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Oven heat on even with all knobs turned off.

The Oven has not been used for two days. Before using the oven or surface units, the heating elements seem to be on "warm". I cut off the house breaker for the oven/stove & the heat was going away.

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  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    I have a ge electric spectra stove and when i turn on the stove it goes into self cleaning mode, locks the oven and cannot open it and it cleans until I turn off the breaker. and the oven part automatically turns on and will not go off, so i have to flip the breaker to turn it off.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    all knobs are in off position but oven light comes on with oven heating up then cuts off

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All I did was to turn "off" the Breaker, wait 2-3 minutes, then turn the Breaker back :on". It seems that cycling power did the trick. I guess the the "Brain" was out of sync.

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