08:44AM | 08/26/05
Member Since: 08/25/05
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I recently changed from Electric range to Kenmore GAS range model # 665.75164. I did not know that it had a feature "Cooktop lockout". When on, it does not allow the stove top burners to ignite; gas supply gets 'locked out'.

It can be set manually. But, when power failure occurs, the feature automatically kicks in, which means I cannot cook on stove top during power outages !

Does anyone know if this feature can be disabled? If yes, how? ***** from where I bought this range were not able to help me out.


10:50AM | 08/26/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** Kenmore GAS range model # 665.75164 **

That looks to be only part of a model number, did you get it right off the appliance's model and serial number tag? That is the only reliable place the complete information will be found.

You can find tips for locating that identification tag on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my web site linked below.

** it had a feature "Cooktop lockout". When on, it does not allow the stove top burners to ignite; gas supply gets 'locked out'. **

That is a safety feature found on many newer Whirlpool and Whirlpool built Kenmore and KitchenAid gas ranges.

** Does anyone know if this feature can be disabled? **

I'm sure it is probably possible but I don't specifically know how on whatever model of range you actually have. There may also be legal implications for bypassing a safety device in an appliance so I don't know if you'd find any service companies willing to do it.

You might be best contacting S ears or Whirlpool with the complete model number to see if there is an acceptable solution for disabling that feature.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



01:15PM | 08/26/05
Member Since: 08/25/05
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Thanks for your advice. I did not think implication in bypassing a safety device- thanks for pointing that out to me. I managed to get a helpful ***** rep on phone today and he thinks that since its a built-in feature, most likely it is not possible to disable it. As long as I don't get permanently locked out after a power outage, I think I can live with it.
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