If you own an oven, chances are at some point you will need to access the electronics behind the control panel. Doing it yourself can save you some money and is easy to do on most ovens. Regardless of what you may hear, the control boards on all appliances are repairable. Many times, control board repair is the only option because they are obsolete or no longer available from the manufacturer. A good example of a repair service company is www.FixYourBoard.com.
This posting shows the basic steps for removing a control board from a built-in electric Whirlpool model . A similar process applies to Kitchenaid, GE, Thermador, Dacor, Jennair and many others. This process is just as easy on most other oven brands and once you do it, you will be glad you tackled the job. All you usually need is a screw driver and a refreshing drink. This post covers the basic steps that one should follow.
1. Turn Off Power to Oven
This is the single most important step. This is for your safety and to protect the electronics of the oven. Removing power ensures that no wires will be shorted to other metal parts. This is done with the circuit breaker. Find the right one and make sure it turns off all lights in the oven and control panel.
2. Remove Mounting Hardware
This whirlpool has mounting screws for the support brackets on the sides of the oven door. These can be removed by opening the door and removing the holding screws.
3. Take Notes and Pictures
Now, the control panel should be loose and you can pull it out to see what is behind the control panel. This is great time to take some notes and pictures. This is quick to do and you will glad you did once it is time to re-install the control board.
In most cases as in this one, you will see the control board attached to the front panel. Again, before you remove the control board from the panel or disconnect any wires, it is recommended that you take some snapshots before going any further.
Once the connections are removed and the control board is free, all you have to do is wrap it with some cushioning and put it in a box. Most control boards will be fixed, tested and returned to your door step within a week.