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What does F 10 mean on my Kenmore range?

I have a Kenmore range model number 790.9400. It displayed the F 10 fault code. What was wrong and what parts will it need to fix this problem?

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Lyle W
Thanks. If you get a chance, please let us know how this turns out. I you need more help, let us know.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
October 30th, 2012
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Lyle,

I was able to set the time however the Timer Set/Off button is still not responsive. Thank you for the help but at this point I think I am left with scheduling a technician.
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October 29th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Joseph. Thanks for adding that model number. I posted a link for the owner's manual on that oven below this response. I examined the manual and the technical information for any tips that may help. When you first power up the oven, the display should blink. Press the Clock icon but do not hold it down. You can then try to use the keypad to set the correct time of day. There may be a time limit so try to press those numbers fairly quickly. Press the Start button to set the time. If you can get that time set in that manner, then the other functions should work properly. You can use the manual below if necessary once you get that time set. If you still cannot set the time using that procedure, then the oven will need to be serviced.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
October 29th, 2012
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Lyle,

Thank you for the quick feedback. The full model number is 790-48073000. Left the breaker off for 5 minutes as you suggested and the Timer set/Off button does still not appear to function. I appreciate any other suggestions or insight you may have.
by Manage My Life
October 29th, 2012
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Lyle W
Shutting off the house circuit breakers for the oven and leaving them off for 5 minutes may reset that control. You can then reset the breakers to restore power to the oven. See if the control will work properly after powering the oven back up. If it will not work properly then it will probably need to be serviced or replaced. Reply with the full model number of your oven and we will check for any other possible causes of this problem.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
October 29th, 2012
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I just had a new Kenmore 790 built in wall oven installed and I have yet to use it to bake anything. I was walking through the manual and it appears that the "Timer set/Off" "Bake" and "Broil" buttons do not work. I am actually able to get the timer to start by hitting the "Add 1 Minute" button but then I am unable to turn off the timer since the "Timer set/Off" button doesn't work. (I eventually had to flip the breaker.)

Is there anything non-obvious I should be trying or did I get a lemon? I will the number listed by Kenmore in the users guide soon but thought I'd try here.
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October 29th, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Lorraine. I understand your concern after experiencing that type of failure in the range. The electronic oven control board in the console probably had an internal short that caused the noise and the smoke. I recommend that you have a service technician examine the range and repair this failure. You can schedule service through this link:

Sears Home Services

. The technician will be able to examine the range and will probably be able to determine the exact cause of this failure. Once the range is fixed, you will probably not have further problems. That being said, an electro-mechanical failure can occur at any time in an appliance. If you need more help, let us know.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
October 16th, 2012
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I put my oven on to convection backe and all of a sudden there was a loud motor noise and smoke poured out from the back and everything went black. I reset the breaker and the oven screen showed F-10 and the timer alarm noise and oven light came on. We couldn't get them to stop so we had to turn off the breaker. This is kind of scarry to think that it could have caused a fire!! So what could have caused this?
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October 15th, 2012
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Lyle W
The F 10 fault code indicates a runaway temperature condition. This can be caused by a faulty resistance temperature detector probe or a bad electronic control board. The temperature probe should be checked first. The image below shows the resistance that should be measured by the probe at various temperatures. If you are able to access and check the temperature probe, you can determine whether it is defective. If it is bad, it will need to be replaced. NOTE: Unplug the range to completely disconnect electrical power before accessing any internal components. If you are not completely confident that you can safely access and test internal range components, call a service technician to diagnose and repair this failure.

If the temperature probe is okay, then the electronic control board will need to be replaced.

NOTE: If the range severely overheated, it will need to be checked by a service technician to determine if it is safe for continued use.

You can order these parts from the Sears PartsDirect website [searspartsdirect.com]. The exact part numbers will vary based on your full model number.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
July 10th, 2008
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