Diagnosing the Mysterious and Elusive “te” Error Code in LG Washing Machines

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on September 17, 2010

in Washer Repair

According to LG’s service information, the pernicious “te” error code is caused by a faulty thermistor. If you were just blithely to go buy a new thermistor and plug it in hoping to fix your washer, you may be disappointed. Sublime Master john63 honors us again in the Samurai School of Appliantology with his pearls of wisdom on this vexing error code:

THERMISTORS rarely fail in LG washers.

The most likey cause of the “te” error is:

1) Loose wiring at the control panel (directly behind the CYCLE SELECTOR KNOB)

2) Broken wire at the THERMISTOR (located at the bottom /front of the tub)

To access the wire plug connectors at the CONTROL PANEL—-remove the top cover of the washer.

Stand in front of the washer and look for the plug connectors behind the CONTROL PANEL. Pull apart the plugs and re-install.

Test the washer. If the “te” error still occurs—-it will be neccesary to remove the FRONT PANEL as well (two sets of special plier-type tools are needed).

Inspect the THERMISTOR closely—-with good lighting. If there’s a break in the wire it will be at or near the black sheathing / heat shrink material.

Though not as common—-a broken wire at this location is *usually* caused by excessive vibration during the spin cycle. This is also *usually* found on the older LG washers that are in *wood floor* laundry rooms.

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