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"set probe temp" flashing and beeping on kitchenaid wall oven

Can't use the oven when it does this.. intermittent problem, will do it for a while, then go away for months, then come back.

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    Debbie Petermann Oct 05, 2014

    My "set probe temp" just started flashing.. have never even used probe. It will not go off but in addtion cannot use oven. I have tried turning off ove at junction box but when I turn it back on probe light is still flashing.

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I plugged in the probe and stuck it into a pyrex measuring cup of water, set the probe temp to 165, set the convection (or bake) oven to 500, and turned it on. This allowed it to run for about 20 minutes, and cleaned out the probe jack. Works fine now.

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

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Remove the left panel of the oven housing (remove the two screws in the rear, then slide the panel forward to remove). Disconnect the wires going to the probe socket. Wrap the ends of the wires with an insulating material and leave them disconnected. Reinstall the panel and screws. Obviously, the probe function will not work, but it is pretty useless anyway. And your problem will be solved.

Posted on Sep 03, 2009

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    geo heath Oct 20, 2011

    I had this problem as described. I followed the solution by s8b2 and it is all good now. I did not have to take the side panel off of my unit, there was a small round cover over the probe location that I was able to use.

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    geo heath Oct 23, 2011

    Followup to my first post. Intermittent problem returned. See me separate post for the solution.

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I tried disconnecting the wires from the socket and it appeared to work but the problem returned the next time the oven was used.
I did manage to fix the problem however. I removed the oven a second time so that I could disconnect the temp probe wire harness from the control panel. You can identify it because it has two white fabric-like covered wires ending in a red connector on the top of the oven - it's the only one like that.
I had already cut the wires at the probe socket so I tried to remove the entire harness. This is when I found that one of the wires was pinched tightly under a support bracket - a problem created when the oven was manufactured. Over the years, a small amount of grease had infused into the fabric-like insulation. When heated by the oven, the grease achieved sufficient conductivity and contact to ground that the computer was tricked into sensing that the probe was inserted.
We have been testing and using the oven for weeks now and no more problem. No temp probe either but we never used it. If you do use it, you can buy a new harness with socket for $40 and install.

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This is usually caused by a short from the casing of the probe socket to the body of the oven. This is not an easy thing to fix as it requires you to take the range apart. I usually fix this by removing the probe socket and painting the case of the probe where it comes in contact with the oven cavity and also around the hole in the oven cavity where it attaches and after it has been allowed to dry reassemble.

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Disconnected circuitbreakers from fuse panel to oven, then took the robertson screws off and then control/touchpanel off and found it full of spillage from the rangetop, and (yuk) mice droppings/crumbs/grease - did not unplug any wires: instead drained/vaccuumed/mopped up all droppings/residue and liquid, sprayed thoroughly with CONTACT/CIRCUITBOARD cleaner, drying with hairdryer, then dabbing some more grease and liquid from the underside! Error code for short circuit solved LOL! So then hit START on panel, allowing oven to heat to 325degreesF... allowed error to continue beeping for PROBE temp; then hit CANCEL after it went on for a while. May your solution be as mine! It worked.

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After using spray cleaner on the oven, the same error message happened to me. I loosened the probe screw in the oven, used a hairdryer to thoroughly dry the probe plugin, this fixed the problem. Next time I will cover the probe socket with tape before cleaning with a spray cleaner

Posted on Dec 28, 2014

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