Do not run oven Self-Clean cycle this close to Holiday
Posted 19 November 2006 - 06:21 AM
It's a day or two before a Major Holiday and the oven is looking a little crusty. So you decide to run the self-clean cycle. When you return to what you hoped would be a clean oven, you find a locked oven door and an error code on the display. Even if you can get a technician to your home before thanksgiving, it's likely he will not have the needed part. Your holiday dinner is now seriously screwed.
It is very common for a stove to fail during a clean cycle. The self-clean cycles generate interior temperatures in the range of 850 degrees F. That why the doors lock, if you were to open the door at 850 F, you would burn your eyebrows off. The clean cycle also uses parts and circuits that are seldom used. When you add the severe heat, you are subjecting the oven to the highest stresses it ever sees.
My rule is this..
If it is less than 2 weeks before a major holiday, do not use the clean cycle.
Tell your all friends.
You don't want to be microwaving Hotpockets for your holiday meal
Posted 19 November 2006 - 10:52 AM
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Posted 19 November 2006 - 12:56 PM
....but this is only the second time ive used the self clean the whole year (or since we bought it)
Posted 16 June 2007 - 01:58 PM
I really hate the week before Thanksgiving.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 07:18 AM
By the way ...we'll be BBQing out for the 4th, not using the oven. Happy F.O.J. to you all!
Posted 07 July 2007 - 12:46 PM
Wayne58, most people who run the clean cycle are not idiots. They are regular people who naively believe that their oven is well designed and will do what it is supposed to do.
Thanks to you great repair men and women the word is getting out!
Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:01 AM
Posted 23 October 2007 - 06:08 AM
I run a small appliance repair company in Los Angeles and every Thanksgiving we get dozens of "I can't get my turkey out of the oven" calls.
Like some of the posts above, I would stress not using your self-clean feature, or first learning how to use your oven, any time close to a major holiday. The parts needed to fix most self-clean repairs are expensive, non-universal, and therefore rarely stocked.
We get so many calls demanding we simply come over and get the door open that we have a handful of technicians that work on Turkey Day doing just that. Half of the customers will order the parts and fix their ovens but many simply pay us to get their food out and spend the weekend shopping for a new oven.
Be safe, be careful, be smart.
Posted 14 November 2007 - 10:22 PM
Posted 24 December 2007 - 11:44 AM
i live for the holidays and no mercy.
Currently serving EVERYTHING
Posted 20 January 2008 - 11:37 AM
We use the oven for bread, cookies and for covered dishes that just don't make much mess, so it doesn't need a serious cleaning very often, but we did end up replacing our (ancient...like 30 year old) Magic Chef range a few years back because I couldn't get it to unlatch after running the cleaning cycle. The unit itself was pretty darn clean, but I figured that since it was so old, and I was unaware of this place, it was ready for replacement. I replaced it with a second hand Kenmore, (ca. 1985, and 25 bucks at a thrift shop) which I am hoping will last until we are ready to remodel the kitchen in the next year or so.
Are we courting failure because we rarely use the self cleaning function?
Either way, if the latch does freeze up, is there a standard procedure for getting the latch to release?
Posted 21 January 2008 - 11:59 PM
Posted 16 November 2008 - 10:46 PM
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