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I have a 30" slide-in GE range - about 10 years old. The stovetop works fine but there's a problem with the oven. Occasionally the oven will lose all power. The display goes dark. The oven, if turned on, loses heat. When this happens, the stovetop still works fine. Eventually the power to the oven comes back on. The temperature needs to be reset as well as the clock. If the timer was in use, it's lost. The amount of time the oven stays out varies from a few seconds to maybe as much as an hour. It seems to be becoming more unreliable. Yesterday I was doing some baking and it went out about 6 times. I try pushing various buttons on the display but that doesn't seem to have any effect. Can you help?

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  • bee_harvey_n Sep 29, 2010

    What do you mean "ensure that oven bottom is securely seated in position"? Is that something that I can check? If so, how? Thanks for your reply!

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The chances are that various wire connections to this oven are corroded, or oxidized, and there for intermittent. The best thing to do is take it apart, and take off wire connectors, spraying some with electrical contact cleaner, and using some fine grit emory cloth on others you can get to. This could be an intermittent control, so spray the electrical controls with contact cleaner, also.
There could be a problem with the power supply also, which is usually on the control board. Capacitors (especially electrolytic) can dry up and go bad after a few years, and they will often swell up and crack. Look for oblong metallic cylinders that are suspect and replace them.
If you go to the following site and enter your exact model number, they may have diagrams and parts lists of your model. This will assist you in getting to things, and seeing how it comes apart. Here's the site:
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Good luck, and hope this helps.

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It is simply time for service. some connection has gone loose inside. ensure that Oven bottom is securely seated in position and that Electronic Controls set correctly. otherwise, Call for service

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