Kenmore stoves can make excellent additions to your kitchen. Most of the time, they work well, and they provide the option of a delicious home-cooked meal. However, all appliances can have malfunctions over the course of time. If you experience an F30 error on your Kenmore stove, here's how to troubleshoot it.
Kenmore Oven F30 Error
An F30 error on a Kenmore oven means that there is a problem with the wiring of your appliance. More specifically, it means that there is an open circuit in the wiring of the unit's sensor probe. This could be related truly to an open circuit, which is unlikely, or it could mean that there is a flaw in the sensor probe itself.
To begin troubleshooting the error and replace the sensor probe, refer to your owner's manual for safety instructions. You should never attempt to make changes to an appliance while the appliance is plugged in. If you cannot access the outlet that the oven is connected to, you should turn off the oven at the circuit breaker.
In addition, it's essential that the oven be turned off and cool before you begin any work. If you used your stove or oven recently, let it cool to a safe temperature before you begin tinkering inside.
Fixing an F30 Code on Oven
Once you have ensured your safety, move the stove away from the wall and locate the back panel. It should be connected with screws to the unit. Using a screwdriver, remove this panel.
Now you should be able to find the plug-in, which is a white plastic connector attached to the sensor probe. It is most likely located in the lower right portion of the oven.
Replacing a Sensor Probe
You should contact the manufacturer to order the correct replacement Kenmore oven sensor probe. This probe may be specific to the model of Kenmore stove that you have. Check your owner's manual for additional details.
The sensor probe is attached to the stove by way of two screws and a mounting plate. By removing the screws, you can remove the probe. To disconnect the probe, remove the plug-in and pull out the entire piece.
Place the new probe in the correct place on the stove and plug it in. Then, reattach the screws and mounting plate so the sensor probe is back in place. Replace the panel on the back of the stove. Now you should be able to connect the stove to power and turn it back on at the breaker, if applicable.
Checking the New Sensor Probe
To verify that your repair was effective, turn the oven on and attempt to set a temperature as you normally would. Until you're certain that the oven is working correctly, it's best to avoid putting food into the oven.
Allow the display to indicate when the oven has reached the set temperature. Does the F30 error flash back up on the display? If not, your F30 error is corrected. If the F30 error does display and you already replaced the sensor probe, contact the manufacturer or a certified technician. It is likely that you need additional repair work completed.
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