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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.

Warning: 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.

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

With a gas stove burner, your unit refusing to light comes down to a few potential issues.

Luckily, they’re most often quick and easy fixes!

If your unit is dirty with a buildup of food splatters or grease, you may have a dirty ignitor preventing your burners from igniting properly. This happens when the ignitor is blocked by food debris, and the gas simply can’t flow through to adequately feed your flame. To fix this, you’ll first need to confirm that the issue is with the ignitor.

Start by turning the gas off and checking to see if the ignitor is sparking when pressed. If it is sparking but isn’t igniting the burner, you should proceed to clean the area with a warm soapy cloth or an alcohol solution to help remove any burnt or caked-on food buildup. You can also use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the burner, and a small toothpick or sewing needle to clean the burner holes. Finally, reinstall the burner cap and grate, and check to see if it ignites properly.

If your burner still doesn’t light, you may have a faulty ignitor on your hands. To determine if the ignitor needs to be replaced, try turning off the lights in your kitchen and sparking the burner. If it sparks yellow or orange instead of blue or not sparking at all, it’s likely faulty. In this case, your best bet is to call a qualified technician to help you assess the problem and repair it safely.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

Electric ovens that won’t emit any heat is most often due to a faulty power source, or a worn-out heating element. Therefore, your first step in troubleshooting an electric oven will be to ensure that the power source is not the source of your issue. Check the plug, power cord, as well as checking to ensure that your home’s main break panel hasn’t been tripped. Then, if you’ve double-checked that your oven is connected to the power and it still won’t heat up, move on to testing the heating element.

To do this, you will need to check the oven elements, which are the curved rods along the bottom and top of your electric oven. If you turn your oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the elements don’t start glowing red within a few minutes, or you simply can’t feel any heat coming from the oven whatsoever, you’ll likely need to replace your elements. In some cases, you’ll be able to tell your elements need to be replaced by eye if they appear blistered, separated, or corroded in any way. Troubleshooting your appliances to determine whether the problem is a quick fix is one thing.

However, if you’re unsure of how to proceed, or you simply can’t get your oven back to normal working order after trying these tips, we recommend calling in a professional.

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Broken 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

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.