George is a retired teacher with a lifelong interest in appliances. He's conducted extensive research and visited many showrooms.
Twenty years ago, I would have never considered buying a large appliance like a built-in dishwasher from a relatively new manufacturer. What about the track record? What about repairs? What if the company disappears? So, it took some changing on my part to give the green light to purchasing the LG LDF7811 dishwasher a few months ago.
It has proven to be such a great dishwasher. It's well designed, efficient, has a very tall tub (12-inch plates can be put in both the upper and lower racks), and is very quiet.
This is the first dishwasher that I have found that lets the consumer pick the force of the spraying water that cleans the dishes. There are options for a sanitary rinse and an extra rinse. We sometimes have many loads each day where there is a lot of cooking, and 10 people for dinner is not uncommon. So this is particularly convenient for us.
My Evaluation of the LG LDF7811 Dishwasher
We scrape our dishes quickly before loading them into the dishwasher, but we do not rinse them. We've had this policy through the lives of other dishwashers. For our vintage 1994 Maytag, it meant that I would often have to take the spray arms out of the machine and use either tweezers or some other device to get bits of stuck food from the orifices on the spray arms. Of course, the cleaning power of the machine is really hurt if too many of the jets are clogged and no water is running through them.
The jets on the LG are larger, so little pieces have not gotten caught. I have not had to clean the spray arms of debris once. The self-cleaning filter works too. So there is no need to clean a filter—as is required on many Bosch dishwashers. (Though I'll note that I have friends who have Bosch dishwashers who seldom clean the filters as often as needed.)
Unlike most dishwashers that are covered with an exposed piece of sound insulation, the LGs have an outer shell that covers the insulation. This made for a tight fit width-wise (and required some sanding), but I suppose that it is also responsible for the low noise. Check the dimensions of your opening before you decide to go with this dishwasher.
Rack arrangement is dependent on the kinds of dishes and glassware the consumer puts into the machine. Our plates fit well, as do our glasses. The tines are movable in the bottom rack to leave a completely flat surface, but we have never used that feature.
Length of Cycles
The cycles are LONG—even the quick wash is an hour and a half! This is a result of the water efficiency because the top and bottom racks are washed separately. I do wish there was an option for a faster cycle—even at the cost of using more water. (By the way, this is something common to newer dishwashers.)
LG LDF7811 Dishwasher Features
- XL Tall Tub cleans up to 16 place settings at once
- Design-A-Rack system allows for maximum loading flexibility
- Adjustable upper rack allows storage of 12" plates
- Folding and removable tines make instant room for larger items
- 3-1 cutlery baskets can be snapped together or separated for placement in either the upper or lower racks
- Stemware holder secures wine glasses, goblets, and champagne flutes but also doubles as a double decker rack for storage of smaller cups
Performance and Conservation:
- Premium LoDecibel Quiet Operation
- SenseClean washing system
- Six wash cycles with three spray arms
- Sanitary cycle
- Half-load cleaning
- Multi-level water direction
- Detergent and auto-rinse dispenser
- Slim direct drive motor
- Water heater
- Disposer/self-cleaning filter
- Delay start up to 12 hours
Style and Design:
- Semi-integrated electronic control panel
- Visible digital status display
- Premium color palette of stainless steel, white, and black with pocket handle
- Stainless steel XL tub
- Nylon-coated racks and tines with rounded tips
Two Years Later: Bad News Update
After one year, the LG dishwasher failed. Water was remaining in the bottom of it. Readout codes appeared on the LED screen.
I called the 800 number for repair. The first person took a long time and seemed not to know anything. I called LG for another repairman. This one, The "Best Appliance Guy," was well-spoken. But after replacing the pump, the machine still did not work. After one month, LG replaced the machine.
I thought I just had a rare bad experience. But after another year, the second machine stopped working. (There were pump problems, and the button for the extra rinse and sanitary rinse did not work.) The Best Appliance Guy returned and told me that the seals of the pump had disintegrated. He said that it was difficult to get another pump. That was after three visits.
So, I replaced that dishwasher with a Whirlpool GU3600XYST. The fact that the LG failed twice is so sad. When it worked, it was impressive. But for such an expensive appliance to fail twice—beyond an easy repair—is inexcusable.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2006 gredmondson
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peter murphy on June 13, 2020:
Our Lg dish washer is just 2 years old and has broken down 4 times.
This is the last time I will buy a LG dish washer. It is a piece of s--t
Katherine Loweree on October 18, 2018:
Our brand new LG dishwasher broke after 6 months. No service available in El Paso Texas. LG services are non existent. We have been calling them daily for 3 months! They will not fix this problem even though dishwasher is under warranty. We do not know what to do. Never buy LG.
Dennis Droz on June 12, 2014:
I decided to make one more post after dumping my $1,000 LG dishwasher in the dump about a year ago and replaced it with a cheaper US brand that works like a dream and is just as quiet. My previous posts from about 5 years back detail the numerous LG dishwasher failures that ocurred. But I want to mention that I still have an LG refrigerator that has worked like a charm for about 3 to 4 years now and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will work well for many years to come. But I am trying to be careful to not knock on wood!
Johna63 on May 06, 2014:
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TINA on April 09, 2013:
I HAVE AN LG DIRECT DRIVE 3850DD3006J -- LE ERROR MESSAGE. IT'S LESS THAN 3 YEARS OLD. MY MAYTAG LASTED YEARS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM IN FACT THE ONLY REASON WHY I TOOK IT OUT WAS BECAUSE OF A KITCHEN UPGRADE. THE LG MODEL WAS A GOOD BUY FOR THE FEATURES COMPARED TO THE COMPETING MAYTAG. NEVER AGAIN. LG LIFE IS NOT GOOD. IM BUYING A NEW DISHWASHER -- MAYTAG. MY FRIDGE IS LG.. SO FAR OK.
gredmondson on March 04, 2013:
To the commenter above, Dennis Droz,
I feel exactly the same way you feel. I never attempted to fix our dishwasher myself, but the end result--I cannot ever imagine buying another LG product--is the same.
Dennis Droz on March 03, 2013:
This is my final LG dishwasher failure post. Our LG dishwasher worked well when it was working and in the past 5 years it has broken down 7 times. Each time I fixed it myself with the help of about $125 in various small parts I ordered from the internet. This time I will call it quits. I almost did last time but I managed to squeak another 6 months out of it. The problems this time are sticking water floats that continue to hang up no matter how carefully I clean them, a screaming sound that comes and goes from the internal area of the dishwasher, E1 failure code from time to time, and and occasional failure to shut down if the door is opened. I think the E1 code is from the water levels being irregular due to the sticking floats. It makes the dishwasher think there is a water leak. The occasional screaming sound might be motor bearings that are in the process of going South. The Motors have never been replaced and it is most likely time for that to be necessary. The failure to shut down when the door is opened might be a control board problem. It doesn't always happen when the door is opened. I took the door apart to see if it was getting wet, or overheated and ran the dishwasher with it hanging out in mid air. Didn't help. With all these intermittent variables, I have no guarantee that spending more time or money will fix anything permanently and I would rather spend parts money on a dishwasher that will run for a few years between breakdowns rather than a few months on a regular basis. It is really starting to wear on me and also my wife. She has been such a good sport. In recent posts I have tried to detail my fixes in hopes that it would help someone else. I think it is time to admit that it is a lost cause and no matter how many times you fix it, it will break down again soon. LG really failed in the engineering and design of this product. It's sad they don't support it responsibly and back up their product in an efficient way. They were bale to get my $1000 once but not a cent ever again. They deserve to go broke.
Pat on January 22, 2013:
The address of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama is: Comsumer Affairs Section, Office of the Attorney General, 11 South Union Street, Montgomery , AL 36130
This company needs to be turned in or they will continue to profit while doing us out of our hard earned dollar. Do it for yourself, and be an American, do it for others!
Pat on January 22, 2013:
My brother has had the same problems with his dishwasher.
I have advised him to write to the Attorney General of the State in which the manufacturer resides, in this case,
the company address is: LG Electronics, Alabama, Inc.201 james Record Rd., Huntsville, AL 35824
Anne in Ottawa on December 11, 2012:
I want to say that my LG dishwasher is the worst piece of junk that I have ever bought...a day doesn't go by that either the dishes are half assed washed or the OE error is on. My ten year old Kenmore still sitting in the garage is a superior product.
Dan in Texas on December 10, 2012:
Our LDS-5811 WW purchase from Home Depot 2 years ago just gave me the dreaded LE CODE. Now that I know never again from LG. This was the third dishwasher from HomeDepot, a floor demo because they two they delivered were damaged Maytags. NEVER HOME DEPOT Again. I will not get this repaired.
carolyn on November 02, 2012:
well yet another compaint about LG dishwasher LDF7811WW what a peice of junk we too had the motor replaced once and the sump assembely repalced twice and calling again because having trouble again. We purchased this lovely machine in April of 2008 and have had nothing but trouble. I would love to get in on a class action law suit to make them accountable for the garbage they are selling.. I asked about the lemon law ,, the extended warranty people tell me the same part has to break 3 times within a 12 month period so i am not elegible for the lemon law.. 3 motors in 4 years I think thats a lemon. They do not stand behind there product. Even from day 1 my dishes do not come out clean from this hunk of junk never by LG
D. Murray on July 26, 2012:
LG dishwasher 2 motors 3rd is now broken ( Highest End available)
LG Dryer HE the dryer drum ( metal part your cloths sit in split on the seems and dryer has been sitting in our garage for 2 years. We are using a 15 old dryer that has never once went down in place of it.
LG French door Fridge yes $2899 the interior light caught on fire and metaled the inside of the plastic around it. The medium temp bins all broke in 4 week.
LG Washer the HE front loader model to match the over priced trash of a dryer. Temp controler went out and controler board for hot temp cycles.
LG TV HD floating white spot all over the screen. I call it LG solar flare.
Please never waste your money on these trash items.
Susie on July 24, 2012:
Ditto on all! I have a $1000 piece of junk - when it totally goes, I'll donate it to the curb and get either a GE (had one that worked beautifully - and quietly - for a dozen years) or KitchenAid (also terrific for years and years). Home Depot sold me on this appliance - even though I was buying all new kitchen and laundry equipment for a complete remodel. Shame on Home Depot, as well.
Gary Ripley on July 19, 2012:
my god I cannot believe all the comments that depict LG dishwashers as junk it scares me to put a dime it to it I to have water sitting in the bottom of the washer tub. For which I feel is a major lemon factor with the pumps just after a few years of use ! I to have bought other LG product for which I thought were on the higher end ! And yes warranty has just expired ! Go figure ! What to do?
Dennis Droz on June 23, 2012:
Hi again. The saga of the failing LG dishwasher continues.... recently, I cleaned the the floats again (twice 3 months apart), because water began dumping out of the bottom of the door onto the wood floor due to sticky floats. This time, the floats looked free of gunk but I washed, hand rubbed them anyway and did everything I could to make them invisible gunk free. When I put it all back together, the problem was solved and the dishwasher worked just fine. The dishwasher then worked for about 3 months. I figured it should be good for at least 6 months before the floats would need to be cleaned again. Three months have passed and then without warning one day, I started smelling a burning electric smell you that indicates possible imminent fire. There was also a loud buzzing "severe welding like elecrical arcing" sound coming from under the dish washer. Couldn't tell if it was from inside the door or the electronics components in the lower part of the dishwasher next to the floor. I removed the front door cover and turned off the kitchen lights so I could see if there was an an arc some where insde it. Nothing was visible, so I moved the dishwasher into the garage and hooked it up out there. I couldn't see or hear an arc but when I wiggled a bundle of wires underneath, the insulation on the bundle of wires shocked me. Then I realized the bundle was moist, and the insulation must be punctured enabling electric current to flow lightly from the water through me on to the ground connection through my shoes into the garage cement floor. After further inspection, I found that two wires were arcing together in that wire bundle at about the place I touched. The insulation on the wire had broken down due to gunk from a slight seal leak just above that had caked upward in a pile on the metal catch panel under the dishwasher and cleaned up the gunk. I re-dressed the wire bundle, repaired the two wires that were arcing accross to each other and put everything back together. Everything works again, but this is the last time. I will order a new seal for the leaky gunk source, and re-install the dishwasher in the kitchen one more time. I can't imagine the grief and expense I would have endured if I had depended on a maintenance warranty to take care each of the failures in this dishwasher I have experienced in the past 3 years. LG should be ashamed . Things can break down once or maybe twice, but not every 3 months! For three years!!! I have resigned myself to fix it one more time and then Craigs list will be visited. I will be able to truthfully tell the taker that it works but was recently repaired . I will give it away to the first taker who will haul it away for me. Then I'll buy a dishwasher that has good consumer reports, and one that is made in the USA.
Dennis Droz on March 09, 2012:
I have to clean the floats located under the left side side panel of my Lg dishwasher. Previous posts explain how, why, and what the details require the floats to nd cleaned. Without annual cleaning, tne dishwasher growls, gives Error codes, and doesn't clean the dishes. If you have these symptoms, read my previous posts and show him to the repair man if he arrives. If he will read them, it might save you a lot of time, money, and grief. The repair man might learn something too. Hopefully, it will bore him because he already knows his stuff.
kscb on February 23, 2012:
@ Dennis all others.
Mine was leaking water - I think from the door. I just took it apart and noticed the floats were filled with gunk, cleaned it and about to test it tomorrow. I not sure I want to risk water ruining my ceiling tile in basement again,on the fence whether to get a Bosch. I have had 3 (yes 3) LG appliances die on me within a year all less than 5 years old. First the microwave, then the washing machine (which I repaired) and now the dishwasher, the only two left are the dryer and the range, I am just waiting for those two to crap out too. NEVER EVER EVER Again will I purchase anything LG EVER - shame on me!!
Noor on February 20, 2012:
Lg is more than shit.. It's 5 months old and already needs new motor .. My stupid dishwasher.. I hate it and I hate my self for buying such machine.. Never buy anything from lg
lgdishwasher on January 03, 2012:
I have made a web page explaining my story with my L G dishwasher. now 5 years old and still fixing it.
Dennis Droz on November 26, 2011:
I own an LG LDF7810WW LG dishwasher that is about 3 years old now according to my wife. It just dumped again by dumping quite a bit of water on our wood floor. This is the third time it has failed in 3 years. Due to the lack of a useless warranty and lack of help on LG's part, I have had to repair it myself each time. I take it out in the garage and build a frame about 3 feet off the floor and put it on it so I can see where the water is coming from any thing else that is visually going wrong. I hook up electricity and water to it along with a 5 gallon bucket for a drain and put it through its paces. There was an E? error code that came up 3 times in a row this time as she battled with it to start working right, (she can't remember which E code appeared). When I set it up in the garage, it ran perfectly.....all day, for 4 complete long wash cycles from start to finish. I finally decided that the only thing that could have went wrong when it was in the house was caused by the water level floats that are inside the left side panel. They have caused E error codes before. I have had to clean them twice previously. They get fine gunk inside their little plastic cavities and the floats stick causing either too much or not enough water to be available during the cycles. The error codes from this seem to vary because they indicate a bad pump, or a leak or anything else that could make too much or too little water levels happen. It appears the water came out of the bottom of the door this time. I'm not a dishwasher technician, but I am an electronic engineer and with some basic electronic theory some of these things can be figured out by simple logic and testing of individual electrical parts. I'm not absolutely sure about my repair theories, but they have worked for 2 repairs so far and each repair has been good for 1 year. I just finished installing the dishwasher back in the kitchen. It is working ok now, no dribbles, no error codes, and hopefully it will last at least one more year before I have to go through the repair drill again. The only thing I did was clean the floats, and smoothed their sides so grit and grime that gets past the water filters don't have much to stick to. I would like to junk it this dishwasher, but $1000 dollars has got me trying to fix it 1 more time each time. Everytime I fix it, I feel like I just made about 5 or 6 hundred dollars tax free for the dishwasher that I don't have to buy, and I feel like I retained a few hundred of the $1000 I paid for the darn thing. I am being held hostage! We have an LG refrigerator and it works great. I keep my fingers crossed for it. We won't buy any more LG appliances. I hope this this information helps some one who has the same symptoms as I have just described. Good Luck.
Pat New Jersey on November 10, 2011:
I will never buy LG products again! Purchased the french door fridge. Lights were staying on when you closed the doors. Ice maker broke and freezer would not freeze. Service man out several times. LG bought back because they could not fix it. In the 2nd year of owning it they paid us 66 percent. What a joke. Error code on dishwasher now. Repairman came out and wires melted to door and broke. I hope people research before purchasing anything from LG!
For Shame LG!! on November 02, 2011:
Bought LG dishwasher, washer and dryer set for our new house as everyone was saying it was the best out there! What a load! The LG Tromm washer started smoking!!! The repairman told us this happens a lot with this model and it could be many things and he would rather not charge us crazy amounts to "dig" bless his soul, and said it would be easier and more costly to buy new!! Wow! What is LG coming to if a repairman tells you that?! At the moment we cannot afford new ones so we have a smoke detector planted right on the machine so if smoke returns we can run and turn it off.
I wish I was done.. However now our dishwasher has given us the "HE" code... Now apparently the heating is going or something?! What cheap crappy craftsmanship!! I will never buy them again! I am going through Consumer Report, Twitter, Facebook, and blogging just so I can warn people about these faulty products, and service! I would rather go back to the old machines of old with their chunky looks and clunky sounds if it meant 25 yrs of service!! LG, you suck!
Rose K on October 07, 2011:
I bought an LG dishwasher from Home Depot 3 years ago (2008). It has a stainless steel interior and controls are hidden on the top of the door. The dishes do not come out clean, nothing is dry inside, it makes that grinding noise and other funy noises like its about to take off. It leaves a residue on the dishes. We have had a service man out several times-the first time was owning it for under a year. The last time he replaced the motor which did take a while for the part to come in. I recently called for service to complain that it continues to not clean, rinse or dry my dishes well. They said they would cover a new pump even though it was out of warrarty. A service man from LG did come out, but did not replaced the pump. He did something else that he said was the problem. I called back and complained that it still was not working well and they said that the pump offer was no longer available!!!! Can you believe that. LG DISCHWASHERS ARE JUNK. DO NOT PURCHASE THEM. I will never buy an LG product again. We are stuck with this thing. I would replace it now if I could.
I cringe when I think about all the residue it must be leaving on all my dishes. All I have to do is look at the door-its full of residue after I run the cycle.
Tori1520 on October 07, 2011:
Follow up to previous post 2 weeks ago, they came and replaced my pump and control and LG paid the repair place. So far it is running perfect. It's cleaning, drying and not leaking. After 4 years of putting up with the crappy LG dishwasher, it finally works. Steam actually came out last night when I opened it. That is the first time ever that has happened. I gave the name and ext of the LG service man Frank 2 posts above, he's the guy that set it all up and it only took 1 call this time. Good luck and I hope mine continues to work!! I still won't buy an LG again!!
NeedHelp on September 30, 2011:
Have had an LG LDF7811ST dishwasher since Mar2006 and had sump assembly or motor replaced once in 2009. Everything worked fine for awhile. Recently Aug2011 we started getting LE code errors. Repairman determined it was not the sump or motor, but the main control board. The old contol board had swollen capacitors and was (per our repairman) obviously bad. Well the new control board was installed...repairman left...and wallah! the wash cycle would stick on any wash program and never complete. You could hear the motor revving up then stopping again and again and again. Called the repairman who got a new replacement control board. He showed us that it worked...then left. Guess what...SAME PROBLEM ! ! ! Wash cycle will not complete regardless of which wash program we select. Motor gears up...water starts spraying...then you hear it shut off. Every once in awhile the motor will run and water sprays for about 5 minutes but as soon as it ends...the crazy cycling starts up again. Also, the wash cycle will not cease when we open the dishwasher door as it used to. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be.
Tori1520 on September 23, 2011:
We moved into a new home in 2007, the previous owners had upgraded to LG appliances a few month prior to selling. I have never seen a bigger piece of s... dishwasher ever. I called and of course no warranty. The condescending customer service guy told me it was how I was stacking it. I knew that wasn't it. The Dishes come out with stuff stuck to them, it runs for 4 hours and it never dries. This is in 2007. I have put up with it for 4 years until last night it started leaking for the 2 nd time. I finally called LG and they have agreed to pay the labor and parts to replace both the sump and the control board. It is model LDF6810ST. I don't wanna be too optimistic yet. They actually said that this model was "eligible" for an upgrade of those 2 parts so those of you that have these issues may wanna call them. I spoke with Frank at ext 7452. I'll let u know how it turns out. He 3way called the licensed repair place while I was on the phone so I'll keep u all posted. It's still a piece of crap and I would NEVER recommend LG. At least they r gonna fix it!!
Don on September 18, 2011:
No point in repeating. We have had many of the problems that everyone else is reporting. These comments on this site started four years ago! Why hasn't LG redesigned this machine or Home Depot stopped selling them? Doesn't Home Depot care about so many dissatisfied customers? Doesn't LG care that this product has affected their reputation for years? Any lawyers out there ready to file a class action? It appears that thousands of people may have paid about $800 apiece for these machines! Mine won't even wash the soap out of the dispenser!
Chris on September 02, 2011:
Add me to the ever growing list of remorseful LG LDS5811 owners. The sump assembly was replaced last year; needs it again this year. Customer dis-service sucks. Repairman wants $386+tax for the repair. I'm wondering if the problem is just the $10 sensor assembly, but getting to the sensor is not well described and looks to be too complicated. LG products are no longer welcome in my house. I'll be avoiding all Korean-made appliances in the future (including those marketed by good old American brands).
Dorothy L. Dull on August 27, 2011:
I have just sent a warranty claim/report via email to LG. We will see where this goes. We have had an LG technician to our home twice about our dishwasher. We orignially purchased it on 09-06-06. It worked great for about 3 years. Then: the chirping and shut off with water in the bottom. Our dilemma was that the pine floor was installed after the dishwasher. To repair, we thought we would have to shut off the water, pull the sink, remove the backsplash and counter top. That would be how the unit could be accessed. Needless to say, I have been washing dishes by hand for almost a year. Then, our LG frontload washing machine "broke" for the second time. When the technician came out, I asked him to look at the dishwasher also. He thought that there was an error with the child lock. It "appeared" to work. He left. It does not work. He returned after my phone call. It appears that the wires have become imbedded in the circuit board/control board in the dishwasher door! He contacted LG. Over $500 to repair! What?? He told me that I could contact them directly and file a claim. Especially if I believe that the unit is under warranty. I dug through our files. It is. Until September of this year. They better fix this! The technician felt that they could send the parts to me/us for about $150.00. Then I could call him and he could fix. This is unacceptable. I want it replaced for nothing. The control board is not something we have done/not done. What is more distressing, our washing machine is STILL not fixed. It is displaying a door error message. I really hate to contact this tech for a third time. I don't know what cycle he is pressing when he is here and it is working; but when we actually run the machine it displays the message. If you press the start "button" three times; it will work. What the *&^^??
Heidi on August 23, 2011:
On July 31st we purchased a new dishwasher an LG model number 6920WW. Horrible chirping noise right off the bat for the entire cycle. They are coming out to replace the sump assembly. I really hope this takes care of the problem. I feel like we have a hundred cicadas in our dishwasher when it runs. Did anyone else experience this?
rich on July 06, 2011:
i have an LG dishwasher, stainless steel inside, it is all stained by the soap. the soap dispsenser doesn't close. the repair men has been here twice to fix the filling, it is a piece of JUNK. I have never had more problems than I have had with this garbage. Now when i see LG on the appliance, I get so pissed and just walk by. I will NEVER own another LG appliance.
try this to save u money it works on June 29, 2011:
when dishwasher starts but then stops and starts beeping at u and has water in the bottom still turn the power off and remove power cord from power point and remove left hand side panel of dishwasher and right down the bottom left u can see in to the dishwasher and there is a coolite float get a zip tie and put over the plastic rod and zip tie so it pulls the rod and float to the bottom of the dishwasher as far as it can go replace side panel and try it again. (it works trust me)
Nothing works on June 18, 2011:
Everything is garbage now. Nothing seems to work right. It's only money, right? Money that people don't have.
Jackass on May 11, 2011:
Dear All - I bought an LD dishwasher. See, it was to be my first step out of the trailer park. My way of chucking the Chinette and, much like George Jefferson, I was a movin' on up. But alas, the motor went out and it has since displayed a multitude of problems. And calling customer service is like having your teetch yanked out, hammered back in one at a time, and kicked out by a drunken mule. Frankly, it is terrible. So, we have tossed the LG in the front yard and made a planter out of it. We have gone back to paper plates and frankly the double wide has never been quieter and our repair bills have dropped lower than Bill Clinton's pants in the Oval Office. Yes, Life is Good, without LG.
R in MD on April 30, 2011:
Same thing as everyone else. Disappointed in that it never did really clean dishes well. Then, it started leaking water from the left side. I am going to try and seal it myself and see what happens. LG is the worst dishwasher we've had the other one lasted about 10 years.
Sick of LG on April 20, 2011:
The led gave me n error code of "your screwed" when it crapped out after 13 months, LG of no help...done with them!
rick on April 10, 2011:
I'm not a plumbing professional but I just replaced an LG dishwasher heating element. Wife complained dishes weren't drying and there was a bad odor inside the dishwasher. To me, it was clear that the sump heater wasn't heating the wash and rinse water. Not difficult to do. As mentioned above, disconnect water supply line by removing small panel at the bottom front. Make sure to turn water off first. Then disconnect dishwasher drain tube under your sink, this allows dishwasher to be pulled out of cabinet. Turn dishwasher over ( easy, very light weight). Remove sheet metal pan on bottom to expose the sump, motor, pump, heater etc. You'll see the ends of the heater element sticking out of the sump assembly. Usual instructions recommend removing the large plastic base but I found that the heater could be removed and reinstalled by simply sliding it out and into the gap between the plastic base and the washer cabint once I removed the sheet metal side panel on the dishwasher. I tested my heater with a volt-ohm meter and found it to be defective ( this is what I hoped for since new heater is only $50). Got new heater ( SEE PICTURE) and installed it in about 30 minutes. The only fussy part was knowing how tight to turn the small bolt which squeezes the rubber seal. I was conservative the first attempt and had a water leak where the heater fits into the sump. You'll see this and understand how the bolt and rubber seal work once you get the heater out. Turned the bolt more and the leak stopped. Washer works great now, wife happy. Congratulate yourself on saving $200. My dishwasher is LG Model LDF 6810ST. Damn expensive so I'm glad this simple fix worked well. Bought heater from repairclininc.com
melanie on April 09, 2011:
@Nadine in Australia
have them take off the side panel and check the water hose for inside and tiny wholes.. we had the same issue and it took them 6 month and me removing the panel looking for the leak to actually find it, amazing what a small tiny whole can do in water leakage... give it a try... what ya got to loose..
By now I'm a pro at diagnosing my own issues, I think LG should pay me now...
melanie on April 09, 2011:
Well.. we bought ours 4 years ago and I hate to tell you guys.. the problems started within in weeks of having the machine and I've been through 6-8 service calls every year since; we must have replaced 8-12 new motors, 4-6 new sealing discs, 2 sets of hose, 2 sets of Seals, 2 sets of electronics and that's just the things I remember.... No one ever offered to replace even after I pushed the fact that this is a lemon, nope the warranty company strategically switched Repair companies after the 2nd attempt and guess what, they could never find the original service calls.. this is a mess.. I will never ever buy a LG and my post will go live on my blog telling all my readers next week, too... a Dishwasher that was over $700 and probly $2000 in repairs so far is a piece of junk!!!!
Benita on April 03, 2011:
Just a note, we have the same dishwasher as you and have had so many problems- the latest with a water leak that we cannot locate. LG don't care. I too live in Australia and am disgusted that they are are allowed to sell this kind of crap here. Scarily enough we also own other LG appliances
Ed on March 31, 2011:
I bought a LG dishwasher at Home Depot in 2007.
The first 3 months, the pump went.
Something else went on it a few months later. After the warranty expired,last year it went again. They could not figure out what the problem was, (IE error). It would run and in the middle of the cycle shut down. Finally he fixed it with a part for the computer.
Now here it is less than a year later, it is shutting off again!
It is the worst piece of junk I ever bought and mind you, it was not cheap!!!
Good luck all who own this nightmare!
nechama on March 30, 2011:
I actually got a LG Microwave as a gift from my Aunt. I have it now for 3 years and thank the lord, had no problems. I am really happy with it.
I usually get all my appliances from TigerChef.com they have a great price match guarantee and I can't tell you about the return policy because I never had problems!
But one thing for sure I would never on my own go and by a LG after all you guys have to say!
Nadine on March 15, 2011:
I purchased my LG dishwasher model LD-1204W around 5 years ago and have never had a problem with it other than a blocked filter, which i cleaned out and fixed the problem myself! Until a few weeks ago when my son pulled the top guide assembly off the impeller whilst having a temper tantrum over whos turn it was to do the dishes...I love my dishwasher I've never had a problem with it other than something we have created ourselves. I'm extremely sorry to hear so many people have, however we have lg dishwashers, fridges, tvs and some over appliances and find them as reliable as any other brand if not better. My parents and sister recently purchased other models of dishwashers and paid considerable amounts more for theirs than i did for mine and the lg far out-performs their models. I like johnnybb believe it is completely unneccessary to be damaging other goods in stores, it costs those people money to replace them and is called here in our justice system 'wilfull damage' unsure if this is the case in other countries but here in Australia it is. If you don't like the products then just dont purchase them. This hurts the distributors more than an insurance claim....
sandee on March 12, 2011:
Two repair men just left my home. THis is the 3rd time they were here because of my new LG dishwasher. On February 2, 2011our 1st Lg Dishwaher was delivered after 3 months on backorder. Within two days of delivery the thing did not work. THe spinners did not spin or shoot water out to clean the dishes. Agter calling LG and Home Depot where we purchased the LG dishwasher we set up an appointment for a service representative to come to our home to check out the problem. He claimed it was a pump and repaced it. 15 minutes after he left I put a couple dishes in to see if the problem was fixed. Nope!!!The spinners still sat still, and the noise was loud. I called LG and set up another appoitment for another repair person to come and check out the problem. He phoned me and said he thought he knew what the problem was and he would order a different part and call me when it came in. i still have not received his call, that was two weeks ago. Home Depot in the meantime agreed to replace the defective dishwasher and sent a new one over Friday March 1st. We thought it worked fine.However this morning I went down to my beautifully carpeted basement a rec room only to discover that my carpet was soaked, the wall wet, the dry wall stained and my husbands camera collection on a wall shelve directly under the dishwaher was ruined. Repair personal came out an hour ago and they pulled out the dishwasher only to discover that the LG dishwasher was cracked underneath and a plate was defective...Where is the new dishwasher now? Sitting in my garage waiting to be picked up. I would advise anyone to NOT purchase this kind of dishwasher. We will not allow for an new one to replace this one but will be filing a small claims suit for the water damage (a weeks worth) that went to by basement.
johnnybb on February 13, 2011:
LG appliances are fine. i am an appliance service tech. the majority of dishwasher problems are customer related. the most common cause of LE code in a dishwasher is foreign objects stuck in motor. mounting screw thats was dropped into motor when it was installed, broken glass or bones etc. every time i have to change a motor it is because of these problems. there has been issues with older models that have wiring get stuck in the sound proofing material and tear the wire. wiring is very easy fix. as for the idiot that says put a dent in a new appliance on a sales floor when you see one. that is one of the more stupid things i have heard. how does vandalism solve anything.
effee on February 05, 2011:
I have an lg dishwasher. Absolute piece of junk. Plastic wheels on bottom rack always popping off, rack won't roll smoothly, selection buttons sticking and don't work after only a couple years, pump sometimes making odd noises. Worst of all, though, it does a LOUSY job cleaning dishes. PIECE OF CRAPP!!!!!!!!
buddy on February 03, 2011:
Purchase a LG Ref/freezer and a Model LDS5811ST dishwasher, nothing but problems with both, Ref doors do not remain closed, freezer does not defrost. The dishwasher constantly has water sitting on the bottom, after two years I give up, buying a Whirlpool like I should have from the get go.
john panagos on January 26, 2011:
I also bought a lg lds4821bb dishwaser, after a couple of weeks running very quietly we started getting a growling noise and called LG. They sent a repairman and he checed and said everything was fine that night it started again,another call to Lg. A local sub contractor was sent and he said the same as the first tech but recommended less detergent. About halfway through the wash cycle the noise was there again and the dishes weren't as clean. The thing that I noticed is when testing they only used plain water and stated that using detergent would not make a difference and neither would stay long enough to run a full cycle which for us is the quick wash cycle. Eventually Home Depot>s extened warrenty will inherit the problem.
Audre on January 20, 2011:
I have had an LG dishwasher for three or four years... can't remember. It has worked well, without a problem, for that time. However, this morning there was a loud whining noise, which stopped when I opened the door. When it started up again, there was a different noise, not so loud. I am waiting to see if it will finish the cycle. After reading the comments here, I am happy for the time it worked well. If it stops working I will look for another dishwasher, rather than get it fixed. The one (believe it's Hotpoint) in the guest apartment has been there for 40 years. Still, there will never be quality like that again. Thanks guys!
AndyB on January 14, 2011:
Thanks to this page I was able to partially repair our LG POS. I removed the door cover and found not 1 but 3 damaged wires. The IE error is gone, now I have to figure out where the leak is coming from. My guess is one of the cheap seals LG uses for the motor/pump assy. Thanks all for this site.
whitton on January 14, 2011:
Great Hub. I never knew that the XL Tall Tub can clean up to 16 place settings.
SteveP on December 24, 2010:
We've had this dishwasher for 3 weeks. We've probably washed 4 loads of dishes, 7 or 8 cycles because it doesn't actually ‘clean’ dishes. Last night we tried the Pot Scrubber mode. This morning my wife was in tears over it because she had to handwash the dishes again. I went back to the store to see what we could do about it before I ripped it out of the kitchen. They agreed to take it back. Just wish I had read the reviews here before I bought the stupid thing.
It's quiet, but like many new energy efficient appliances, it just doesn't work well. The prongs on the racks are too short to hold the dishes upright, which I believe contributes to it's poor performance. The silverware rack on the side is very inconvenient, but many are made like this now. If you use a knife to make a peanut butter sandwich, you have to open the door completely, then slide out the bottom rack just to put the knife in. What a pain! When you try to remove a 'cleaned' utensil, sometimes the silverware rack comes out too, and silverware pieces fall into the bottom of the tub. A miserable design!
I'm not keeping this thing long enough to wait for more problems to develop! It's going back this week!
Brian on December 09, 2010:
Bought this house last year with a LG LDS5611WW dishwasher of unknown age. So far it has been working fine - given that I've only run it twice! We are accustomed to doing dishes by hand but were recently encouraged to use a machine to "save energy". We'll see. I'll run it till it drops, then junk it since it is clearly false economy to repair, and go back to doing them by hand. Oh, it too doesn't empty the soap container even if you only put in 1 tablespoon of powder.
Jody McGettigan on December 05, 2010:
Just an update. After changing the drain hose on the dishwasher due to a leak from a split in the hose we switched the extra long drain hose with a standard hose and have had no leak coming from the left lower corner or any place else any longer. I was wondering why the original lg drain hose is so long? Hopefully this has solved the problem but I won't hold my breath.
Andrey on December 02, 2010:
Well, if this helps anyone, the leak from the left corner of the dishwasher is due (at least in my case) to malfunctioning of an air switch (for the lack of a better name). It is a little electrical box that opens and closes the diaphragm which allows air to be succed into the machine thru the suction vent during drying session - when you open the door you would see a round grid somewhere at the top of the soap dispenser. That is where air comes from. Rotate the grid and it would come of. Underneath the grid there is a plastic/rubber cirle inside of the white box, on the other side of the box is the switch that pushes this circle forwards or pulls it backwards. When the switch stops working the diaphragm stays open, resulting in water leaking leaking into the air duct inside the door and also in dirty looking dishes because of poor or no ventilation. From the air duct the water drips to the floor. But this malfunction in itself is a result of a bigger problem, which I believe causes all other electronics to fail. At the bottom of the door there is a wide piece of rubber that I assume is designed to work as a gasket between the bottom of the machine and the door.This rubber bends from usage and heat and what we get is hot vapor entering the inner parts of the door, condensating and shorting the electrical components. It could also be a reason for a leak on the right front side of the machine. This is ugliest design I have ever seen!
Speaking of hot water not coming thru - it is true that running a hot water from a kitchen tap before starting the machine helps. Speaking of using gentle soaps to prevent leask - BS! Would you believe a car emchanic who tells you to use a higher grade gasolin to stop oil dripping from your engine? If there is a leak, something is wrong with the machine...
Lisa on November 30, 2010:
Wow! Wish I read these a year ago! I'm sitting at home waiting for yet another repair guy from Lg whom has not showed. I have an LDS4821WW, purchased from Home Depot last Sept. Broke in July. The computer Mother Board fried. Took one month to fix. 8 weeks later same thing, except now I am 2 weeks out of warrenty. we got an extension on the warrenty because it is the same issue. Have had a tech here 3 times, numerous wires repaired, parts replaced. Can't figure out what is shorting out the mother board. Numerous calls to LG to get this resolved. 2 months later I am beyond fustrated. This weekend I have 70 people coming to my house for a party and no dish washer. Last call LG was saying they are not sure what they are going to cover on this repair as it is out of warrenty despite us getting the extension and the orginal repair not resolved. The reapair guy that ws soppose to come today was soppose to be a differnent fellow that would look everyhting over again. I really don't know what to do, we are not getting anywhere with this!! I have documented everything because I really think it is time for a lawyer!
Jody McGettigan on November 29, 2010:
I just read my comment over and noticed several typos. Sorry! I really can spell.
Jody McGettigan on November 29, 2010:
I have an LG slim line bottom freezer refrigerator that I purchased for $800 8yrs. ago and it still works fine.
I also purchased an LG dishwasher for $900 back in October of 2007 and also had the same problem with leaking fron the left lower corner. Had a tech guy look at it shortly after purchase due to this and was told that I should make sure not to use too much detergent wich may cause an overflow or somrthing like that? Any way,I started using less soap and can't say if this helped. It seems to be intermittent now. The dishes were also coming out dirty and my dishes are usually fairly clean going in but I was told with older homes and because the dishwasher is on the second floor it may take time for hot water to reach the upper pipes so I should run the water to make sure it's running hot prior to running the dishwasher which does work wonders along with switching to Cascade liquid detergent. I had been using earth friendly detergent with mixed results. Having to run the water to get it hot enough before running the dishwasher to make sure dishes get clean defeats the purpose of purchasing an energy efficient unit. We also noticed a leak under the sink recently which ended up being a split hose that we replaced ourselves and things are working fine now. We'll see how long that lasts. The unit is also louder than it had been especially when draining. I have an Lg cell phone and that works fine but I also don't use it very often.
Richard Yanco on November 28, 2010:
We purchased an LG dishwasher and refrigerator about 2 years ago from Home Depot. We bought the stainless steel models in order to update the kitchen. The refrigerator is extremely noisy especially when making ice. I have gotten up in the middle of the night because I thought that had broken into the house. It sounds like a midget is inside the icemaker throwing ice cubes around.
The dishwasher does a fair job of cleaning the dishes. It is fairly quiet. The major problem is the bad odor that comes from the dishwasher when you open the door to either load items for a wash or take dishes out of the unit. It smells like garbage is collecting in the bottom of the unit. It is definitely a defect in the unit. I had them service it once, but I wasn't here and they left after telling my wife that everything was ok. I am considering licking my wounds and dumping it for a Kitchen Aid or other better machine.
Jade on November 25, 2010:
This brand of dishwasher is a piece of crap! We had this under warranty and have had to have the repair man over several times. The warranty expired and now there are only more problems.
Andrey on November 18, 2010:
Glad to see somedoy found my comment useful:-)
Now I could also use some help :-(
Well, just three weeks after posting my two cents here, I am at loss again. Noticed water dripping on the hardwood from inside the door... opened the door and see water coming from where the air duct connects to the fan assembly. Anybody has an idea about how water gets in the air duct? Thanks
UNHAPPY LG CONSUMER on November 15, 2010:
HERE'S A WEB SITE TO GO TO FOR A POSSIBLE CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT WWW.LIEFCABRASER.COM/FORMS.PHP?ID=520
WE ALSO HAVE A LG LDF7811WW DISHWASHER 5 YEARS OLD AND ARE READY TO REPLACE THE MOTOR ASSEMBLY FOR THE 4TH TIME. THANK GOD WE ALSO PURCHASED THE EXTENDED WARRANTY.
NOLG on November 08, 2010:
I bought an LG TV so went for the Stainless Steel LG Dishwasher. I'm getting the LE code also. Very infuriating on a washer that is a little over 1 year old. I'll never buy LG or Amana again. I thought I was going with a decent brand name in LG. Yes, I guess I'd buy the extended warranty on the dishwasher.....
Cat on November 07, 2010:
After several months of washing dishes by hand, we bite the bullet and are having our LG repaired. In the 4 years we've had the piece of junk dishwasher, this is the second time the LE code came on. This time we have to get a whole new motor. The cost is less than buying a new one, but next time(which if we're lucky it will work for at least a year) we'll get a new dishwasher. Never LG. IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING ABOUT LG--DON'T DO IT!!!!!
Thedog on November 02, 2010:
I too got the LE error. Read these postings and figured I'd pull the front panel off and check the wires. Sure enough, embedded in the black gooey insulation, I found three wires cut through the insulation to the wire and another wire that eventually split in to. I re-sliced the wires, now running like a champ.
Ted on October 26, 2010:
Avoid buying any LG Dishwasher. If you you must have one, buy the longest extended warranty you can... you'll need it.... and keep an old-fashioned dish rack under the sink because it's going to take a long time to get it repaired when it fails. Shoddy assembly and weak engineering of critical parts, poor materials and design of internal components. As per other comments: no parts available to servicing agents for long periods. Short 12 month warranty. First of three failures of my $1100 LDS5811WW dishwasher occurred immediately after installation. A cracked at the factory float-tank assembly leaked slowly while running. 4 months before repaired. 8 months later it started leaking while running again. I had the Home Depot do all the calling and it still took nearly 3 months before unit was replaced. 8 months later the replacement dishwasher is leaking and making grinding noises. Tiled floor is lifting and water stained kitchen cabinets are a result. Servicing agents are all at least an hour away and take a week to come by for first service call and then we wait for parts.... The worst appliance experience I've ever had. All I wanted was a quiet appliance, now I wish I had the 20 year old noisy one back.
Anita NJ on October 25, 2010:
I too have been experiencing problems with my LG dishwasher. Bought it 4.5 year ago. Module replaced twice already. Bad design causes the cables to overheat, stick to the insulation and brake. I will never buy any LG product even again.
Andrey on October 23, 2010:
I just got my LDF7810 fixed. The initial error code was E1 (drain problems). So I replaced the whole sump assembly. Turned dishwasher on, there is a new code - 1E(inlet problems). Replaced the inlet valve, to no avail. Found this forum and although people refer to LE error caused by fried wires, I decided to check into it. And what do you know, one wire was ripped completely, two were just about to go, and a bunch was "glued" to the foam. Once the wires were sorted and repaired with electric tape, the thing started working. The whole ordeal costed me two weeks of hand washing dishes and almost $200 in parts. On a bright side, half the machine is now brand new again, so I look forward to not fixing it for another 6 years.
I would not comment on LG support and manuals (it is all in other posts), but would suggest this: before doing anything or booking a sevice technician unscrew 12 screws that hold the door and take a hard good look at your wires. Electric tape maybe all you need to solve most of the error codes.
Jennifer on October 22, 2010:
We had a stainless LG dishwasher - the drain pump failed twice while under warranty. Then, it failed a third time just after the warranty ran out. We always rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but it didn't help this machine. We decided not to fix it the third time because LG wouldn't do it under warranty and would not replace the machine. It was ultra quiet. The quietest machine you could imagine. We replaced it with a Bosch which was supposed to be quiet. It was very loud and I hated it! We now have a GE which is not quiet and just started leaking.
Jen on October 12, 2010:
We bought an LG dishwasher 5 years ago - pump has failed twice. Won't bother replacing again. I see the reports of the pump being redesigned but how would I know for sure I was getting the redesigned pump? Going to get a different brand. Wish there was a class action suit...
Nicole on October 08, 2010:
Hate, hate, hate LG--I have owned the machine for nearly five years, was purchased after Katrina and sat until my kitchen was rebuilt. In that amount of time the
Machine has given the ominous codes twice, has been repaired and now as I type--cricket sound AGAIN!!! Bring on the suit!
Sheila on October 04, 2010:
LG5811 Purchased 5 Years ago before a site like this was established. Within a year I complained that it wasn't drying my tupperware on the top rack. The repairman came and before he did anything else, he took the door off and addressed the wiring problem (without mentioning why). Maybe this is why ours has lasted an incredible 5 years. Recently, it has started making a grinding sound - the repairman arrived, took it apart and found two gaskets not sealing. The unit above the motor blade was filled with a toxic smelling gunk. It's $370 to fix and we haven't even gotten the LE code yet. I recycle pop cans, cardboard, tinfoil and it sickens me to send this to the dump even if it will be recycled there. Won't be buy LG ever again.
Mick on September 16, 2010:
2007 LG LDF7811ST dishwasher. Just noticed the oak floor buckling. Water seems to be coming from left side but not necessarily the door? Brown goop inside bottom cover looks like molasses or coffee. We bought LG 2 door fridge and the basket rollers and covers are busted in one year. I guess I'm going to set up a test bed and see what/where it is leaking?
Nancy H. on September 11, 2010:
I hate my LG. Two motors, in two years. Dishes are dirty, glasses are cloudy. I hate the fact that I am replacing a two year old machine because it doesn't perform. Never, never again will I buy an LG applicance of any type.
Chris on August 30, 2010:
I have an LG dishwasher about four years old. The other day it came up with the OE code. It wouldn't do anything from then on except flash the error and beep. Rather than take it in for repairs which reading some of your comments is expensive, I fixed it myself. I pulled out the pump underneath and inside was a piece of glass which had jammed the pump impeller. Works fine now. So before you shell out a lot of money for nothing. It pays to check things like this. I'm not a tradesman. Just happened to have a day off. I think LG is about as good as any other product out there. They're all made in asia and nothing lasts forever. You could always go back to washing by hand.
Mark on August 22, 2010:
I bought all new LG Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer and all of them have had issues. The dishwasher had the LE code and the lower rack has rust all over it. The Refrigerator has been fixed 4 times and replaced once in 3 years. The washer has had codes show up and stop working mid cycle many times as well as needing rair for the soap drawer getting stuck. The dryer has made a clunking noise on and off from about a month in. I feel like a complete sucker for giving them about $5000 for this crap.
Matt on August 19, 2010:
We built our house in 2001 and installed a Sears Kenmore (but built by Whirlpool or another of the big makers per our maintenance man. It only lasted two years before the motor went belly up. That revealed extensive additional problems so we bought an LDS5811ww as a replacement in about 2003. It has worked flawlessly for the past seven years. No rust, no error codes, no draining or motor problems. Our five year old LG washer and dryer have also performed flawlessly, although the front of the dryer has a strange dent in the right front panel that we didn't notice until we had had it for nearly a year. Can't figure out how or why, but suspect Bob Kay snuck in here out of spite (see comment from 20 months ago). My only issue with the LG LDS5811ww? After 7 years two small plastic arms broke and allowed the adjustable glasses holder to moved too freely. Still fully functional, but I wanted to fix it. Took me five minutes to find the parts online, in stock, and ordered. Have had great experience with LG.
Frank on August 17, 2010:
Have had a LDF 6810ST dishwash for two plus years and it only worked for six months then the "LE" error code not listed in manual. After numours calls to LE I finally got an explaination of a motor fault and needed replaced. After purchase of a new Whirlpool unit the LG sat for almost two years and replaced the motor from RepairClinic .com....still didn't work and "LE" error code. Then I found this site and I thought I was the only one dissatisfied with LG.....WOW. I did find the gray wire melted into the black insulation of the door and another purple wire hanging by a thread. Solder and heat shrink tubing put it back in business although the poor performance in washing and 2 hour cycle still still sucks along with the way LG has handled the issue. My last LG product..........DON'T BUY LG is my advice.
DRM on August 08, 2010:
In agrrement LDS5811WW unit. LG should stand for LOOKS GOOD. Never cleaned the dishes well 2yrs on grinding noise started then the mysterious LE fault (not listed in the manual) found black gunk like mollases under the unit and am pretty sure the motor is burnt out. Boy it sure looks like a quality product, but looks are decieving.
TammY on August 05, 2010:
Purchase LG Dishwasher about 2 months ago, have had nothing but problems. System show error code and clogging the discharge line. Repair guy state that it is my fault for not rising my dishes.
Fred on August 04, 2010:
FYI I just watched a CTV review on dishwashers. 23% of LG owners had a major problem in the first year of ownwership!
No other brand even came close to this failure rate. All I can say is bring on the class action, I'm in.
Fred on August 04, 2010:
I cannot say loudly enough DO NOT BUY LG.
Our LG top of the line stainless dishwasher is very quiet and washes well when it works. However in 4 years of ownership it has been replaced twice, the pump has been done EVERY YEAR, every single rubber piece has disintegrated, the door seal has had to be replace 3 times and now is no longer available, everything plastic is falling apart. The machine has become useless. Much like the consumer support that LG offers. LG claims that we use the washer excessively, we are a family of three and it runs less than once a day. The only help from LG required the services of a lawyer when our kitchen was destroyed by flooding on two separate occasions. Our 14 year old Magic Chef is still going strong with no repairs at all!
lawrence black on July 12, 2010:
LG is the biggest suck job that ever hit this continent...I definitely want part of a class action suit against these fraudulent bimbos.....
Carolyn on July 07, 2010:
I have an LGLDF6810WW dishwasher I purchased on 11/23/07. A few days after the warrenty ran out I had a weird cricket sound - called repairman but they could not find anythign wrong with unit. Well it is now dead in the water. I paid $49.95 to find out it will cost $428.00 to get the sump pump replaced. I sent two emails to LG and of course I have not heard from them. The sad thing is I have also replaced all appliances with LG except the fridge. I will never buy another LG product nor will I recommend it to anyone. I plan to purchase a Whirlpool or Kitcheaid but never LG. The sorry builders grade dishwasher was better than this piece of junk.
Toddd on July 05, 2010:
Ditto on all this purchased a LG dishwasher and fridge, nothing but problems, dishwasher doesn't drain, on my second pump. Fridge doors will not seal tightly. Will not pruchase LG anything again.
Barb on July 03, 2010:
My LG LDS5811WW/02 is about 1.5 years old. It has NEVER cleaned the dishes since day one. After 2 phone calls to LG, they finally found a repairman in our area who came and looked at it then proclaimed it was working the way it was supposed to. The small leak in the front left corner has been continuous since the beginning. It was a difficult unit to install and took some creative thinking on my husband's part to get it into the same space that our old dishwasher was in. We should have kept the old one. It was noisy, rusted out, and a cheap dishwasher to start with but at least it cleaned the dishes. This new LG cost about $1000 but has never cleaned the dishes and never dries them. Sure it's quiet but who cares if it doesn't do the job? I hate it and will NEVER buy another LG product again!
Abdul on July 02, 2010:
I am the unfortunate owner of LG 6810ww - my advice please do not ever buy, recommend or use anything from LG ever again - this unit has cost me more that half it's price in repairs even with parts covered by LG , just the repair costs and then in the end leaked and has damaged by hardwood and the basement - wish I could give LG a piece of my mind - on hold with the customer service right now as I write this note.
zrdb on June 17, 2010:
I'm an appliance technician by trade and I would never buy one for myself or recommend one to anyone. It's been my experience with LG and Samsung that both brands are overly complicated and undependable. When repairs are needed nightmares ensue-parts are hard to get and expensive compared to other brands. Buy one at you own risk!!
MoMo70 on June 14, 2010:
WoW!!! I'm learning alot about the electronics & appliances we purchase. I had & still have a LG dishwasher (mod: LDF6810ST)it is now a large decoration in my foyer. I made the mistake of purchasing another LG because, well, we just got tired of washing dishes. Not to mention the water bill went up. So, my story is as follows: Purchased the LG in April 2007 for I don't know about $1100 bucks. I'm not going to lie, the washer was used. Then right around July/Aug 2009 the machine give us a error of "LE." So, we contacted the warranty section and come to find out the warranty has expired on the motor(18months). Oh, "LE" is code for motor failure or something. So, I have totally paid approx $1700 buck toward LG products. Bummed in Da Bay......
Joyce on May 20, 2010:
May 20, 2010 = I too have bought LG products all 5 years ago - Fridge was replaced by Future Shop in 2008, W & D, Dishwasher. My dishwasher has 3 problems already. The latest being not getting the dishes clean. The detergent falls out the container and sits there. I then do another cycle to see if that works. NO. Service person will be out on Tuesday. After these, I will not be purchasing anymore LG. LG should stand for Lotsa Garbage!
Jim on May 11, 2010:
I have the LDS5811 and got the error code LE. After researching it, decided to take off the front cover (the 3 screws closest to the unit on each side of the door). The black insulation was stuck to the white insulation, so be careful pulling it out.
As others found, there was a purple wire split in 2. I soldered them back together (perhaps overkill, but better safe than sorry), taped them up and the unit works fine.
Grills Guy from Santa Cruz on May 04, 2010:
Seems to be some problems with this dishwasher...
doug on May 04, 2010:
I just installed a LDF6920BB dishwasher & a LSC 27921SB fridge. hope i have good "luck"! thinking of seeing if i can get an extended warranty. true- dishwasher doesn't clean very well at all. any advice would be appreciated.
Cat on April 29, 2010:
I also bought a LG Dishwasher 3 years ago. After 1 year the LE Light went on and it was under warranty-so we had to pay for labor and not parts. Well, this morning the same thing happened. If we all have this problem it must be how they make these dishwashers. I'm sure we all paid the extra money for these machines thinking they were top quality, only to find out they are awful. Should have bought something else.
kiteman on April 27, 2010:
I have bought the top of the line dishwasher and it crapped out 3 month after, i took it apart, found all the seals blown, then ordered new seal, ..............anyways i had the freaking dishwasher apart about 10 times already because of different issues.
I WILL NEVER EVER BUY ANOTHER LG PRODUCT!
Our whirlpool was amazing!
Im back to bosch Germany, or aeg, or gorenje, which is special order from Europe. Wanna live a happy life? Get everything eurpean.
Eg, coffee grinder, braun, made in mexico, ended up in the garbage, the motor fell out the bottom after 2 month.
Coffee maker Philips, made in Holland, its been working fine the last 10 years. See.
Roy on April 16, 2010:
I have an LG LD-14AW2 dishwasher, which just caught FIRE! If we were not home who know what would have happened!! Beware!!
Betsy on April 15, 2010:
I bought a LG LDF7932ST two months ago, and I have never hated an appliance so much in my life. I had a 12 year old Bosch that worked like a dream, and we only got this new one because we thought "it was time" for a new one and this high end, top of the line LG went on sale.
The first time we ran the dishwasher, everything was filthy. When we realized that the "Energy Star" washer did NOT HAVE A HEATING ELEMENT for the wash cycle (and only uses the hot water coming in), now we have to run our hot water for 5 minutes to get it up to temperature, to only HALF WAY clean the dishes. They still aren't all entirely clean! How is that possible?? Then it took 3 hours to do a heavy duty wash... how is that saving energy when I have to run my water for 5 minutes every night and then it takes 3 hours to do the cycle?? In addition to that, the wheels keep coming off of the bottom rack that rolls, and the silverware rack already cracked and has knives slipping through the bottom.
I am 1 day away from being able to return this piece of junk. Even though I have to pay a 15% restocking fee, it is worth it to no longer own this crap. After seeing all these posts, I am so glad I am getting it out of my house! I'd rather do all of my dishes by hand than own it. DO NOT BUY LG DISHWASHERS!! They are horrible!!!
michael on April 15, 2010:
I got an LG diswasher 3 years ago,first LE error message after 3 months, replaced the pump under warranty,two weeks ago again LE massage, replaced the pump again but not under warranty, yesterday I found a leak and call LG, they said I have to replace the door gasket, the floor badly damaged because of the hidden leak.
LG is a mess, I will never buy anything LG again.
Sue on April 06, 2010:
Same sad story as most of the others here. Our dishwasher worked great for almost 4 years. But then it flashed the "HE" (heating circuit failure) code. The repairman found the wires and control board melted together - he had to replace the wire harness (not under warranty, of course) and the control board. Worked well for 3 months, happed again. Now the unit won't even run on any cycle. A $900 piece of junk! The LG service people have been useless - I guess I'm out the money, but you can better believe there will never be another LG appliance in my house!