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Oven will not start, stove top works fine, possible lightning strike.

Our house was struck by lightning the other night, amoung other electrical devices, our oven will not work. When we push the start button the 350 degree temp shows up, then it goes to fault "f3e0". I can not find what this fault means. I suspect the control modual for the oven board is fried, the stove top works fine, so I don't suspect the regulator or igniter crcuit. What can we do? Thanks.

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When the oven safety valve refuses to open and let gas through, it's almost always because not enough current is flowing through the ignitor. Often an aging ignitor will appear to be glowing pretty brightly but still won't draw enough current to make the valve open. The first thing to try replacing is the ignitor.

You describe your ignitor as "red and glowing" but oven ignitors normally get a lot brighter than "red" -- well into what I'd call yellow.

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SOURCE: F2E1, F3E0 Error Codes

Believe it or not, but on my Whirlpool Estate (Model: TES400PXHQ0)....after reading about this error, I looked at the sensor, and I noticed it was touching the metal on the inside of my oven. I moved the sensor away just by pulling on it to the center of the hole that was cut out for it, plugged the oven in....and didnt get a code at all....not even the PF code. So, I tried the oven out....expecting for it to beep at any second, and it didnt!!!!

So, in conclusion.....I guess by the sensor touching the metal on the inside, it couldnt get an accurate reading, so the computer threw out the infamous F3E0 error.

I've had this oven for 4 months and always had to stare at the F3E0 display (it was donated to me). Thanks for all who had done the research on this to point me in the right direction, as Whirlpool wanted someone to come out at $60 just to come out, then $80/hr!

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SOURCE: Whirpool electric range - RF196LXMQ - Will not reach 350 degrees

When using Broil, it is normal for only the top element to work and it depends on the oven whether both should be on or not for baking but typically, baking does not use the upper element otherwise it could burn baked goods.
If setting the temperature higher than 350 does not cause the lower element to turn on, then it's likely that the thermostat has failed and can no longer respond to the temperature set.
The fact that both elements work under some conditions means that both of the heater elements are working at least some of the time. Because of the primitive nature of the elements, it isn't possible for them to just become 'weak' but they can interrupt themselves if there is a break in the resistance element but you could only separate the two possibilities by measuring the hot coil and that would be difficult unless you can pull the range out and access the AC feed lines that go to the element. Obviously, the power would have to be disconnected and the measurement done quickly so the element didn't have time to cool and regain continuity.

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SOURCE: Start Button Failed on Whirlpool Electric Range Model GY396LXPQ02

It sounds like you have an oven problem rather than a start button problem. Is there an error code? If so list your model and error code on a search engine and you will find error codes. Or you can just list make model number and error codes and you can find a chart of Whirlpool error codes. I have done this with no problem. That should tell you the exact problem and things to try.

It may be neither issue you mentioned. It could be a bad element or a short.

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