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General Electric Oven Troubleshooting

Updated February 21, 2017

It always happens at the most inconvenient times. You're getting ready to prepare a big dinner for company and need to use your GE oven, but for some reason the oven is malfunctioning. You don't have time to wait for a repairman to arrive and would like to try to solve the problem on your own. Some General Electric oven troubleshooting tips may help.

Oven Cooks Too Fast or Too Slow

If your General Electric oven is cooking the food too fast or too slow, adjust the manufacturer's preset oven temperature. This can easily be done by following the directions in your owner's manual. Or you can adjust it on the oven control panel on the front of the stove. GE recommends that you make one adjustment, then use the oven a few times before you make a second adjustment if it is necessary. After you adjust the manufacturer's preset temperature, test its accuracy with cookies, biscuits or another food that has specific heating instructions. If you no longer have your GE owner's manual, you can download a free copy from GE's website.

Display Clock is Blank

If your General Electric display clock is blank, unplug the oven for a couple of minutes and plug it back in. You can reset the clock by following the directions in your owner's manual. For setting the time of day, press the "clock" pad. Then press and hold the (-) pad and the (+) pad and the times will change by 10 minutes per time. To change to single minutes, tap the pad per each minute. When you reach the desired time, press the "clock" pad again to restart the clock. You will find a video of this procedure on GE's website.

Oven Door Locks During Cooking

If your General Electric oven door locks while you are cooking, press the pad marked "clear/off." Give the oven some time to cool down to room temperature, and then reset the controls.

Smoke or Steam Comes Out of the Control Panel

It is perfectly normal for steam vapours to come from your General Electric oven vent during roasting or baking. Your new GE oven might be larger than your previous oven, so it holds more food. The increased food capacity causes an increase in visible smoke or steam.

Oven Makes a Clicking Sound

If your General Electric oven is making a clicking sound, this is normal. The sound is the control relays that are cycling the broil and bake elements off and on to maintain the oven temperature accurately. The newer ovens make more clicking noises than older models due to more precise control.

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