Question about GE Spectra JBP78 Electric Kitchen Range
About an hour into the self-cleaning cycle, the oven made a loud pop, a bright light and then a red glow. Smoke billowed out of the knob area. We unplugged it and let it cool down. The bottom element cracked off and nothing works now. No lights, no burner heat, no clock, nothing. Is it toast or should we call a repairman?
I would recommend calling a repair shop first to see what it could cost to fix it. You're probably going to be better off buying a new one, depending on the age of the one that did the major melt down.
From the sounds of it, it did probably burn out most of the major controls in the oven.
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
If your range/oven doesn't seem to work at all, check these:
Fuse/circuit breaker Check to see if power is getting to the range/oven. Does anything turn on--even a light? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
Main wiring Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the range/oven, gets burned and so breaks the connection. Then you may have to replace the power cord to the range/oven, and the terminal block that the wire is attached to.
Range/oven wiring There may be a broken or burned wire at the back of the range/oven. If you repair any of the wires, use only proper appliance-grade wire and wire connectors.
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR RANGE / STOVE / OVEN?
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There's an error code on the digital display
It's stopped completely
It won't bake
It bakes poorly
It won't broil
A burner doesn't work
A burner works only intermittently
I can't adjust the burner temperature
It won't bake or broil
The clock stopped
The temperature is wrong
The oven light doesn't work
There's a self-cleaning problem
The oven door won't close
An indicator light doesn't work correctly
The oven is hot on the outside
I see sparks!
The drip pans need replacing
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Hello - Before using the self-cleaning cycle of the appliance, remove the broiler pan and any utensils stored in the appliance. Also remove any excess spillovers in the oven cavity. Allow the oven to cool before cleaning. During the self-cleaning cycle, the outside of the wall oven can become very hot to the touch.
Typically to set the controls for a self-clean the first step is to confirm that the clock shows the correct time of the day. Press CLEAN. "---" appears in the display. Press the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW once. "3:00" appears in the display for a 3 hour cycle. To change to a 2 hour cycle press DOWN ARROW"2:00" appears in the display. As soon as the controls are set, the motor drive lock will begin to close automatically and the "LOCK" indicator light will flash. DO NOT open the oven door while the light is flashing (it takes about 15 seconds for the over door to lock). "CLn" will appear in the display during the Self-Clean cycle and the "LOCK" light will glow until the Self-Cleaning cycle is complete or cancelled and the oven temperature has cooled.
When the Self-Clean cycle has completed, the time of the day or "End" will appear in the display window and the "Clean" and "LOCK" light will continue to glow. Once the over has cooled down for about 1 HOUR and the "LOCK" light has gone out, the oven door can be opened. If "End" is the display and the Clean indicator light remains ON, press CLEAR/OFF. The time of the day will appear in the display.
If it becomes necessary to stop or interrupt a Self-Cleaning cycle, press CLEAR/OFF. Once the oven has cooled down for about 1 HOUR and the "LOCK" light has gone out, the oven door can be opened. Restart the Self-Clean cycle once all conditions have been corrected.
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