Door Lock Or Interlock
The door lock, also referred to as an interlock, is a safety mechanism used on front load LG washing machines and on certain LG top-load washers that prevents the door or lid from opening when the machine is in operation. The lock system is comprised of an opening for the door as well as the door lock mechanism which is located in the back of the main top/door shroud/front panel. The lock mechanism comprises several switches, and typically an unlock/lock solenoid or a solenoid for the wax motor. When the cycle starts the washer control will activate the solenoid or wax motor of the lock to keep the door or lid from opening. When the cycle the control will either activate the solenoid that unlocks the door or will turn off the door lock’s wax motor. The deactivation or activation of the wax motor solenoid usually takes around an hour. The lock mechanism could be the cause if the door or lid isn’t opening when the cycle is over.
The majority of LG washers have a manual release to unlock the mechanism, allowing you to unlock the door or the lid. You will usually locate the release located at the door’s bottom lock, or, on specific models in the soap dispenser’s housing. How to check the LG door lock on a washing machine
- Disconnect your LG washer from its power source before beginning.
- Locate and clean your door lock , removing any film or other debris that may have accumulated. It is located under the lid, within the frame of the washing machine.
- If the issue continues If the issue persists, you may remove the door lock from your LG washer and examine it for cracking, damage or wear. You likely will need to remove all or part of the cabinet in the washer in order to remove the switch.
- If your switch exhibits any of these symptoms it is time to get an replacement door lock.
Door Strike & Catch & Hook
The door strike, commonly referred to as the catch or hook it is the safety mechanism that is installed on front-loading LG washing machines. It’s also it is used to open the lid switch of top load washers. The door hook on LG front load washers is used to lock and activate the mechanism. If the door hook becomes damaged, it may not be able to properly engage the door lock assembly, or it may not release quickly from the lock mechanism until the conclusion of the cycle.
The door strike or hook, is typically made from a tough plastic. It can be damaged through normal wear and tear or even if someone attempts to unlock the door when the lock is on. How to inspect the door strike on the LG washing machine:
- This is an easy inspection; no tools or disassembly is required.
- Locate your door strike. It’s located inside the door frame of your LG washer.
- Inspect the strike for any indications of damage or wear. Also, check the strike for indications of wear, cracking, or any damage.
- If you discover any issues while performing the checks above then you’ll need a LG replacement door strike.
Lid Hinge & Pin
Two hinges join the lid to top-load LG washers. These hinges can be made of metal or plastic, and eventually, they wear out from normal use. The hinges might be to blame for any difficulty opening the lid. Check the hinges and pins of your LG washer:
- It is necessary to expose electrical parts during this test. Before you begin, make sure you have disconnected the LG washer.
- Begin by lifting the lid and inspecting the lid hinges and pins to see if there are signs of wear, cracks or damage, or any dirt that may be clogging the hinges.
- Lift or remove the top part of the lid to examine every side of the hinges and pins.
- If you notice any issues in the above inspections you’ll require the LG replacement hinges on the lid..