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Kenmore oven - will not heat on bake / will heat on broil

My 14 yr old kenmore oven (model 46540) will not heat on ''bake'', but the top element will heat on ''broil''. When I set the preheat, it will indicate that the oven is preheated after only a few seconds (but, in fact, it is not preheated - because the elements never get hot). Also, I am getting an ''F2'' Error message.

Does anyone know what the F2 error message means?

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Its your temp sensor. replace it and it should fix ur prob
F2=overheat
is your bottom element connected?

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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