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This means that the Control Panel is locked. This feature is useful when you are cleaning the range/oven's top and control panel. It also keeps small children from doing any damage pressing buttons on the unit when unsupervised.
Unlocking the control panel often depends on the make/model. Some ovens have a control lock key. With the cooktop and oven off (use the Cancel/off button if needed), press and hold the control lock key for 3+ seconds until you hear the beep. This toggles the control panel lock. If you continue to press the button, it will go switch states again. (On a ~10 year old GE Profile range, the button is labeled Lock Controls. This is to the right of the display on the lowest line of keys.)
Some ovens may toggle the control lock by pressing and holding Start for 5+ seconds. Often, the control lock button or keypad combination will be indicated by a note in a much smaller font on the control panel. If two buttons need to be pressed simultaneously, there will be a line between them with a symbol in that line.
Please add a comment with the make and model of your range for more information.
GE manufactures various models of microwaves with a range of features. Among them is a child safety feature that allows parents to lock the keypad. Though children can still open the door, the keypad lock prevents them from starting the microwave. The lock is in the form of a keypad code that renders the buttons inactive.
* 1 Press and hold the "Clear/Off" button on the microwave's keypad. * 2 Hold the button down for three seconds. * 3 Wait for the "L" on the keypad's display to disappear and display the time instead, signifying that the device is no longer locked.
This is usually a keypad stuck key error, usually caused by a bad keypad or sometimes caused by your control board.
F7 usually means a stuck key on the keypad. I've also seen it caused by a greasey buildup on the keypad connector into the control board. Try pressing each button on the keypad followed by cancel. See if the buttons are registering with the control - should get a beep or some function (execpt up/down buttons need a cook or time function enabled first). If one of the buttons seems inoperative it may be stuck, in which case you probably need a new keypad.
tommi, this model has a cooktop lock-out solenoid feature. Try pressing and holding the top light keypad for 5 seconds and see if the top comes back to life. If not, check your owners manual, it may be a different key. The lock-out solenoid is in the back behind the outer panel. The cooktop lockout valve has been redesigned from a AC to DC voltage because of complaints of chattering. The new part number is 8184768. Lets hope you don't need it and just have the top locked out.
Neal, the only thing I can bring up with that model number is a built in wall oven. You said the top burners work fine, so we are missing something here. Sounds to me like a stuck or shorted keypad. Catriver..post back