How to Troubleshoot a GE Wall Oven

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Things You'll Need

  • Replacement fuses, if needed

  • Replacement light bulb, if needed

  • Damp cloth

General Electric manufactures built-in wall ovens that are warranted for one year after purchase. During the first year of ownership, GE will provide replacement parts and pay the cost of labor and in-home service for installation for any defective part. The warranty does not cover damage caused by accidents or improper installation. GE recommends troubleshooting the appliance to resolve common issues before calling for warranty service.

General Troubleshooting

Step 1

Check household fuses or circuit breakers if the oven clock and timer do not work. Replace black or cloudy fuses or place circuit breakers in the "On" position. Press the "Timer/Clock" key twice and press the "+" or "-" keys to enter the time of day. Press the "Start" key to start the clock.

Step 2

Remove the oven light bulb cover if the oven light does not work. Turn the bulb clockwise to tighten it. If the light still does not work, turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it. Insert a new bulb and turn it clockwise to tighten it. Replace the light bulb cover. Call for service if the control pad light does not work.

Step 3

Press the "Bake" key and enter the desired temperature if the control signals after entering a cooking time. This means that a baking temperature was not entered.

Display Codes and Errors

Step 1

Press the "Clear/Off" key if the "Locked" light is illuminated and you wish to use the oven. Wait for the oven to cool and unlock the door.

Step 2

Close the oven door if "Lock Door" appears on the display. This means that a self-clean cycle was selected but the door was not closed.

Step 3

Press the "Clear/Off" pad and allow the oven to cool for one hour if "F" followed by a letter or number appears on the display. This is an error code. If it reappears, disconnect the power to the oven by removing the fuse or turning off the circuit breaker. Wait 30 seconds before reconnecting the power. If the error code still appears, call for service.


Step 1

Allow the oven to cool before starting a self-cleaning cycle. The self-clean cycle will not start if the temperature of the oven is too high.

Step 2

Clean heavily soiled areas in the oven with a damp cloth before starting the self-clean cycle. A heavily soiled oven may produce excessive smoke during the cycle or may take longer to self-clean.

Step 3

Allow the oven to cool completely if the door will not open after a self-cleaning cycle has completed. This is a safety feature. The oven door will unlock when the oven has reached a safe temperature.

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