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The kenmore elite stove 790.9911 model that keeps flashing pf on all electronical displays. what's the problem?

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    Debbie Deeds Sep 17, 2010

    many thanks techman; I will try this out and let you how it goes. Thanks again, Debbie


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If you just turn one stove top and after a while it shut off and displays the code PF, meaning power failure.

That's strange, you didn't have a power outage. So if you go outside and check the breaker. Its not tripped. Then you start the stove again and it works normally. You continue cooking, and every thing is fine. The next week the same thing happens, PF. Each week this happens more and more.

You've had enough and call the repair man. No big deal, things break, you call the repair man, he fixes it and you're good to go. You can use a day off work. The repair man said he will be there first thing in the morning and you will have the rest of the day off. The man comes and says, you need a new main board, (they always say you need a new main board, more on that later).

Then he says, I'll need to order it. This is when you say @#$%. Now you have to take another day off work. Well, I guess if we have to we have to. So, you make another appointment, he installs the new board and you're good as new. Two weeks later the same thing happens. You say @#$% again only a little louder this time.

You make another appointment and this time the repair man gets the stove to display the PF code himself. He's stumped. He says that he replaced the main board, there's nothing more that it can be. He gets on the phone with tech support and they are stumped.

Now the repair man says that it must be something wrong with the power coming into your house. He suggests that you have an electrician come and take a look at the wiring in your house, and you do. The electrician comes to the house and sais something like, yeah you need a new "thermal-damafamick valve" and charges you whatever he thinks you will pay. That's all fine because now your dryer is fixed. Two weeks later it happens again. You say @#$% again and this time kick the stove. It turns out that the kick you just gave the stove fixes it just as well as the four other appointments the repair man made you take work off and wait for them all day did.

Now back to the main board. They always say it's the main board because most of the time it is. Yes, they are guessing that its the main board but most of the time it is so, they are ahead of the game if it works. If it doesn't work, then they get paid to come back out and guess, and fix it again.

Now for the fix. Its the thermistor. Sometime they is called Thermistor probe or just Probe

Definition of a thermistor.
therm·is·tor [th?r m?st?r] (plural therm·is·tors) noun
temperature-dependent semiconductor: a semiconductor device with a resistance that is very sensitive to temperature, resistance decreasing as the temperature increases

This little simple and inexpensive device simple regulates temperature kind of like a thermostat. Don't confuse it with a thermostat. You dryer also has a thermostat but the thermostat is not the problem. This part is located on the stove housing. Unplug the stove from the electric outlet so you don't electrocute yourself or others. Remove the two 1/4-in hex head screws, then remove the toe panel. Now you will see the stove housing. The thermistor is located on the top of the stove housing. I am pretty good seeing with my hands and was able to remove and replace the thermistor without removing any other parts. remove the wires from the thermistor. The wires slip on with a what is called a spade terminal. Don't worry what wire goes where, it does not mater in this case what wire goes to what terminal does not matter. Now you just need to remove the two 1/4-in hex head screws, remove the thermistor and reassemble in reverse order. That it, your finished in under an hour.

The part you need is under the name Frigidaire
Part # 318349900

You can ordered the part from if their is not any you can make a search with above code it cost about $19.95, $7.95 shipping and $1.62 tax.

It looks like flat plastic base oval 2x2 inch 1/8 thick and with two plug in the centre usually black or white

Good Luck

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