I used a Samsung washer that would go through the wash cycle and fill the water before the spin cycle until the tube was half full. The washer would then stop with a Samsung washer error code LE. After scouring the web, I noticed that there could be a whole list of problems, including replacing the PCB, damaged hose filters, and e.t.c.
I didn’t get my Samsung washer up and running with all that. After taking the entire washer apart, I did realize that the problem could be due to excessive detergent. I decided to use the right amount of HE detergents, and the machine came back to life.
However, if your problem is not associated with excess detergents, I can help you diagnose further to clear the error code LE. Before we run the diagnostic tests, it’s important to understand what exactly the error means and its root cause.
What Does LE Mean on Samsung Washer?
The error code LE means sudden leak or faulty water level. If you use too much softener, detergent, or non-He detergent, error code LE will be triggered, and the washer will shut down. There’s also a possibility that you are using the right amount of softener or detergent, but you are still getting the error. That means you have soap residue, and you’ll need to inspect your hoses, filters, and water level sensors.
Samsung washers have a water level sensor that prevents the overflowing of water. If the water detects overfilling, the sensor stops the washer from entering the drum and stops any damage to your laundry.
The LE error code could also mean the washer has tried to fill the drum but has not reached the desired level. A situation like this can trigger the error. Keep in mind that the water supply must have a minimum of 20 psi to at least fill the drum.
Some washers have aqua-stop features like sensors that monitor the tank and the water level. For instance, if the process of collecting and raining water is faulty, the pallet overflows to raise the sensor’s awareness. It will then interfere with the normal operations of the washer and trigger error code LE.
The solution to clearing the LE error code is finding where there’s a potential leak. Suppose it can be the hose, filter, compressor, etc. However, this is a minor issue that you can fix. If you are not familiar with the parts, you can call a service technician to assist you. But go through our explanation first. Here are other error codes associated with washing machines.
How Do You Fix Error Code LE on a Samsung Washer
Before you dive into the solution, reset the Samsung washer. Here are the two things that you need to do:
- Unplug the Samsung washer from the socket (main power supply)
- Wait for 10 minutes
- Plug your washer back in
If this were a minor issue, you wouldn’t see the error code LE. Chances could be there was a failure in the control board unit. However, if the error persists, we may need to find the root cause of the problem and fix it.
I know the question about detergents stirs a lot of debate. I have observed that powdered soap detergent destroys a washer because of the undissolved residue that usually coats the internal parts.
A Samsung washer with an internal coating of powdered detergent residues is likely to experience mechanical failure. What’s worse, it’s even more expensive to fix than replace. That said, make sure you are using only liquid detergent.
Don’t use too much liquid detergent. If you use excess liquid detergent, the Xtra soap can trigger a leak when it mixes water and causes sud. Even worse is the slight film coating on the washer’s part.
The film coating on the parts can cause mold and odor problems. Therefore use the recommended 1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid HE detergent to reduce the mold and odor. Excess foam can cause LE errors on your Samsung washer.
If you overstuff the Samsung washer, it will start to leak. To avoid this, run the washer with no bedding, no clothes, and no detergents. If the machine leaks, it means you have been overloading.
Water Supply and Drain Hose
A Samsung washer has three hoses: hot, cold, and drain. If there’s a leak, check the hoses and replace them. If the leaks are coming from the washer, check the connections. Keeping the drain hose secure and tight will prevent leaks during the spinning. If the leaks happen at the back of the machine, you’ll need to replace the water supply hose.
Water Supply Valve
The purpose of the valves is to collect water from the plumbing, and if damaged, you’ll see the leaks. Sometimes the leaks happen because the water supply valves are not sacred. Check them to see if there are any loose or worn-out valves. If you find any potential damage to the valves that cause leaks, you may need to replace them.
Defective pressure switch
The pressure switch turns off the water supply when the desired water level is reached or high, therefore preventing the machine from overflowing. If the water level reaches the desired height, air enters the pipe, causing a change in position and shutting off.
A faulty pressure switch can make the tub overflow, triggering the LE error code. Before replacing the switch, ensure that the air pipe has no splits or tears. Second, find out if the pressure switch is defective and replaces it with a new one
In the three years that I have used the Samsung washer in my laundry business, I’ve had to do 13 repairs and 15 service calls. Samsung has a reputation for making good smartphones and television sets. Appeals for intervention by senior management at Samsung USA were met with silence. I hope that should you buy a Samsung washer, you shouldn’t go through a similar experience.
However, they fail terribly in making washers and dryers that stand the test of time. We threw away hundreds of $$$ in getting the washer. But be warned, this is just our experience with Samsung front loaders.