General Electric Stove Self-Cleaning Oven Instructions

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General Electric Stove Self-Cleaning Oven Instructions
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General Electric ovens with a self-cleaning cycle simplify the task of cleaning the inside of your oven. This cycle heats the oven to high temperatures to burn away any baked-on food or grease in your oven. The resulting ash from these food particles and grease splatters is then wiped away, leaving a clean oven interior. Although you won't need to do any work while the oven is self-cleaning, you do need to properly prepare for the cycle to ensure the best possible results.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rag
  • Hot soapy water
  • Soap-filled scouring pad

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn on the ventilation fan of your oven hood, or open a window in your kitchen to increase ventilation before you begin the self-cleaning cycle.

  2. 2

    Remove any baking pans and the oven racks from your oven. General Electric advises that grey, porcelain-coated oven racks may be left inside the oven during the self-cleaning cycle, but shiny metal oven racks should be removed.

  3. 3

    Wipe the inside of the General Electric oven door and the gasket around the door with a rag dampened in hot, soapy water to remove any baked-on food or grease. Use a soap-filled scouring pad to remove stubborn grease if necessary, because the self-cleaning cycle will not clean the oven door.

  4. 4

    Shut the oven door, and slide the latch under the door handle to the right. This locks the oven door.

  5. 5

    Press the "Self Clean" button to display the clean time on the oven's clock.

  6. 6

    Press the "+" or "-" button to adjust the clean time, if desired. The average self-cleaning cycle is 4 hours, but you can adjust this time to 3 hours for lightly soiled ovens, or 5 hours for extremely dirty ovens.

  7. 7

    Press the "Start" button to begin the self-cleaning cycle.

  8. 8

    Wait for the self-cleaning cycle to complete. The oven clock will count down to 0:00, and the door will unlatch when the cycle is complete.

  9. 9

    Open the oven door, and wipe out the interior of your General Electric oven with a damp rag to remove any ash created during the self-cleaning cycle.

Tips and warnings

  • Set the oven to self-clean at an appointed time by following Steps 1 through 6. Press the "Start Time" button, and use the "+" and "-" buttons to set the oven clock to the desired cleaning time. Press the "Start" button, and the oven will begin the cleaning cycle at the set time.
  • The oven door will not unlatch until the oven is cool. Do not attempt to force the latch open during or immediately after the self-cleaning cycle, because you could damage the oven door.
  • The fumes created during your General Electric oven's self-cleaning cycle could be hazardous to some birds. Remove any birds from the room prior to starting the cycle.

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