

dE Fault Code on LG washerLG Washer dE Error/Fault Code.
The dE code will look like this on the Washer’s Display Panel.

The LG Washer dE error code indicates the washer cannot lock the washer door.

Here are 3 reasons why the washer door was unable to lock:
The door is not aligned properly.
The washer door was not closed properly.
The washer’s door latch may be faulty.

Here is what to check and clear the dE error code:
1 – Press the POWER button to turn washer OFF.
2 – Remove the washer from power.
3 – Press and hold the START/PAUSE button for 5 to 10 seconds.
4 – Apply power to the washer.
5 – Turn the unit back on by pressing the POWER button.
6 – Open and Close the washer door, making sure the door has latched.
7 – Select a wash cycle and press START/PAUSE to test the washer.

To be sure the dE error code does not come back:
DO NOT put weight on the washer door when open.
Pushing on the door when OPEN can BEND the door hinge therefore not letting it shut or close properly.
The washer drum should not be packed with clothing which could cause the door out of alignment.
Put clothing far into the washer drum so no parts of the clothing are trapped between the door and outside the door.

Make sure the door is aligned properly and not bent. If the hinges on the washer door have been bent, you can try bending it back into position. If unable, you will need to install a new washer door hinge.

If the door is shut properly and you continue to get the dE error code, you need to see if the wiring harness that go from the door latch to the control board are secure and not damaged. You may need to remove the door latch and check for damage and use a meter to be sure it is receiving power. If you suspect the LG washer door latch to be faulty, replace it.

LG washing machine door lock switch lock assembly parts

LG washing machine door lock switch lock assembly parts

Have questions about LG washer getting the dE error code? Please leave a comment below and we can assist in troubleshooting.

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1 Cathleen C Adams February 9, 2019 at 11:09 pm

We keep getting the DE error code when we start a load. We followed the instructions and nothing helped.

Is the washing machine supposed to make 2 clicking sounds?


2 Shannon H January 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

Hello, just got the dE error and have tried it all and it just keeps clicking and stops.
All hinges look completely aligned and the lock is getting power since it is clicking twice before giving me the code again.
Any suggestions before buying a lock for no reason?


3 Kim May 1, 2018 at 2:05 am

I have an LG wm227hw. I keep getting the de error, but not at the beginning of the cycle. It keeps stopping mid-cycle. Sometimes I can get it to go all the way thru the cycle, but not very often. The door seems to be latching just fine. I have not opened it up to check the wiring harness. If it’s a problem with that what part do I need and how can I tell. Someone also suggested that it may be the control panel that needs to be replaced. I’d love to get this part ordered and get it fixed. it’s driving me crazy.

Thank you for your help!


4 Richard Wylde November 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Ok, I have a LG front load washer. Model #wm2277hw. The tub bearing needed replaced (it was making an aweful racket while spinning) so I replaced them. After getting it back together, I now get the error code “de”. I have checked the door alignment and seal and it all looks good. I replaced the door lock mechanism as well. I am still getting the error. I never even touched the door lock other than to umplug it so I could get the front panel off to replace the bearings. What could be the problem?


5 Marcello June 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm


My LG Front Load WM2250CW is getting the DE error frequently, but not always. Sometimes, by “playing” with the door I’m able to make it work again…, but sometimes it stops again at the middle of the cycle.

Would this be a problem in the door lock system, or should it be more a door alignment issue?

Thanks in advance!


6 Ofure May 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Lg top load washing machine keeps showing DE after it has finished setting water level.


7 DIY Project Help Tips May 29, 2017 at 12:39 am

Have you read and tried all methods above on the LG WASHER DE ERROR CODE page?


8 Dwight maxwell May 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

The information I got was very helpful


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