How to Reset an LG Dishwasher (Full Guide)

Having a quality dishwasher in your home is an absolute must, although, with so many different brands to choose from it can be next to impossible to know which to choose. While each brand of dishwasher presents its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages, there is one brand that stands above the rest in terms of power, performance, and ingenuity; LG.

LG dishwashers feature state-of-the-art technology with convenient features, and cleaning mechanisms. From their LG SmartThinQ app, which allows you to control wash cycles, and adjust certain parameters, down to their QuadWash multi-motion arms, and distinct TrueSteam feature. There’s certainly a lot to like about LG dishwashers.

However, with their being so much innovative technology embedded into LG appliances, one very important step is knowing how to reset the dishwasher if any issues arise. In the following guide we will look over everything you need to know about how to reset an LG dishwasher.

Is there a Reset Button on an LG Dishwasher?

It’s no secret that having a reset button is an extremely handy feature, allowing homeowners the option for a quick-fix and convenient solution to the problem at hand. Without needing to follow a set of instructions or troubleshooting the issue to find the root of the problem. However, with LG dishwashers there is no dedicated reset button located on the control panel.

Luckily, there is a quick three-step process to resetting your LG dishwasher though, laid out in detail below.

How to Reset a LG Dishwasher (Step-by-step)

1. Turn the LG dishwasher off

First, you will need to completely cut off power from the dishwasher, which can be done by pressing the power button, and then turning off the circuit breaker or disconnecting the power cord. Ensuring that the power supply has been removed and that all of the excess water has been drained.

2. Wait for 10-15 seconds

Once the device has been turned off, you will need to wait approximately 10-15 seconds to allow the dishwasher to completely forget all of the previous settings stored in its memory.

3. Flip the LG dishwasher back on

After waiting for 10-15 seconds with the power off, you can then flip the circuit breaker to the dishwasher back on, and hit the power button on the LG dishwasher to start a fresh cycle.

Can You Do a Full Factory Reset on a LG Dishwasher?

After first trying to troubleshoot the issue, people tend to look for a factory reset option to fix (or completely remove) the problem at hand. This will revert the appliance back to its original factory state, effectively wiping the unit clean of any stored data or system settings. Although, with LG dishwashers, there is no factory reset button, so, you will need to stick to a manual reset method (like the one mentioned above) to accomplish a full reset of an LG dishwasher.

Can I Reset the LG Dishwasher During a Cycle?

While perhaps not ideal, there will surely be times when your dishwasher stops functioning right smack dab in the middle of a cycle. Luckily, if this does happen, then you can reset an LG dishwasher during a cycle by following the same method as before.

However, you will need to turn off the dishwasher first and wait closer to 2-3 minutes before continuing with the reset process. This will ensure that all of the remaining water pumps out of of the dishwasher. Once all the water has been removed, you can then safely turn the unit back on and start a fresh cycle with the dishes still in place.

Why is My LG Dishwasher Reset Not Working?

While the aforementioned methods have proven to be mostly effective, there is still a chance that your LG dishwasher will not function normally even after you reset it. With that being said, at this point you will need to take a closer look at exactly what the error type is with your appliance, and attempt to troubleshoot the problem by addressing the most common error codes.LG LDT7808SS 42dB Stainless Top Control Dishwasher

LG Dishwasher Trouble Shooting

How Can I Run a Diagnostic on my LG Dishwasher?


LG dishwasher’s feature premium and innovate SmartThinQ technology, not the least of which includes their specialized Smart Diagnosis. Which allows the built-in AI technology in LG products to accurately diagnose errors or other malfunctions by listening to the dishwasher from the service call center. Simply call LG Customer Service at 1-800-243-0000, and follow the steps to allow the necessary data to be transferred. This will help LG find the root of the problem and run a diagnostic to potentially fix the issue at hand.

What to Do if Your LG Dishwasher is Leaking?

If you find that your LG dishwasher is leaking, you will need to first check that the appliance has been accurately leveled. There is a good chance that a water leak could occur if the door is not closed properly because the dishwasher is uneven or tilted. This can be fixed by adjusting the feet, and door to ensure that everything is even and working smoothly. Past that, check the hose, as well as the inlet and outlet for possible leaks. If this still doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to call a repair service.

LG Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Not Opening?

If you notice that the dispenser tray is not opening, then you will need to attempt to wiggle it out so that the drawer can then be removed. Once you have opened the dispenser drawer even slightly, you might be able to remove the detergent by carefully reaching your hand inside to push the tray back into its proper position. If you are completely unable to open the soap dispenser, don’t try and break the drawer free, but rather call LG’s repair service for assistance.

How Do You Reset a Flashing light on a LG Dishwasher?

If you ever see lights begin to flash on your LG dishwasher, this could be to indicate that the door has not been closed completely or is not latched on properly. This could also mean that the Delay Start feature has not been selected, and that the control panel will need to be reset. To do this, you will need follow the same steps mentioned above on how to reset the dishwasher.

Why Won’t my LG Dishwasher Connect to Wifi?

Having LG ThinQ and all of these unique features is no good if you can’t actually connect to the WIFI in your home. This can be done by tapping on the display of your dishwasher, clicking on the SETTINGS option, navigating through the menu (left or right) until you find the WIFI option. From here, simply choose your network and sign in. If this still doesn’t work after a few tries, you might need to consider resetting your router, or calling the LG service line for additional help.

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Error Codes and What they Mean

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code AE & E1?

Whenever you seen AE or an E1 error code show up on the display, this is to indicate that there is a possible leak coming from the unit. This is typically a result of an overflow caused by either the unit not be properly leveled or with you having used the wrong type (or amount) of detergent. For this, you will need to troubleshoot the issue to check if the dishwasher has been properly leveled, which can be done by simply placing a leveler on each angle of the unit. If everything if even, then the issue probably lies with the detergent you are using. Make sure that you are not using too much liquid or powder detergent, as this could cause overflow and excessive suds. This is where pods of tablets come in handy because this will ensure you are using the correct amount of detergent (just don’t use more than one pod or tablet at a time).

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code OE?

When an OE error code pops up on your LG dishwasher, this will indicate that there is a drainage issue at hand. This can most often be resolved by unclogging any food stuck in the tub of your dishwasher, cleaning out the filter, inspecting other aspects of the unit such as the drain hose, or the air gap.

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code LE?

When an LE error code appears on your LG dishwasher, this is to indicate that there is a problem with the motor. This could be that the wiring harness is not working properly, or just a disconnect between the motor and the control board. The easiest way to solve this is by turning the dishwasher off, turning the circuit breaker to the dishwasher off, waiting 10-15 seconds, and then turning the circuit breaker and the dishwasher back on.

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code 1E?

If you ever see a 1E error code on your LG dishwasher, this is to notify you that the level of water inside the unit is not high enough after 10 minutes of filling. This can be solved by checking to ensure that the supply valve is indeed turned on, and that the water line has not been damaged. Also, if the water pressure falls below 20 PSI, or if the drain hose outlet is installed lower than the base of your dishwasher, this could cause premature draining and is likely the reason for the error code. Below freezing temperatures could also impact this, as well as improper leveling of your dishwasher or damages to the flood safe hose and check valves.

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code NE?

If an NE error code ever appears, this is to let you know that there is an issue with the vario motor, which controls the spray arm’s inside of the dishwasher. Unfortunately, this is a problem that will need to be fixed by a licensed repair service, so, you will likely need to reach out to LG if this error code persists.

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code HE?

An HE error code would be to indicate that the unit has experienced a heater issue. Which typically occurs when the unit is unable to heat the water or if the water was overheated past 149 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, this can be solved easily by turning the dishwasher off, turning the circuit breaker off, and then waiting 10-15 seconds before turning everything back on, and running a fresh cycle. If the HE error code continues to appear, you will need to call a repair service.

What is the LG Dishwasher Error Code CL?

The CL notification is actually not an error code, but rather to let you know that the Child Lock (or control lock) has been activated. Which means that no buttons will work outside of the door and the power button to the dishwasher. You can activate or deactivate the control lock by pressing on the power button, selecting the cycle, and then pressing (and holding) the Rinse and Spray options for three seconds. Some older models might require you to press and hold the Dual Zone button instead for three seconds. At which point the child lock indicator will show up on the display, notifying you that it has been activated.

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Related Questions

Do LG Dishwashers Have a Warranty?

Every LG dishwasher will come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers the parts and labour of both non-direct drive models and direct drive models for two years. However, with direct drive motors, LG will repair units that need repairs due to manufacturing or materials defect that are notified to LG for another eight years after the expiration of the original warranty. You can make a claim against this manufacturer’s warranty by contacting LG directly.

Do LG Dishwashers Need Regular Cleaning and Maintenance?

Absolutely! Like any household appliance, dishwashers will require regular cleaning and maintenance in order to ensure that the machine stays clean and runs smoothly for years to come. You can help to prevent future problems by simply removing any build up located in the drain and even using distilled white vinegar to clean and deodorize your dishwasher after extended periods of use. It’s important to remember that a neglected dishwasher is not going to last nearly as long as one that is properly maintained and cleaned regularly.

Do LG Dishwashers Last Long?

The average dishwasher is designed to last anywhere between 8 and 15 years, depending on how well to take care of it and the brand you choose to invest in. With LG dishwashers in particular expected to last at least 10+ years. When you invest in a top-quality brand like LG, you are guaranteed premium parts and technology, which should allow the unit to last much longer than cheaper models.

Final Thoughts

People tend to associate LG with TVs and mobile devices, although, they are slowly emerging as one of the top brands for household appliances like fridges, ranges, and dishwashers. In large part thanks to their competitive innovation and world-class technology.

So, with any LG dishwasher, you are guaranteed to not only receive top-tier service, but also innovate technology that is designed to ease the entire process. But the first step to properly owning and maintaining an LG dishwasher is learning how to reset it if any problems arise. Hopefully today’s guide provided you with the necessary information to do just that.