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Kenmore Electric Oven Model 4088816 - Error Code F3


We have never had any problems with our oven (EVER!) :-) (yes it is an oldy but goody - purchased in 1991)

Tonite after using it earlier in the evening with no problem we turned it on to preheat and after about 30 seconds to a 1 minute, the Display window went to F3 and the oven started to beep.

Can you tell me what this means. I can't find any information in the Owners Manual about error codes

Thank you so much!

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  • Jeff F Nov 28, 2007

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  • Jeff F Nov 30, 2007

    Success!! Thank you Chris72!!

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  • km9595 Jan 10, 2008

    Thanks for advice - it sounds like we have same problem - have purchased a replacement oven sensor - challenge is to put it in - can it be replaced from inside the oven or do we have to pull the stove out ? - wire attached to sensor seems about 6 inches long.

    Thankyou - KEITH

  • Kelley815 Feb 11, 2008

    GE built in double oven, 1996, model JTP27, oven preheats,beeps when gets to set temperature, few minutes later get an F3 alarm. Sounds like the temp. sensor, just wondering if you have to pull the oven out or is it just behind the touch panel??? thanks, kelley

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  • dmont1203 Feb 22, 2008

    i get a f3 error code on my oven when i try to get it to preheat

  • shsukat Apr 11, 2008

    F2/F3 codes in display

    This weekend I was warming some items in our oven (Kenmore 911-4088816), when it suddenly starting beeping loudly and had F2 and/or F3 in the display.

    Is this the Clock Control ?

  • Julie Lauper-Cook Jul 12, 2008

    we had a power outage and surge in some areas of our home. now the kenmore oven is asking up. Stove top works great, but when I try to pre-heat oven it beeps and flashes F3.

  • russfowler Jul 17, 2008

    We are cleaning our Kenmore builtin oven/microwave and an F2 alarm is now sounding. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    I was cooking food in my oven and I heard it beep and F3 code came up where the clock is. My oven wouldn't shut off. We had to disconnect the oven to shut it off.

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    we just replaced our sensor because repair said F3 meant sensor was bad. It still shows F3 and beeps.



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F-3 means the oven temp sensor is bad. replace the sensor and problem solved

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