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Poltergeist in my oven!

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ggg

Hi folks, this is a strange one. This started for no reason this week.

We have a Frigidaire gas/range, Model: FGF367CGSC.
When we turn on a gas top burner, the Door Lock cycle begins and doesn't end (open/close,open/close....). That is the door lock motor gets engaged, slowly slides the lock into the lock position, then retreats back to the unlock position and this cycles continues.

What on earth could be causing this? and how do I fix it?
Cheers,

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Quick

If it started for no reason. ( That is you never put it in self clean) I'd think you have a haunted control board.

PHD in PCM says replace the PCB.

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ggg

Thanks Quick,

Correct, I never put it in self-clean. some questions:

  1. pardon my ignorance but what is "PHD in PCM..."?
  2. In case I inadvertently put it in self clean but don't recall, would this make a difference in the recommended solution?
  3. Someone mentioned it could be a loose/bare wire from the burner switches/knobs interfeering and starting the motor... since it only occurs when the stovetop burners are turned on.

PS. The locking mechanism doesn't engage for only one cycle. Turns out it continues endlessly until i either disconnect the stove or open the door, press the door switch, force an full close/open cycle then close the door.

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Quick

Means I have a PhD in being a parts changing monkey.

Sounds like a borked board with a stuck relay to me. 

Who knows for sure?  It's haunted.

 

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ggg

Hahaha! got it, thanks.

If anyone has other suggestions to this oddball problem, I'm all ears.

Cheers,

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evaappliance

What quick said will be right 🤗

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Quick
20 hours ago, ggg said:
  • 20 hours ago, ggg said:

     In case I inadvertently put it in self clean but don't recall, would this make a difference in the recommended solution?

    Yes I suppose it could. Find the latch motor and check the two micro switches mounted on it.

  • Inadvertently? Hum. That's even more creepy.

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ggg
34 minutes ago, Quick said:

Yes I suppose it could. Find the latch motor and check the two micro switches mounted on it.

thanks Quick... Good. I'll check this.

By "inadvertently", I meant, it's possible I pressed the self-clean button by error. Our panel is no longer legible due to the deterioration of the clock overlay over time/use.  It's $100 for this part here in Canada so we haven't replaced it. the downside is we can no longer read most of the labels. Poor engineering of this part IMO. \

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Ian B

Most likely the board but could be a faulty switch on the door lock mechanism. Looked up the parts they are both no longer available. 

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ggg

Thanks for looking up the parts Ian. Much appreciated.

When in this situation, do folks simply toss their oven?

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Ian B

Check eBay or online for parts if you’d like it repaired. Other than that you’d have to replace the oven. 

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KaveMan

Exorcism...

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Bintiwangu
On 1/12/2019 at 3:46 PM, ggg said:

... Our panel is no longer legible ... we can no longer read most of the labels. Poor engineering of this part IMO. \

 I agree with you wholeheartedly ggg.

But on the other hand it may be, "great"engineering- if it's intentional/planned obsolescence.

 In which case it ought to be mean jail time! At any rate, if you can't find the parts to fix it; I hope you're not too attached to it and are glad to get a newer one. 

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ggg

:)

Yes Bintiwangu, built-in obsolescence is a short-term view adopted by some companies... customers eventually catch on and switch brand. "Once bitten twice shy" comes to mind.

Oddly, the issue hasn't reoccurred. I'm truly stumped. I haven't done anything except gently moved the oven to unplug it. Perhaps enough to jiggle a wire? Who knows?

I'll be using the oven tonight so we'll see if the mystery returns.

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strumpfman

If it happens again and you never use the self cleaning option I suggest you simply disconnect the  wires to the small

motor that pushes a bar to lock the door. This way it will not happen again for sure. Cheap solution just make

sure to insulate the 2 wires thoroughly!!!!

 

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ggg

Thanks Strumpfman... wouldn't you know it, it occurred again this morning, out of the blue, I hadn't event touched the appliance in any way.

I like your suggestion though. As obvious as it is, I hadn't thought of it. Thanks for not assuming I would know. Much appreciated.

If it happens one more time, and there are not other suggestions, that's what I'll do as I don't expect to use the self-cleaning feature.

Cheers,
G

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