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Whirlpool RF368LXMQ Overheats; Displays F3E2

First saw F3E2 a couple of weeks ago, but did not initially notice any operational impact. Just tonight, oven beeped in alarm and quickly overheated burning the food. Is there a way to trouble shoot to determine if the problem is temp sensor, control board, etc. without just blindly replacing parts hoping to fix it?

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  • ejzero1 Jan 16, 2009

    Thanks for the quick response, Diane!

    Always best to start with the easiest and cheapest, I guess. Can you tell me exactly how to test the sensor? Pretty handy around the house, but this is my first go 'round with an oven.

    Thanks again!


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I'd start with testing the oven sensor that if that is bad it wont be horrible because you'll have no problem replacing it yourself less than $100. That is where I'd start let me know if it works. Good Luck.


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