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LG WT1101CW washer - troubleshooting OE drain error

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I have a LG top load washer, model WT1101CW, bought new in 2013. Recently I have started getting an OE drain error which stops the machine during the rinse or spin cycles. The machine **does** drain and will restart after the error if I pause it, open the lid, and resume the cycle. But it will just keep throwing OE errors until I give up and take the somewhat-too-damp clothes outside to dry in the Florida sun.

I've checked the drain hoses, they are not blocked, but there was some water in the bottom of the drain hoses. I also removed the black hose connecting the pump to the exterior drain hose and felt around inside the pump. I couldn't feel any lint buildup or foreign object blocking the pump. I noted that the impeller felt stiff, and didn't want to spin freely in either direction. I could get it to spin by pushing it, but it took some force. 

Does it sound like the drain pump needs to be replaced? Or is this more likely to be a control board issue?


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On 6/7/2021 at 7:45 AM, summertime said:

Does it sound like the drain pump needs to be replaced?

OE is for slow drain and the pump is the most likely problem if the drain hose and intake hose are clear.

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