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Kenmore Electric rangemodel #79092680301

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Why is my Kenmore electric range beeping and displaying a flashing error code F1?

I have a Kenmore electric range model 790.92680301. It is beeping and flashing the error code F1. I called the 800 number; they referred us to this site. The service representative that I spoke with said there were simple reprogramming instructions easily found here. I haven't found the instructions.

Posted December 10, 2009

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Lyle W , December 11, 2009

Normally there is not a simple reset for this error code. If you have not tried unplugging the range for several minutes (or shutting off the breaker) to completely disconnect electrical power then you may try that tactic to reset the control board. Sometimes the control board will reboot and clear the fault code if it was caused by a power surge or glitch experience through the electrical lines.

If the F1 code returns after powering the range back up then it is caused by one of these failures:

  • Shorted keypad -- the control board will need to be replaced
  • Control board has an internal memory failure -- the control board will need to be replaced
  • Control has sensed a runaway temperature -- Your details suggest that the F1 is being displayed while the oven is at room temperature. In this situation, you would need to check the resistance of the oven temperature sensor probe. At room temperature, the resistance should be about 1100 ohms. If resistance of the temperature probe is over 2000 ohms then replacing the temperature probe would fix this problem.

The temperature probe is mounted on the upper back inside wall of the oven. You can unplug the range and remove the screws that mount it to the back wall. Carefully pull the probe into the cavity of the oven until you encounter the wire harness disconnect plug. Unplug the probe and check the resistance of the component using a volt/ohm meter. (You can normally purchase a meter for less than $20 at your local hardware store or Sears store if you don't have one.) If the resistance measured directly at the probe is okay then the next step would be to plug the probe back in and check the resistance through the temperature probe circuit that plugs into the control board in the console. With the range still unplugged, remove the upper back panel to access the control board. The image below shows the connections of the temperature probe circuit on the P5 plug. The probe circuit wires are normally violet. If you measure normal resistance through the probe circuit (1100 ohms) then the control board will need to be replaced.

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