GE Profile Oven Button Problem

nerdyshopperMarch 18, 2012

We have a repeated problem with the touch pad controls on our GE Profile wall oven. Yesterday, a day after I boiled some salmon filets with the door propped open, most of the touch pads were dead. They come back to life when I press all the active pads and dead ones and pound on the panel with my fist and open and close the door a few times. I believe it is the same problem many experience with self-cleaning ovens because we often have had it happen then. I wish the oven controls were the old pressure tube type that never had this problem. If it gets to the point we need to service this oven I would like to know if there is a mid-priced 27 inch that we can purchase to replace it. It is a 1990's vintage combo oven with a matching microwave on top.

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I believe it is the same problem many experience with self-cleaning ovens because we often have had it happen then. Failure after self-cleaning is caused to a thermal fuse blowing because the appliance overheats due to insufficient internal ventilation/cooling of the electronic controls, in which case the blown fuse must be replaced ... they do not auto-reset upon cooling. (One brand apparently has a thermal breaker instead of a fuse, which can be reset by pressing a button on the breaker but that still does not happen automatically.)

Your problem likely is the control panel or main board behind it is breaking down upon exposure to thermal stress and/or humidity, then it "recovers" upon cooling/drying. Could be an erratic component on the board or bad solder joint.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:56AM
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It is also likely to be exacerbated by your broiling with the door open letting the heat broil the control pad. Broiling is supposed to be a closed door operation in all modern ovens.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 11:42AM
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I have ge profile double ovens about 5yo, I self clean regularly and they work flawlessly. I broil with the door closed though.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 9:28PM
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Thanks for the info on why the problem, but I really wanted to know if there is a brand/model that doesn't have it. I want to use self cleaning in the existing cabinet. And I will follow instructions about how to broil. I am looking for a viable replacement for the existing oven if it finally conks out for good.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 7:47AM
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