Question about Whirlpool RF368 Electric Kitchen Range
When I had a similar problem, the door wouldn't unlock even after unplugging, waiting 30 minutes, and plugging the oven back in. I finally had to manually unlock the oven by turning the lock latch motor myself.
Here's a good page that describes what the lock latch motor looks like and where it's located. Of course, there is 220V current running around inside there, so please unplug before removing the back access cover and put it back on before plugging the oven back in.
Posted on Nov 27, 2008
Were you using the broiler or "bake" ? With an electric oven you have to broil with the door in the "broil stop" position or it will get too hot. Whirlpool models will lock the door and give an F-5 as a precaution.
If you were not using the broil and one of the elements wouldn't seem to shut off until unplugged then you may have had a stuck relay on the control board. If this is the case it may have started working "ok" but I'd be wary of it happening again and strongly consider replacing the control board. The relays don't "fix themselves".
BTW...in an case like this it's not always safe (or easy for that matter) to try to pull out an extremely hot stove to unplug it. Don't forget you can kill the power at the fuse or circuit breaker panel.
Posted on Jan 02, 2008
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