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SF357BEHW doesn't work on bake mode

Hi and thank You in advance . When I put the oven on bake mode, adjust the temperature ,and press start , the display starts counting down from 12 minutes , and nothing happens .
The oven works on broil mode fine .
I unpluged the stove from the outlet , waited for a few minutes , pluged it in back , and I saw on the screen " PF " . Is this normal ?
Any ideas ?

Thank You again ....

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  • iceberg512 Feb 25, 2009

    Thanks in advance, but we've had the same problem. When I set the oven to 'bake' and set the temp, our preheat timer starts at 12:00min. (When usually the standard preheat time for 350 degrees is 10min.). Now when our timer comes on, our oven never turns on i.e. we can not hear the igniter or the gas turn on. Our oven still works normally on the 'broiler' setting and when using the stove top too. Please help asap................ we need brownies: D!!!!!!!!


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SOURCE: Oven stopped 5 to 10 minutes after pressing START

sounds like a wiring problem check your power source

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The issue can either be a bad electronic control/clock assembly or the oven temperature sensor (probe) has gone bad. To solve this issue start by checking the oven temp. sensor for 1100 ohms, if the rating is more then 1100 then it is the sensor that is bad & if the rating is around 1100 then it is the board that is bad & should be replaced. Hope this helps...


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