Bosch oven interior view

What To Do If Your Bosch Oven Won’t Self-Clean

Like most modern ovens, Bosch ovens have a built-in self-cleaning feature that makes tough cleaning jobs so much easier, that is, of course, when it works the way it should!

When your Bosch oven won’t self-clean, scrubbing and scouring the insides of your oven become a chore. And this is precisely why we’ve decided to put together the following basic troubleshooting guide on fixing your Bosch oven.  

Keep reading to learn more about your oven’s self-cleaning function and what to do when your Bosch oven won’t self-clean.

How Does Self-Cleaning Function Work?

No matter how you look at it, your oven’s self-cleaning function is an extremely handy feature. Essentially, it uses high heat to help burnt off those stubborn food and grease stains. Then, all you’ll need to sweep away the remains and wipe down the insides of the oven.  

To use your oven’s self-cleaning feature, you’ll need to close the oven door, and set the self-clean function to ‘start.’ The oven door will then lock and heat the inside to anywhere between 900 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is hot enough to incinerate any food particles. Typically, the self-cleaning cycle will last between 5 or 6 hours. When finished, the oven door will remain locked until it cools. When the oven is completely cooled, the door will unlock.  

With that being said, there’s one important thing to remember when it comes to your Bosch oven’s self-cleaning function: its purpose isn’t to replace manual cleaning. In fact, the self-clean feature uses extreme heat to do the heavy lifting for you, but it’s still important that you clean the inside of the oven manually with an oven-safe cleaner.

Common Causes

While it can be extremely inconvenient, a self-cleaning feature that won’t start usually has a few simple causes. 

When your Bosch oven won’t self-clean, the first places to troubleshoot for problems will be the oven door, the thermostat, the main control panel.

The Oven Door Won’t Close Properly

Bosch oven door

For your own personal safety, a Bosch oven will not self-clean if the door won’t close properly. 

One simple way to tell that your oven door isn’t closing properly is to turn the oven on. If you can feel with your hand that a lot of heat is coming out from the door, then the door isn’t closed or sealed properly.

If this is the case, you’ll want to check your oven door for signs of damage. Look at the hinges, door seal, and frame. If you see broken or faulty parts, you’ll need to fix or replace them to get your self-cleaning function to work once again.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

Bosch oven themostat

On another note, a malfunctioning thermostat can also impact your oven’s ability to self-clean. 

The reason for this is because the oven won’t reach the correct temperatures, if it does, in fact, work at all. 

Once again, for your own safety, if the thermostat isn’t working well, the self-clean function likely won’t start in the first place. 

A faulty thermostat can be diagnosed on your own, however, to determine whether or not the thermostat is the problem, you will need a multimeter. Therefore, it’s usually best to contact a professional appliance repair technician

They will have the correct tools and knowledge to fix the issue to run a self-clean cycle with ease.

It can be very dangerous to run a self-clean function when the oven door doesn’t close properly. 

The reason for this is because the oven will reach extremely high temperatures that can cause serious burns or injury. 

Therefore, if your oven door isn’t closing properly, the best thing to do with a Bosch oven that won’t self-clean is to contact an appliance repair service. A repair technician can correctly diagnose the problem quickly and easily to help you get cleaning safely again in no time.

Broken Oven Control Board

Bosch oven control board

The oven control board tells the oven what to do. In other words, it’s the brains of the operation. 

For example, if you want to set the temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, you indicate the setting using the control panel. The control board then registers this information and starts heating the oven until it reaches the temperature that you’ve set.

With that said, a faulty control board may also prevent your Bosch oven from self-cleaning. 

Determining whether you need to replace your control board is tricky, especially if you don’t have appliance repair experience. 

Therefore, to diagnose and repair a faulty control board, it’s easier to reach out to an appliance repair service. A technician can help you fix or replace your oven’s control board to get your self-clean function running again.  

Issues With The Control Panel

Bosch oven control panel

The control panel is the part of the control board where you’ll find the control buttons. If the control panel buttons don’t work, the problem might lie with the control panel. 

Quite often, if the control panel isn’t working, it will need to be replaced. 

However, the oven’s control board is a sensitive electronic device. If not installed or repaired properly, you could cause more damage to your appliance. Unless you have experience working on a Bosch oven, it’s highly recommended that you contact a professional to repair this part.

Seek Out Appliance Repair Help

Ideally, you want all the functions on your Bosch oven working properly at all times, which obviously includes the self-clean function. 

After all, the self-clean feature is a great way to make cleaning your oven fast and easy! 

So if you’re having trouble with your oven’s self-cleaning feature and can’t seem to figure it out, don’t hesitate to contact Denver Appliance Repair. With same-day diagnosis and repair, you can relax, knowing your appliance will work for you when you need it most.