Kenmore Oven Self Clean [How To, Issues & Solutions]

Do you want to learn how to use the Kenmore oven self clean feature or are you faced with some problems after using the self clean cycle? In this article, we will show you how to use the self clean feature of your Kenmore oven and fix any problems you may encounter with it.

How To Use Kenmore Oven Self Clean

To use your Kenmore oven self clean feature, simply follow the steps listed below…

Step 1: Open the door of the oven.

Step 2: Slide out the oven racks. Leaving the racks in the oven during the self clean cycle will damage them.

Step 3: Scrape off any loose food bits from the oven.

Step 4: Wipe out the food bits from the oven using a paper towel.

Step 5: Open all the windows in your home.

Step 6: Remove any pots and pans on the stove top.

Step 7: Turn the oven on and press the “clean” button.

Step 8: Use the arrows to choose how long you want the feature to run. You can choose 3 hours, 4 hours, or 5 hours.

Step 9: Press the “clean” button again to start the cycle. Once the cycle starts, the oven door will lock automatically. Make sure no one goes close to the oven during the self clean process as it will get very hot. If you see any smoke from the oven, do not be alarmed. The smoke simply comes from the grease and food bits in the oven burning off.

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Step 10: The oven should beep once the self clean cycle is over. Do not try opening the door as it will be very hot. Leave the oven to cool down. Once the oven has cooled down, it should unlock automatically.

Step 11: Once the door is unlocked, open it.

Step 12: Wipe out the ash in the oven using a damp cloth.

Step 13: Return the racks to the oven.

Step 14: Shut the oven door.

The video below will give you a visual of how to use your Kenmore oven self clean feature.

Kenmore Oven Self Clean Not Working — How To Fix

If the self clean feature of your Kenmore oven isn’t working, the oven may still be hot from previous use. Leave the oven to cool down completely then try again. If the oven self clean feature still doesn’t work, the door lock motor may be faulty. If the door lock motor fails, the door won’t lock. This will prevent the oven from self cleaning. Follow these steps to replace the door lock motor of your Kenmore oven…

Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord for safety.

Step 2: Remove the oven’s lower back panel by taking out the screws which hold it in place. Do this using a Philips head screwdriver.

Step 3: Set the panel aside.

Step 4: Use the Philips head screwdriver to take out the screws holding the door lock motor in place. The door lock motor is on the left.

Step 5: Lift the lock motor from the rod.

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Step 6: Get a new lock motor and position it on the rod.

Step 7: Secure the lock motor to the oven’s rear with the Philips head screws.

Step 8: Disconnect the wires from the old lock motor and connect them to the new one. Make sure each wire goes to the right place.

Step 9: Return the oven’s back panel and the screws which hold it in place.

Step 10: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.

If your Kenmore oven won’t unlock after the self clean cycle once the oven has cooled down completely, follow the steps above to replace the lock motor. Also follow the steps above to replace the lock motor if your Kenmore self cleaning oven lock is stuck, your Kenmore self cleaning oven is showing “Dr”, or your Kenmore self cleaning oven shows E1 F5.

The video below will show you how to replace a Kenmore oven lock motor.

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Kenmore Oven Won’t Turn On After Self Clean

If your Kenmore oven won’t turn on after using the self clean feature, the thermal fuse has burnt out. Sometimes, the thermal fuse burns out due to the heat from the oven during the self clean cycle. Follow these steps to replace the fuse…

Step 1: Disconnect the oven’s power cord.

Step 2: Use a Philips head screwdriver or quarter inch nut driver to take out the screws holding the oven’s lower back panel in place.

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Step 3: Disconnect the wires from the thermal fuse and take out the screw which holds it in place. You should see the fuse close to the terminals of the bake or broil element.

Step 4: Get a new thermal fuse.

Step 5: Screw the new thermal fuse to the oven and reconnect the wires.

Step 6: Return the oven’s back panel.

Step 7: Hold the panel in place with the screws.

Step 8: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.

The video below will show you how to replace the fuse in a Kenmore oven.

Kenmore Self Cleaning Oven Buttons Not Working — How To Fix

If one or more buttons on your Kenmore self cleaning oven aren’t working, the overlay has started to fail. To fix the problem, the overlay will need to be replaced. You can contact a technician to do this for you. However, if you would like to replace your Kenmore oven overlay yourself, read this article: Kenmore Oven Control [Issues & Proven Solutions]

How Does The Kenmore Oven Self Clean Feature Work?

When you select the self clean feature, the oven door locks automatically. The oven begins to heat up to very high temperatures. The oven can get as high as 900 degrees Fahrenheit during the self clean cycle. As the oven heats up, the grease and food bits on the oven walls begin to burn and turn to ash. At the end of the cycle, the oven beeps. Since the oven is still extremely hot after the self clean cycle, it stays locked. As soon as the oven cools down completely, it automatically unlocks.

Kenmore Oven Self Clean FAQ

How Do I Reset A Kenmore Self Cleaning Oven?

To reset your Kenmore self cleaning oven, simply switch the circuit breaker off for 5 minutes.

How Do I Stop The Self Clean Cycle On A Kenmore Oven?

To stop the self clean cycle mid process, simply hold down the “Stop” button for 3 seconds.

How Long Does A Kenmore Oven Self Clean?

This actually depends on you. You can choose for the self clean cycle to run for 3 hours, 4 hours, or 5 hours.

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