January 18, 2016

Troubleshooting an F10 error code on a range video

Troubleshooting an F10 error code on a range.
Troubleshooting an F10 error code on a range.

If you see F10 on your range, it means that your electronic control board has detected a runaway temperature. It's possible that your range is not heating to the temperature that you set it to, or that the control board may be reading the temperature incorrectly. You may need to replace the electronic control board or the temperature sensor. This video from Sears PartsDirect shows you what to do if your range is displaying the error code F10.

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Causes of the F10 error code

Hi, this is Wayne with Sears PartsDirect. Today we’re going to talk about a range error code F10. F10 is a common error code for several manufacturers that appears when your oven exceeds the temperature you set it at in either the cook cycle or the clean cycle.

There are a few things that can cause the error code. If the range is actually overheating, then you could have a stuck relay on the control board, which means that you'll have to replace the control board to fix the problem.

A defective temperature sensor can also cause this problem. The oven control board may think that the oven is hotter than it actually is, which is why you may see this code when the oven is off and at room temperature.

Most codes will clear when you disconnect the power to the range for 1 to 2 minutes. Now that we’ve cleared the code let’s talk about how to keep it from popping up again. Before we fix it, we need to figure out what caused it. To figure out what’s wrong we’ll use a multimeter to check resistance.

Check the temperature sensor

Let's check the oven temperature sensor first.

Disconnect the power to the oven. Always disconnect power before checking continuity. Remove the back panel. Disconnect the wire harness from the sensor. Set your multimeter to read ohms and put one meter lead on each wire terminal of the temperature sensor.

The resistance reading on the sensor should be close to 1,100 ohms at a room temperature of 75 degrees. If the meter shows a resistance of less than 1,000 ohms or more than 1300 ohms at room temperature, the sensor will have to be replaced.

If the sensor checks no continuity, an OL reading on this meter, it should also be replaced. Here's a video that will walk you through that process on a gas range and on an electric range

Test the sensor wire harness

If the temperature sensor checks okay, remove the top, back panel then plug the harness back in to the sensor and unplug the other end from the control board. We’re going to check resistance though the sensor and the wire harness next.

You should read close to the same resistance through the harness and sensor that you read though just the sensor. 

Replace the control board

If the readings are the same and you continue to get the F10 error code when trying to cook, then the electronic control board will need to be replaced. Click here to learn how to replace the electronic control board on a gas range, or here for an electric range.

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