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Self-Cleaning - Kenmore C970-44183 Use & Care Manual

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During the Self-Cleaning
cycle, the outside of the range can
become very hot to the touch. DO NOT
leave small children unattended near
the appliance.
The health of some
birds is extremely sensitive to the fumes
given off during the Self-Cleaning cycle
of any range. Move birds to another
well-ventilated room.
DO NOT line the oven
walls, racks, bottom or any other part of
the range with aluminum foil. Doing so
will destroy heat distribution, produce
poor baking results and cause
permanent damage to the oven interior
(aluminum foil will melt to the interior
surface of the oven).
DO NOT force the oven
door open. This can damage the
automatic door locking system. Use
caution when opening the door after the
Self-Cleaning cycle is completed. The
oven may still be VERY HOT.
Note: See additional cleaning informa-
tion for the oven door in the General
Care & Cleaning section.
To Set the Self-Clean Cycle
Refer to the Oven Control Guide for Self-Clean Cycle settings.
Self-Cleaning Oven
A Self-Cleaning oven cleans itself with high temperatures (well above
cooking temperatures) which eliminate soils completely or reduces them to
a fine powdered ash you can wipe away with a damp cloth.
Adhere to the following cleaning precautions:
NOTE: Prior to setting the Self-Clean cycle, any spills remaining on the
oven bottom should be removed.
What to Expect during Cleaning:
While the oven is in operation, the oven heats to temperatures much higher
than those used in normal cooking. Sounds of metal expansion and
contraction are normal. Odor is also normal as the food soil is being
removed. Smoke may appear through the oven vent.
If heavy spillovers are not wiped up before cleaning, they may flame and
cause more smoke and odor than usual. This is normal and safe and
should not cause alarm. If available, use an exhaust fan during the self-
cleaning cycle.
NOTE: A smoke eliminator in the oven vent converts most of the soil into a
colorless vapor.
DO NOT use oven cleaners or oven protective coatings in or around
any part of the Self-Cleaning oven.
DO NOT clean the oven door gasket. The woven material of the oven
door gasket is essential for a good seal. Care should be taken not to
rub, damage or remove the gasket.
DO NOT use any cleaning materials on the oven door gasket. Doing so
could cause damage.
Remove the broiler pan and insert, all utensils and any aluminum
foil. These items cannot withstand high cleaning temperatures.
Oven racks do not have to be removed. If they are not removed during
the Self-Clean cycle their color will turn slightly blue and the finish will
be dull. After the cycle is complete and the oven has cooled, rub the
sides of the oven racks with wax paper or a cloth containing a small
amount of salad oil (this will make the racks glide easier into the rack
Remove any excessive spillovers in the oven cavity before starting
the Self-Cleaning cycle. To clean, use hot, soapy water and a cloth.
Large spillovers can cause heavy smoke or fire when subjected to high
temperatures. DO NOT allow food spills with a high sugar or acid
content (such as milk, tomatoes, sauerkraut, fruit juices or pie filling)
to remain on the surface as they may leave a dull spot even after
Clean any soil from the oven frame, the door liner outside the oven
door gasket and the small area at the front center of the oven bottom.
These areas heat sufficiently to burn soil on. Clean with soap and


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