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How to correctly self clean your Oven
Running your oven's self-clean
For some reason, people always wait until the last few days before the holidays to run the
self-clean feature on their oven. The problem is not "why" you run the self-clean, but when.
During self-clean, the temperatures inside the oven cell can exceed 900 F. This is very
stressful on the oven's sensor, door lock assembly, and electronic control board. If anything
is on the verge of breaking, it will usually happen during the self-clean cycle. This means
that if you think you're going to run the self-clean cycle in your oven, don't wait until a
few days before the holidays, when you'll need it to cook that big turkey for a house full
of guests, do it now! Then, if something does break in the oven, you'll have time to get it
repaired and won't end up in a last-minute panic trying to get your oven fixed.
According to Rob Marriott, National Technical Manager for Dacor, a manufacturer of high-
end ranges and ovens, "If you're going to use the self-clean feature, use it a lot or don't
use it at all." The reason for this is that the most common thing to fail in an oven during
self-clean is the door lock assembly. On many modern ovens, the door lock assembly
has a little motor that locks and unlocks the door. This motor is controlled by the oven's
electronic control board (the control panel with the digital display). If this motor isn't used
on a regular basis, the accumulated grease that collects in the motor during normal use will
coagulate and harden during self-clean and bind the motor so that it can't unlock the door.
The oven temperature sensor is also stressed during self-clean and is the second-most
common thing to fail during or after running the self-clean cycle. Less commonly, yet still
prevalent, the oven's electronic control board can fail due the extra heat it receives during
So, if you're planning on running the self-clean in your oven and you have problems call
us for fast and efficient appliance repair. In order to help us fix your appliance in the most
efficient manner we need the model number.
This picture shows you the most common places to look on your oven or range to find the
model number tag.