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When I press the AUTO CLEAN pad on my Whirlpool Stove the following appears on it cln hold and I cannot get it to start the self-cleaning process as the "cln hold" stays on a short time then it returns back to the clock and the time of day. How can I get my Auto Clean to start again? I am sorry but I have misplaced my instruction book.

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If this a relatively new oven it show have a self cleaning identification on the control area or panel. Just close & select self cleaning option should take about 1 1/2 - 3 Hours

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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Probably, in some models both the bake and broil come on to help it heat faster and hotter. In some units the self cleaning light will not come on until a certain temperature is attained. Are you setting the start time for right now, and the stop time for 2 to 3 hours from now?

Posted on Jan 28, 2010

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Usually a lever hidden right under the cooktop above the door that needs to be flipped to lock the door closed. then you set it to clean and let it go for hours.


Posted on Feb 27, 2010

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Hello there:Usually,
when an oven won't bake, it's because the bake element is burned out. The bake element is the black, pencil- thick tube at the bottom of the oven. When the oven heats, the element glows red. This element has an expected life-span of several years. It may last for only one; it may last for many more. When the element burns out, you need to replace it.

If the bake element is burned out, replacing it should solve the problem. Otherwise, you need to further troubleshoot the oven's electrical system to locate the defective wire or component. When the temperature is consistent but too high or too low, it could be one of several different things. First check to see if the thermostat sensing bulb has come loose from its holder. It could be lying on the floor of the oven or resting on the heating element. This would cause the oven to not heat correctly. bullet.jpg If the thermostat bulb is not dislodged, it's likely that the thermostat or sensor is either mis-calibrated or defective. bullet.jpg Electronic ovens with a digital display use a sensor to monitor oven temperature. To solve temperature problems for these models, you may need to replace the sensor. On some digital-display models, you can calibrate the temperature using the key pad. See your operator's manual for details. bullet.jpg Ovens without a digital display often use a mechanical system for controlling temperature. On many of these units, you can remove the thermostat knob and adjust the knob itself to more accurately represent the actual setting of the thermostat. bullet.jpg If, when you remove the knob, there's a screw on the back of it with a small calibration plate, you can loosen the screw, adjust the plate, then tighten the screw again. If the knob isn't adjustable, and the oven temperature is off by more than 30 to 40 degrees, you need to replace the thermostat to solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010

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Hi, the E1-F5 error code is a door lock error. It means that the oven is sensing that the door is not securely closed. Could be a bent latch or some other trouble. Unplug the range for 15 seconds and see if that clears the code. If it does not clear the code, then the Latch to the door, or switch is failing causing the error door message.

Troubleshooting the Oven...

  • Press "Off/Cancel" to clear the display, engage the door latch and try to turn on the self-clean cycle. If it works, it was just a momentary short. If the error code reappears, the problem could be either the door hinge assembly or the door latch.
  • Open the oven door as far as it will go, and close it slowly and smoothly. Try to wiggle the door side to side by tugging on the handle. If it does not move, the latch is the problem. If it does move, tighten the screws on the hinges located at the bottom of the door until they are secure.
  • Locate the door stop clip, a small piece of protruding metal immediately above the left door hinge. Inspect the clip for any twisting or foreign objects. Straighten a twisted clip with needle-nose pliers, remove foreign objects, and wipe the clip and both hinges clean with a damp cloth. If either door hinge is bent, replace both.
  • Close the oven door and engage the door latch. Press "Off/Cancel" to clear the error code, then try to start the self-clean cycle. If it works, you've fixed the problem. If the code reappears, the door latch assembly must be replaced. If your warranty is still valid, do not attempt any further repairs - contact a service center.
  • Unplug the oven and turn off the gas valve. Open the oven door and locate the screws that hold the control panel and cooktop in place. These are located inside the upper rim of the door stop. Remove these screws and lift the cooktop.
  • Look at the inside front rim of the cavity. If you see a lock mechanism with no wires, you can replace it yourself. If you do not see a recognizable lever assembly, or if the assembly includes a small black box with wiring, your oven has a special type of lock that requires certain equipment and training to service. Contact a repair center.
  • Remove the entire cooktop. On some models, it slides directly toward the front and lifts out, on other models, it tilts up and lifts out. Set it aside. Remove the screws holding the latch assembly in place, lift the assembly out and discard. Replace with a heat sensitive latch assembly for your model. Tighten screws securely, and test the latch before you replace the cooktop.
  • Place the cooktop back into position. Make sure the back portion is secure. Replace the front screws. Plug the oven back in, turn on the gas, engage the new latch, and try to run a self-clean cycle. If it does not work, or if the error code returns, contact a service center.

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PF means power failure and the control board should be replaced. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.


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    A. Disconnect power from unit.
    B. Check wires and connectors from control to door switch, then from door switch to control. If no damage to wires and all connectors okay, proceed to step C.
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    3. Measure door switch (door open = switch open small low voltage terminals). Replace switch if defective.
    4. Measure latch switch (unlatch = switch open, CAUTION - oven light contacts are closed). Replace switch if defective.
    5. If corrections are made in any step, reconnect power to control. Press and hold any key for 1 minute to clear R failure code from memory. F2 will appear. Press CANCEL and observe for 1 minute to ensure operation is correct.
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