Wall Oven or Range - Tips for Self Clean

The following is helpful information and tips for using the Self-Clean (may also be called Auto Clean) cycle on your self-clean oven or range. In double oven models, you cannot self clean both ovens at the same time; you also cannot bake in one while self-cleaning the other.


Before starting the Self-Clean cycle:

Remove racks and other items

  • Remove all items from the oven, including probes, foil, silicone mats, stored pans, etc. We don't recommend using your oven for storage or lining the shelves/floor with foil or silicone mats. However, if they are used and left in the oven during self-clean, damage to the oven may occur.
  • Do not remove the light bulb or light bulb cover (if applicable). 
  • Remove the racks, unless they are labeled as "self-clean". Your Owner's Manual will indicate whether they are self-clean racks. Although we don't recommend it, non-self-clean racks can put through the cleaning cycle, but will discolor and warp slightly, making it hard to pull them in and out. Download a copy of your Owner's Manual   


Wipe out interior

  • Any excessive amount of spillover (juices or liquid grease) not baked-on should be wiped out with a wet cloth before running through a self-clean cycle.
  • Wipe off the inside of the oven door with a damp cloth, especially the window. Cleaning Inner Oven Door Panel - Self Cleaning Models.
  • Do not use cleaning products when wiping out the door, window, or oven interior for self-clean. 

During the Self-Clean cycle:

  • If smoking occurs during cleaning, it is usually caused by excessive grease or soil (or a utensil, etc.) inside the oven.
    1. We recommend that you ventilate the kitchen by opening windows or turning on the exhaust fan while performing the self-clean function.
    2. If there are flames inside the oven, switch the oven to Off.
    3. Allow oven to cool at least one hour.
    4. Correct the condition which caused the smoking.
    5. Start the self-clean operation again.
  • Many ranges and ovens use fans to help cool down the internal components during and after self-cleaning. The fan or blower could run after the Self-Clean cycle is complete until the oven has cooled.

After the Self-Clean cycle:

  • It can take between 30 and 90 minutes for the oven to cool down after a self cleaning cycle. The lock light and clean lights may remain on during this time.
  • White ash on the interior is normal. Food soil can leave ash deposits in the oven after it has burned off. This appears as a light film or a darker, heavier ash, depending upon the amount of soil which was in the oven. This ash can be removed with a water and vinegar solution and a sponge or cloth.
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