Question about Frigidaire FEF336BC Electric Kitchen Range
My new name is MopperLocker...
I created the same issue when I was mopping my kitchen floor and I somehow, accidentally, flung my elbow against the door, rendering it locked... I was quite chagrinned, and informed my beloved (and heroic) husband, Bill, of the fact.
But I digress... Mostly because my BAHHB had absolutely nothing to do with fixing the problem...
Here are two methods of fixing it:
1) Purchase a new oven - one without a lock.
2) Unlock the door - Here's how:
a) Grabbing the handle, push the door in (like you are trying to force the thing all the way to the garage through the wall).
b) While doing this, hold down the clear/off button until the "door lock" light starts to blink like you are choking off the electricity that keeps it lit.
c) (This is the tricky part) Repeat step 2 - I mean "b" - until you really have killed the light, and the appliance gives off an audible clicking sound, signifying that it has been rendered open-able again.
Now you can open the door and pull out the ham you were baking before it begins to rot. And smell bad.
Posted on Sep 20, 2008
Oh my god THANK YOU. ,Somehow I had already fixed this once by accident have no idea how it happened either time. LOL. BUT I do know that I was in a panic ready to go buy a greaser whatever to boil the turkey.
Anyway .. I had my son shut down my computer and he had just finished that when I came back to THANK YOU.
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
SOURCE: Self clean oven door lock
The oven door lock needs approximately 1 hour to cool down before the oven door can be opened after a self cleaning cycle has finished. If the lock does not open after the oven has cooled down, you can try....1) Unplugging the range or shut off the circuit breaker for 5 minutes. Plug the range back in or turn on the circuit breaker. Set the clock and try moving the door lock lever or opening the door. 2) Set the self-clean cycle again and only allow it to work for 15 minutes. Cancel the self-clean cycle and allow the oven to cool. Gently try moving the door lock lever or opening the door.
Most ranges today use 3 different types of door locks...one is a solenoid controlled lock ( you hear a loud buzz noise when setting or unlocking the lock and has a arm that you must move to set the lock )...another is a heat sensitive lock ( has a arm that you must move to lock and un-lock, makes no noises and has a spring that slowly moves to lock the door will the oven is heating up )...Some locks are motorized ( no handle to move, the motor locks the door by it's self when you set the range for self clean )... If the motorized and heat sensitive locks fails to open after the self clean cycle, you must access the lock and move it yourself to open the door. On the free standing ranges, most times you must lift the cook top to access the lock mechanism. On built in ovens, the oven must be pulled out to remove the top access panel to get at the lock mechanism. Some build in ovens can have the control console removed to access the lock system. On the heat sensitive style of lock, there are no electrical parts to operate the lock, usually you will need to replace the lock. On the motorized style of lock, you will have to use a ohm/volt meter to test why the motor will not work. On the solenoid style of lock, the solenoid is often mounted on the back of the range and can be accessed by removing the rear panel, some may be mounted at the front, such as in a built in oven. The failure of the solenoid style of lock is normally caused by a bad lock solenoid In order to get your door open, you must operate the door latch mechanism manually. Unplug or remove power from the range. Take the rear cover off the range. Locate the door latch assembly and operate it manually and open your door. Then check continuity of the solenoid. Some of the latch assemblies have micro switches to supply power also. You may need to check them. You should be able to get the door open and use your range until you can get a tech to repair if you can not repair yourself.
If you've interrupted the clean cycle or have accidentally set the clean cycle with the oven door open, the latch may have engaged and now the door can't be closed because it will hit the latch. There may be a door activated* switch on the front face of the oven. In this case you may need to manually press that door switch with your finger while at the same time canceling the clean cycle to get the latch to retract so the door can close fully again.
*On -some- Frigidaire built ranges, the switch is located behind the right hand side panel and activated by the right hand door hinge. On this model, the side panel may need to be removed to access a malfunctioning door switch.
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
I had the same problem, and after about a month of troubleshooting, I finally found the problem. There is an overtemperature switch built into the electrical panel of the oven. Resetting this switch solved my problem.
To reset it:
TURN OFF THE POWER!
Open the door (if it is locked, turn the power back on and gently pull on the door every few seconds as the locking mechanism cycles until it is unlocked)
remove the 3 screws below the control panel (screws point upwards, with the head just inside the oven)
pull off the face of the control panel. Let it dangle by the wires so that you have access to the space behind it.
Within the electrical enclosure exposed by removing the control panel, Look for a small silver and black device with 2 wires attached to the back. The device is about .5" wide by 1" long and is attached with 2 screws to the sheet metal on the bottom of the electrical enclosure. Mine was located nearly in the middle of the electrical enclosure.
Push the tiny button on top of the switch. You should fee a click.
Reassemble and power up.
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
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