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Oven will not start, stove top works fine, possible lightning strike.

Our house was struck by lightning the other night, amoung other electrical devices, our oven will not work. When we push the start button the 350 degree temp shows up, then it goes to fault "f3e0". I can not find what this fault means. I suspect the control modual for the oven board is fried, the stove top works fine, so I don't suspect the regulator or igniter crcuit. What can we do? Thanks. Lighting struck close by. Blew all fuses. After checking system and replacing all fuses clock, lights, in and on the oven work. But there is no heat on top or oven. Ele co. checked box said it was the range. Range is older with no read outs but all points I check show current. Range worked fine before storm.

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Hi thom,

You are likely correct, you may need a new control panel, they are very sensitive to power surges. If you are handy you may be able to find one cheap online and replace it yourself, just be sure to unplug the stove or turn off the breaker before you work on it. if you have any questions on how to do that please contact me.

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