ok... I feel like I'm getting some antagonistic tone from the respondents thus far and I'm not sure why....
I went through the effort or registering and posting in an effort to provide some feedback and info to other people with similar issues in an effort to be helpful, but perhaps we can still get some value out of this post.
You guys obviously have a ton more experience than I do, but I'm scientific by profession -- my poor use of the word "charm notwithstanding. Maybe you can help explain what is actually happening and why/why not my solution is suboptimal.
So here are the facts:
1. I have a LG Front Load washing machine that is about 6 years old.
2. About 8 or 9 months ago, I had an issue where the machine had interior drum light on, but none of the panel was illuminated, and none of the buttons were responsive.
3. The only solution was to cut the power via the breaker (since the plug was inaccessible), at which point, I could run exactly one load, and then the machine would exhibit the problem of non-responding buttons and interior light illumination. During the first episode, the breaker switch hack was performed several times since it was the only way to operate the machine by my family.
4. I followed the procedure described in the ebay post
a. Cut the power to the machine
b. Press the Power button for 5 seconds
c. Press the Start/Play button for 5 seconds
d. Restore power to the machine
5. Machine operated as normal for 8-9 months, where it exhibited the same problem again.
6. I cut the power, restored the power, and it ran exactly one load again, then exhibited the problem again as it had in the past.
7. I followed the ebay procedure again, and the washer has been running as usual with multiple loads being run without the need to cut power.
So, those are the FACTS. I can't vouch for anything else. But what I listed above did happen as described. They are not "factually inaccurate".
This procedure seems to work with my sample size of 2 episodes (3 if you count the original poster). The procedure appears to do SOMETHING. Let's take that as fact as well, for the CURRENT state of my machine.
Here's what is just hypothesis or unconfirmed:
1. The procedure is a "reset" procedure
2. The poster's son works at a big box retailer
3. The fix is following the procedure
4. The cause is the hardware as described in previous posting
5. The "reset fix" is adequate
Do you guys want to take a stab what might be broken, and why the "reset fix" works, and what conditions would cause it not to work? And why the "reset fix" procedure does something that simply power cycling doesn't?