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GE JBP64 Radiant Range - won't work

The cooktop surface and clock work sporadically. As of now the clock or any display is not working until you turn a burner on then the clock displays and the burner on light will come on but the surface units do not heat.
When you turn it back to off again the clock display goes blank again.

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This is a very strange one, and you don't say how old this unit is or how long you have had problems with it, but most likely you have a poor electrical connection. Turn the breaker off and unplug the range. Remove the cover over the receptacle you just pulled the plug from and check all the electrical connections. If all OK, check the electrical connections where the cord attaches to the range. If still OK, inspect additional range and household wiring to range, including the connections right on the circuit breaker.

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

  • veralynn420 May 17, 2011

    I have this same problem and did as you recomended , even replaced the motherboard and still have the same problem. I have 120 on the burner control switch till it is turned on then it goes to 0 vac . If I could get a schematic for this I could figure something out but I am open for any sugestions

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