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Older Kenmore oven- door locked by itself

We have an older Kenmore gas/electric oven. The door locked during the night and it keeps making a clicking noise. Self-clean was not set. We unplugged it and it came right back on. On the LCD panel "lock" keeps flashing. Please help.

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Wanna say you have a faulty latch/self clean assy. however the erc( lcdd panel could also send eratic power supply to latch mechanism)

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Did the self cleaning. Now it has a F 3 code & door will not unlock.


  • Check warranty to make sure it has expired.
  • Disconnect power for 30 seconds and see if oven will reset the electrical lock.
The following link describe for Kenmore several procedures to disengage the electrical lock securing the door.

It is unfortunate that during the self cleaning cycle the stress levels at the elevated temperature premature failure appears to occur.
How to Clear the Oven Lock Mechanism on Kenmore Stove

The F3 error is most likely the temperature sensor that protrudes into the oven near the top usually on the left. Don't be confused there can be two probes that enter the oven. One is the over temp like not to exceed type of switching device and the other is the actual sensor that maintains the temperature at the set point.

There is a procedure to replace this sensor from inside the oven. I have had only limited success doing this repair in ovens from the front. Newer ovens are equipped with a plug that is easier. In all cases ensure that the plug is pushed through away from the oven wall. In older ovens I have had to pull the built in ovens to accomplish the work from the back to ensure a good connection using wire nuts... The sensor in the second photo does not have a plug so small wire nuts that will fit through the back of the oven are used.
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26060093-3hiy01xauopzuspf4owyz2yd-3-2.jpg This second link is a suggestion that the use of the self clean feature is a concern, On two occasions I have had oven problems right after using the self clean cycle.

http://www.thekitchn.com/why-you-should-almost-never-use-the-self-cleaning-function-of-your-oven-175110

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How do I fix an oven lock on a self cleaning Kenmore built in dual ovens? The oven locked up during a clean oven cycle and will not unlock.


Some ovens will not open unless the clean button or knob is set to Clean. Make sure you are trying to open in correct direction. Try turning it on and off and press down on the latch while trying to open. I would not use a crow bar, this can be done. If you unplug it and wait for it to reset after about 30 seconds it might let go. Just keep playing mine stuck once and it was because I flipped the clean switch off an turning it back on ready to start the cycle pulled back on it and it opened. Oh I remember my neighbor had a older style dial clock and she set the clock for a certain time to stop and the door would not open until she ran the clock to that time spot. Hope this helps. I wish I knew how to open it from the electrical side but I dont.

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Verify that the Whirlpool oven is connected to its power source. The oven may sometimes lock down if experiencing a power surge or similar electrical problems. Additionally, check that a fuse hasn't been blown in your home's fuse box. Some older homes may not have the proper wiring to support a high-powered appliance such as a Whirlpool oven. If you are not sure if your wiring is sufficient, consult a local electrician.
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    After unplugging, allow the oven cooling down for few hours.

    If the is still locked, then the high temperature generated in self cleaning cycle may have damaged temp probe, door latch, or electronic control.

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    Call Kenmore at the number listed on the owners manual.

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