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Q:

kenmore store, 790.96112406 keeps coming up with an error message of "F10" what is wrong and how do I fix it. I did the stop/clear bottom twice still comes on.

A:

Error codes can be an inconvenience and keep your range from working properly. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your range troubles while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
December 19, 2012
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That link for a previous answer that Joseph P. posted in the above response provides some information and troubleshooting for that type of problem. You could have a bad oven temperature sensor probe, a defective electronic control board or a problem with the sensor wiring harness that is causing this problem. You can unplug the range and check the resistance through that oven temperature sensor probe as described in that previous answer. If the resistance of that sensor probe is significantly higher than 1100 ohms (> 2000 ohms) then that sensor will need to be replaced. If the sensor is okay, you can check the resistance of the entire sensor circuit from the electronic oven control board. If the resistance through that entire sensor circuit is okay, then you will need to replace the electronic control board.

You can order parts from for your range from this page: Kenmore Range Model 790.96112406 Parts . Be sure that you unplug the range before accessing internal components and replacing parts.

If you need more help, reply with additional details.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 20, 2012
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Error Code F10-Kenmore Range

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Appliances may have different code meanings depending on the manufacturer. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I found some a great link in the Manage my Life website. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
September 05, 2011
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The "F10" fault code means a Runaway Temperature. It is likely caused by a faulty oven control board or possibly a faulty oven temperature sensor probe. The oven temperature sensor probe can be removed from inside the oven cavity and tested with an Ohm meter. The oven temperature sensor is part #316490001 which can be ordered from Sears PartsDirect . I added a YouTube video showing how to test the oven sensor probe. The oven sensor should measure approximately 1100 ohms of resistance at room temperature. If the sensor tests Okay then the oven control board is faulty and it will need to be replaced.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post. 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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Joey S -
Sears Technician
September 07, 2011
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My Kenmore electric stove (model number 790.96112406) preheats very slowly, and doesn't get above 450 degrees. How do I resolve these issues?

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Check the bake and broil element to see if it appears that they are heating properly. A problem with either element may prevent the oven from heating properly. Check the broil function to see if it works properly. If may be difficult to detect a heating problem with an element if it generally heats up to a glowing red. Look for damage to the elements.

If your range has a hidden bake element then it will normally take longer to preheat than a conventional oven with an exposed bake element. Some versions of this model have a hidden element. A preheat time of up to 20 minutes is normal for an oven with a hidden element.

The failure of the oven to reach the set temperature of 450 degrees may indicate that you have a sensor or control problem. Fixing the heating problem may help with the preheat problem. You did not mention problems with the oven reaching a temperature less than 450 degrees. The maximum temperature of the oven is 550 degrees. If the oven is consistently under-heating by 100 degrees then you could have a problem with the temperature sensor probe. I provided a temperature/resistance chart for the probe in the image below. If you are able to unplug the range and access this component, you can check the resistance to see if it is accurate. To access the probe, open the oven door and look the top of the back wall inside the oven cavity. If you see mounting screws inside the oven that secure this probe to the back wall then you can remove the screws and carefully pull the probe into the oven cavity until you encounter the wire harness disconnect plug. Unplug the harness and check the resistance of the probe with a volt/ohm meter. Compare the resistance of the probe to the temperature/resistance chart below. If the resistance of the probe is correct then you may have a wire harness problem or a bad control board. Plug the probe back in and then check the resistance of the probe through the wires that plug into the electronic control board in the console of the range if necessary (with the range still unplugged). NOTE: If you do not see mounting screws for the probe inside the oven cavity then you will need to remove the back panel of the range to access the temperature probe and check the resistance.

The wiring diagram for your range is shown in the second image below. The probe connects to the control board with violet wires. If the resistance through the wires that connect to the control board is the same as the resistance measured directly at the probe then your control board is likely causing your under-heating problems.

Make sure that you are accurately measuring the oven temperature with a precision thermometer.

If the oven temperature is under-heating consistently less than 35 degrees, you can use the temperature adjustment feature of your range to offset the factory set temperature. This procedure is shown on page 24 of your owner's manual. Here is a link for your manual in case you need it: Owner's Manual . Adjusting the temperature using this feature may resolve your problem if the difference is not severe.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.

If these tips don't help or you not feel confident diagnosing and 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
April 06, 2010

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