Jan 142011

Most newer ovens use an oven sensor to keep track of the cycling temperatures, if your model has a control board then it has a sensor. Testing and replacing the sensor can be done from the front of the unit in most cases.

Start by opening the door and looking on the back wall of the unit. The sensor is located on the back wall in most instances.

If I had to describe the sensor I would say it look’s like a metal pencil of sorts.. This small rounded metal sensor is held to the back wall  with two screws, removing the screws will let the sensor pull forward this will enable you to access the quick connect. Disconnect the sensor and replace.

If you are still trying to diagnose your ovens sensor you will need a volt meter to ohm the sensor. The oven sensor should read 1080 ohms at room temp.

If the sensor is off it can cause the control to have an error code, if the sensor test good you either have a bad control or wire harness issue. Investigating some of these sensor error codes myself I have found several wire harness cut from rubbing on the thin sheet metal over the years.  Verify the ohm value before ordering parts, doing so will aid in proper diagnostics.

Jan 142011

Removing an oven door can sometimes seem like an impossible feat, I will talk about several different oven door removal process.

First and most common is by placing the oven door in the broil position, once in position you simply lift and slide the door off. The door may not want to come at first, by lifting on one end at a time try to lift the door evenly, this will prevent the door and hinge from binding.

Another very common style hinge has a locking mechanism, it ensures the door will not be lifted or pulled off the oven itself.

Using a small screwdriver simply pry the lock down and out of position, if you are unsure of where the hinge lock is, they are situated at the end of the hinge where it enters the cavity. The screwdriver will allow you to retrieve the metal tab out of the cavity and in the unlock position, once in unlock position lift the oven door up as if you were shutting it and pull out.

Once out you will see how the end of the hinge connects to the hinge mount. If replacing the hinges you may have to put them back into the lock position to remove the hinge from the door casing.

On some older Kitchen Aid  ovens the door needs to be in the broil position, and you will need to pull straight out on the bottom to remove the door, took me  a minute to figure this one out a few weeks ago.

Removing the door will allow you to get to that dirty door glass, take extra per-cation when removing the glass, also assembly the glass in the same way it when in. The middle glass has a special treatment on it to reflect the heat back in, this helps keep the outer pain of glass cooler since there are oven glass temperature restrictions.

Jan 142011

Disconnect power before servicing any appliance:
– Basic electrical and mechanical skills are a must if using this information

Using this trick alone will save at least $80 dollars on a service call. Most times an oven fuse trips, due to an overheat condition. Once the condition is resolved only then reset the oven fuse.

To reset the oven fuse you will need to remove the control panel followed by the vent grill, No special tools are required to access and reset a Dacor oven fuse.

Removing the control panel the screws are on the bottom side, the top part is clipped into position, putting a little bit of pressure on the top part will release the control panel.

Once the panel is off the frame you will need to disconnect the ribbon cables. To do so gently pull the connector’s from the control boards, when removing the control panel be very careful the ribbon cable is short and very fragile.

Remove the air grill there are several screws that affix it to the unit. When the grill is off the frame you will be able to see back and behind the door latch mechanism, the fuse may be located under a thin metal shield, if not you will see the round fuse,  normally two black wires connecting to the ends of the fuse, the button on the top of the oven fuse is usually red.

Applying pressure to the top of the red button will reset the fuse, putting the unit back into cooking mode again.

Ensure the ribbons and oven control are affixed properly and test the wall oven for proper function. In appliance repair call centers this service call could be stopped if the caller wanted to fix themselves. Most often the receptionist will provide no information on the problem only when a service man can come. When the service man arrives and resets this in under two minutes, then proceeds to say you owe him over $100 you will not be happy, I’ve personally been in this situation even when the price was gave up front.

I have been dispatched to literally at least one hundred if not more complaints where a Dacor oven will not heat after self clean. The information here are the steps I use to fix the issue, these steps should only be performed with proper knowledge of both the oven and basic electrical skills.