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GE oven error code “F7” and how to fix it

June 23rd, 2007 · 10 Comments

One of the most common problems with GE electric built in ovens is the error code “F7” shown on the display. I’ve seen it many times before and today I had a service call for the same problem again. The error code “F7” will be displayed along with a beeping sound if the ERC (Electronic Range Control) or “clock” senses one or more buttons on the control panel stuck. It could be displayed in any mode: “cook”, “clean” or even more often in the “time of the day” mode. In order to fix it, the control panel has to be replaced. This is a very simple job and you will need just a 1/4″ nut driver and a Phillips screwdriver.
To get the right replacement part just click on the link AppliancePartsPros then type the model number of your oven (it is located at the bottom left corner on the door frame of the lower oven) in the search box, click on the “search” button and in the new window type the word ”control panel”  in the “search by keyword” box and click the “search” button.
Always turn off the circuit breaker first.
Open the oven door (if you have a double oven, it should be the upper one) and remove three screws (on some models just two on corners) from the bottom of the control panel. If the control panel on your oven is made of stainless steel, then you have to pull the oven out of the cabinet for about 2″ to 3″ to get better access. Pull the control panel forward and up to remove the tabs on the top of the frame, out of the holes in the end caps. Pull the control panel out and turn it about 90° toward yourself (the face of the control panel down). Unplug the control panel ribbon from the ERC. Remove four screws holding the ERC to the control panel. On some models you also have to remove the screw which attaches the ground wire to the control panel. Let the ERC hang on its wires, remove the old control panel and replace it with the new one. On some models before you do it, you have to remove the end caps and the bottom shield from the old control panel and install them on the new one. Do not forget to plug the new control panel ribbon into the ERS slot. Attach the new control panel to the oven and turn the circuit breaker on. Set the time of the day and you are back in business.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • Andrew Smith // May 12, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Your repair instructions for Fault code F7 on our GE oven were perfect. The Appliance Parts Pros shipped with no problems. The directions for replacing the control panel were to the ‘Tee’. Thanks for having this website, I’ll tell everyone I know how helpful it was for me.

  • Gene // May 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Hello Andrew,

    I’m glad you were able to fix it.
    Thank you for stopping by.


  • Michael Frattaroli // Nov 22, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I was able to fix mine by removing the ribbon cable, cleaning with alcohol and reinserting it. Also don’t forget there are tabs on each side of the ribbon cable socket that must be lifted out prior to removal and reinsertion.

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  • Indie Smith // Jan 1, 2015 at 9:56 am

    We have a GE Spectra Oven – GAS – we keep getting F7 error codes and the oven will not heat. We have now replaced control panel and still no heat. What could the problem be. Thanks for your help.

  • Gene // Jan 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Hello Indie,

    Thank you for your question.

    In order to provide most accurate advice I need the complete model number of the oven.


  • parm // Jan 17, 2015 at 1:31 am

    In my case it was the keypad. The number “3” on the keypad was stuck and hence “f7” error code. I gently pried the two sandwiched membrane layers of the key pad just close to the number “3”. That’s it . I got the key unstuck and the whole thing works awesome.

  • Leslie // Apr 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try and fix it right now!!

  • Lee Armstrong // May 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I changed out the control panel and now no code but it clicks and the clock flashes also nothing is working on it

  • Gene // May 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Hello Lee.

    Make sure the control panel ribbon cable is plugged into the control board slot tight and firm.

    Thank you,

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