How To Fix LG Washer Error Code CL?

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LG Washer Error Code CL

Ah! Life is definitely good when you have a piece of technology with the brand name LG. It should suffice to say that the users of LG will never stop recommending you the brand because they fall in love every single time they see how much further the technological advancements have come when it comes to the devices manufactured by LG.

People have made LG reach the point where is the most recommended brand for a lot of techs but in this article, we are going to discuss in particular the LG washers or more commonly known as the washing machine.

Most of the time, the machine works flawlessly, and hardly any servicing is needed. This is what makes it a fan favorite but sometimes this perfect streak breaks and you might see an error code on your near-perfect washer.

In this article, we will discuss how to fix LG Washer error code CL. We will also discuss if this is an error at all or if you are misunderstanding a feature as an error. 

We will then discuss why you are looking at this code flashing on your washer before discussing how to bypass it and get the washer to function.

So, let’s dive in.

What does code CL mean on an LG washer?

Let us first answer the most important question before we jump to the solutions to fix this ‘Error’.

Is this even an error or is this an important and useful feature that we are understanding as an error due to our ignorance?

Well, in some cases ignorance is bliss but in this case, when your control panel on the LG washer is jammed, it is certainly more trouble than bliss. We will enlighten you and get rid of your ignorance by explaining this code.

The code CL on an LG washing machine means that the Child Lock feature is turned on. If the model that you have is not equipped with the Child Lock, then you can also understand this as Control Lock.

This can be both a blessing and a curse depending on your situation but it is definitely not an error unless you have accidentally turned this on and it is now hampering your washing machine function.

In the next section, let’s discuss why this could happen.

Why does LG Washer Error Code CL appear?

We have already established the fact that this code does not signify any error on your LG washing machine. It is instead a useful feature if you know how to use it to your advantage.

It can still be very unnerving to see that the code is flashing on the small window on the LG washer and the control panel is jammed. 

Here are a couple of reasons that this could happen to you.

  • You accidentally turned on the Child Lock or Control lock
  • You turned on this feature sometime in the past and forgot to turn it off.

When we think about how this could pop up without your knowledge, these are the only two reasons that come to mind.

How To Fix LG Washer Error Code CL?

Ya, we have mentioned that this is a useful feature but what to do when you are standing with a huge laundry basket in your hands and you have no idea how to unlock the control panel of the machine?

This will be the moment when you will feel like throwing the laundry pile on the floor and crying but we have a list of solutions for you.

Fix 1: Disable the Child Lock

If you have a model that has a dedicated Child lock button, then here is how you can turn it off.

  • Locate the Child Lock button on your machine.
  • Mostly, this button will be labeled as CL or a baby face will be printed on the button. This is the button we are looking for.
  • Press and hold this button for about 3 seconds and the control panel will be unlocked.

Fix 2: What to do when the model that you have does not have a button for the Child lock?

When you have a model that is not equipped with the child lock button, there are three different ways that you can turn this off without the use of the Child Lock button.

Here are the options that you can try.

The Soil button

  • Locate the Soil button on your LG washing machine.
  • Press and hold the soil button for three seconds just like you would do with the child lock button in the earlier case.
  • Release the button and the code should go away.

The Prewash button

  • Locate the Prewash button on the washer.
  • Press and hold the Prewash button on the washer for three seconds
  • Release the button
  • Now the code should disappear

The Temperature and options button

  • Locate the temperature and the options button on the LG washer.
  • Press and hold both the buttons at the same time.
  • Release after three seconds.
  • The control panel will now be unlocked and you will be able to use the washing machine.

These are the options that prove most useful when you are using a top loading model rather than the front loading model. The difference is that the front-loading models have more options and features than the relatively older top-loading versions.

Fix 3: Contact the customer support

LG has a very supportive and highly responsive customer support team. If you have taken into account all the solutions that we have listed above and still could not get the error code eliminated, then you should contact the support team.

This is highly recommended in the cases where your product is covered under the warranty so that if there is some severe issue, you are entitled to a replacement product or free technical assistance depending on what your warranty covers.


There is hardly any situation that will cause you to get in serious trouble with LG products. The company has a reputation for having the best customer satisfaction score when it comes to the competition in the market.

In this article, we have discussed the code CL that is used to denote that the child lock feature is turned on. We have mentioned the ways that you can bypass this code and use your washer.

We hope that this article provided you with better insight into the code and you are relieved with the result. Keep in touch for more technical advice.

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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. She publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.