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my oven turns on by itself---help!

saffronbabe Dec 28, 2007 01:32 PM

Hello out there! If anyone has an idea on what might be wrong with my oven, please respond! I have a gas stove and oven, with an electric starter for the oven. It is a GE Hotpoint oven, only about 4 years old. The problem----it turns itself on for less than a minute, then turns itself off...This has been happening a few times per day. What could be up? Thought I'd ask around before calling an appliance repair person. Thank you for any insights!!!!

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  1. Servorg Dec 28, 2007 04:27 PM

    There were some similar complaints on other web forums if you google this problem. Sounded like a bad starter switch was the likely culprit from what I read.

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      Cathy Dec 28, 2007 06:23 PM

      Hmm...$90 for a repair person versus the oven going on by itself and maybe not shutting itself off ...maybe going onto a very high heat...maybe something very strange happening either while I am asleep or at work...

      Maybe it's just me...But stuff like that happening is going to make me unhook/unplug and call someone out immediately and not sit down at the computer and hope for an answer from Chowhounds.

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        blondelle Dec 29, 2007 05:20 AM

        I would unplug it too especially if you will be leaving the house. You should be able to still use it in the mean time. Just light the burners and oven manually with a match. I unplugged my cooktop when it wouldn't stop clicking, and I was able to use it fine that way until I could get it looked at.

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          Jimmy Buffet Dec 29, 2007 06:27 AM

          Google "appliance repair", then select "Groups" and post your question on the group alt.home.repair

          You might have to join the group first but there are a lot of knowledgeable people here.

          1. Veggo Dec 29, 2007 06:48 AM

            Please don't delay in disconnecting your oven and calling a repairman. There is enough bad news we read about over the holidays without having to read about your house blowing up while you were sleeping , or you simply not waking up. Gas appliances are scary dangerous, and certainly not user-serviceable by the unskilled.

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              Cheflambo Dec 29, 2007 06:51 AM

              I agree with Veggo et al -- get this fixed NOW. Anything that turns itself on and can burn down your house is NOT to be trifled with.....

              Glad you posted here though -- it might help a few more people avert disaster at their house.

              1. re: Veggo
                Eric in NJ Dec 29, 2007 11:29 AM

                Veggo is right in unplugging it and having it serviced, but to go so far as to say gas appliances are "scary dangerous" is a little over the top. I'm 56 and every house I've ever lived in had gas stoves, heaters, water heaters, and even a gas fireplace and barbecue. The only personal fire I experienced was at a friends house whose electric oven flared up when the thermostat went wacky. As with any appliance proper maintenance and operation is the key.

                1. re: Eric in NJ
                  mpalmer6c Dec 30, 2007 09:55 AM

                  So because you have never had any bad experiences with gas appliances, nothing bad ever happens to anyone, eh?

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                blondelle Dec 29, 2007 10:52 AM

                Just a thought. Could you have by any chance set it for the Sabbath mode, where it turns itself on? Not sure if yours has that function, but maybe check if you selected it if it does. I think it would turn on just once though, but who knows. Worth checking if yours has it.

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