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Oven model RBS245pd86

After doing a "Self-clean" the oven bake temperature reading can not be raised higher than 350 degrees. Thied resetting, opened braker at braker box and reset but no change. The broil temperature appears to be working normal. I suspect the theromstat but I'm not one for troubleshooting by removing and replacing parts. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  • LADYFLOWER24 Nov 15, 2008

    This has happened to me too! I cleaned my oven. Oven seemed to be fine when I went to increase temp it goes down not up! Timer does not work and I cannot change the time on the clock. Help!

  • mindykbosu Dec 10, 2008

    I have the EXACT same issue!

  • pjgbweber Dec 17, 2008

    I have the same problem

  • kenhewa Mar 05, 2009

    I have the same problem
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After cleaning the oven the bake temp would not go any higher than 350. when you press the temp button to go lower or higher it only go down. could you tell me what is wrong or what to do.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

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    Stuart Moon Nov 05, 2013

    I have the same issue

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