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My oven doesn't work

Hi,

I am having a problem with my Kenmore Electric Range
(model # C880.666530.J0)
The cook top seems to be working fine, but when I try to turn on the oven it will preheat for 1-2 minutes and then the display screen will flash all of it's lights and then will read "PF 9:13" until i push cancel. At that point the "PF" is cleared but the clock still reads "9:13" and continues telling time from this starting point. Can you guys diagnose this problem for me? It was suggested that I should replace the fuse, do you think this is the solution? If so, where do I find the fuse panel?

Thanks a lot for your help
Duncan

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PF probably means "Power Fail." Check your manual to see if this is true. It seems that there is a bad connection or wiring somewhere on the path to the range that is causing the voltage to droop under load. Ensure the plug for the range is firmly seated in the socket and make sure the plug feels like it is making a good connection and is not loose.

The fuse is likely located behind the back panel on the range. If you feel comfortable doing your own repairs, disconnect power from the range and remove the back panel. Locate the fuse, remove and inspect it. If the fuse is okay, re-seat it and try running the oven again. You can also check the line voltage while the oven is running with a volt or multimeter. If the voltage droops excessively while the oven is on, this indicates a bad connection or inadequate wiring. If the voltage is okay, the oven controller might be malfunctioning. If you aren't familiar with using checking the line voltage, you might want to call and electrician or appliance repair man. Is this range under warenty?


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