Model #79077471790 KENMORE Free Standing, Gas

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Q:

how do i change the control panel light in my kenmore gas range

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On this type of gas range, replacing the clock control part 316080102R is normally a task that should be completed by a technician. Disassembling the console and removing and then replacing the clock control is not an easy task in this Kenmore model. You would need to unplug the range access the clock control in the console. The control can normally be accessed by removing the upper back panel in this type of range. The locations of the wires would need to be noted (take a digital picture) and then the wires would need to be removed from the clock control. The buttons will need to be removed and the clock control would need to be taken out of the console. The new control would need to be mounted and then and the buttons replaced. The wires would need to be reconnected and the range would need to be reassembled. If you are certain that you can properly and safely complete this procedure then you can try to fix the range yourself. If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 13, 2010
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I rated this this expert's directions 1 star. He does not explain that the new control panel does NOT come with the little pins that you need to make the buttons actually work. Take the old part, take it apart carefully. The cover has 11 plastic "pins" in plastic sleeves. These activate the controls. CAREFULLY, with a small needle nose pliers, pry one part of each sleeve away from the plastic pin, without breaking the pin. The pin will just fall out. If you break one, you are sunk. Take these 11 "pins", and insert each one into the cover of the new control panel until it clicks. Put the whole thing back together, put the old rubber buttons back on, and you'r in business. Do you believe this???

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jane -
November 19, 2011
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My oven will not get hot?

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Joseph P. -
November 07, 2011
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Your symptoms point to a weak igniter. I provided a theory of operation for that oven burner ignition system in the image below. Since the burner initially lights properly, a weak igniter is your likely failure. Check to see if the broil element will light and work properly. If it does, then you will probably need to replace that bake burner igniter (part 5303935066). You can order that part from the Sears PartsDirect website. Here is a direct link for that part: Igniter .

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 08, 2011
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Gas range error codes

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It can be difficult to diagnose what an error code means. Many are meant for technicians. I located a previous expert post that explains these codes. I attached the link below. If you would like a technician to visit to diagnose and make repairs, an option is the Sears Home Services link below. I hope this information is helpful.

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Barbara H. -
September 10, 2011
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The F3 code on that type of range indicates that you have a problem with the oven temperature sensor probe. If you want to diagnose and repair this problem yourself, you can unplug the range and access that sensor probe as shown in this brief video: Range Oven Sensor Replacement . Here is a link for a video that shows how to test that sensor using a volt/ohm meter: Oven Sensor Testing . That sensor should measure around 1086 ohms at room temperature. If the sensor resistance is over 200 ohms different from the reading, it will need to be replaced. You can order that sensor from the Sears PartsDirect website. The model number that you provided in your details seems to be slightly off. I suspect that you have model 790.77471790. The sensor for that range is part number 316134900.

NOTE: There is a chance that the sensor can be accessed from inside the oven as shown in the image below. If you see mounting screws inside the oven cavity that mount the sensor in the oven then you will need to use that procedure.

If the resistance of the sensor is okay, then you either have a failure in the wire harness or the clock control board in the console of the range. You can plug the sensor back in and check the resistance of the entire circuit from the clock control board in the console of the range (with the range still unplugged ). That sensor circuit should be connected to the control board through violet wires. If the resistance of the entire circuit is okay (around 1086 ohms) then you will need to replace that clock control board (part 316080102R). If the resistance of the circuit is bad, then you apparently have a wire harness failure. Check the wiring for damage. The common problem in that situation is normally the disconnect plug on the sensor. You may need to cut off the disconnect plug and connect the sensor using ceramic wire nuts.

These tips should help you resolve this F3 failure in your range. If you need more help, reply with additional details and an updated model number.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
September 14, 2011
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