I have a 30" Sears: Kenmore: Roper drop in range. The repair parts list is good for three models: 45461690 or 911.45565690 or 911.45569690. Don't know where to look for the model numbers but hope questions are answerable the same for all three of these models? If not, tell me and I'll re-post with the exact model tomorrow!
The oven has operated well for varying periods of time but will always quit at some point and display an F3 fault code. If I play with it for a while it will sometimes restart and on at least 2 occasions displayed an F5 code. F5 has never come up first, only after fooling with the thing!?
NOW the oven always quits;displays F3 and will NOT restart for at least an hour or so!
There is no 'Y' in the model number so I'm hoping I'm reading the correct Roper code directory. If so F3 is an Open Sensor or thermal fuse.
1st QUESTION: Am I fairly safe to expect repairing the F3 problem will result in a successful repair OR am I at further risk with the F5 showing up in the past after I fooled with it?
2nd QUESTION: Should I check the thermal fuse first? Where is the thermal fuse located and how do I access it? I can't seem to find it on the diagram? Should I replace it and see if the problem goes away or is it a normal fuse where I either have continuity or I don't? If that is true I assume it must be good because the oven always comes on; doesn't stay on but always comes on?
3rd QUESTION: Is the Sensor I'm looking for located inside the oven cavity in the upper right corner? It looks like a long metal rod protruding into the oven about 5 inches and appears to be held in by two Phillips screws. If I remove the screws does it unplug or how should I remove it? Do I need to unscrew and take the entire Oven Cavity to access where the sensor is attached or do I need to pull the unit out of the counter top? Neither look very easy?
4th Question: How do I test the Sensor? Is there an Ohms parameter that would indicate it is good and if so what is it? Am I correct to assume the sensor is faulty and must be replaced if it is 'Open", no continunity?
Thanks for all the help in advance, bigwind!
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