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Magic Chef Electric Range/Oven


Name: Laura  City:

Question: Every night about 12:00am, our oven timer goes off and won't stop dinging until we press the off/clear button. I do not think it is set. What should we do?


Name: Jill Keith | Date: July 29, 2004, 21:00
Answer: Did you find a resolution to this issue? I am having the same problem. Thanks


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: August 1, 2004, 4:43
Answer: Sounds like a bad timer control, replaced one recently. Best thing is to have an appliance tech check to make sure. The one I replace recently was a clock/timer only, it didn't control the oven. I snipped the wire to the chime until new part came in for customer.


Name: Mr. do it yo'self and save some cash | Date: August 1, 2004, 10:21
Answer: I'm having the same issue with our Magic Chef Ele.range/oven and the timer chime going off every 20 minutes etc. I'd rather not pay for a tech to come out, and we don't have the wiring diagram. So, how do I identify the wire to the chime so I can snip it? Some of the wire-to-board unions are labeled (i.e. broil, bake...) which correspond to the touch-pad buttons on the front, but nothing labeled timer or chime. please help!!!


Name: Chrys | Date: August 15, 2004, 11:35
Answer: I'm having the same problem with my Magic Chef! It chimes approximately every 24 hours, at 3:00am. Are there any quick fixes for the layman? wurm@alumni.princeton.edu


Name: John | Date: September 8, 2004, 16:10
Answer: My Mom has the same problem every year with her Magic Chef oven. The service charge is $100 for someone to replace the touchpad panel. I wish I could find the part myself and do it cheaper.


Name: Marlene | Date: September 11, 2004, 7:40
Answer: This is a common proble with Magic Chef ranges. The touch pad is bad. I would like to know where I can purchase a replacement. Can anyone out there help me? Thanks


Name: magic chef stove/oven | Date: September 21, 2004, 12:15
Answer: F-1 and beeps all the time


Name: Jo | Date: September 26, 2004, 9:43
Answer: I recently bought an older home that has a Magic Chef double wall oven. The clock/timer does not work. Where can I get information/parts? Model #978-4CX


Name: Chrys | Date: September 29, 2004, 17:58
Answer: I received the same $100-$150 quote from the extremely unhelpful people at Maytag (they denied that this is a common problem with their Magic Chef ranges, and management flatly refused to open an investigation into the unit). So I fixed the problem myself (for $30) by purchasing a heavy duty outdoor remove control outlet / extension cord and plugging the stove into that. Whenever I need to use the stove, I turn it on with the remote control, and turn it off again when I'm done. I had to go to several hardware stores before finding a remote outlet that was grounded, but it works like a charm.


Name: Carolyn | Date: October 11, 2004, 13:46
Answer: I also had a dinging problem with an F1 displayed and could only shut it off by turning the power off. I could operate the oven though when the power was on. I was also told it was the clock/timer and replaced that which cost $170. With this new part, I am now getting an F4 displayed and cannot operate the oven or broiler. Can anyone tell me what F4 means and could it be a faulty new part.


Name: Chris and Julie | Date: October 11, 2004, 18:29
Answer: We found this site very interesting. Now we know that we are not the only ones with this F1 problem. What a pain in the a-- it is! We are going to contact the store where we got it and tell them that this is a common problem obviously. All of us should not have to pay for this defect. Just like they recall cars, this should definitely be a recall situation. We'll write back and let you know how we made out.


Name: JOhn | Date: October 17, 2004, 11:33
Answer: We have the same problem and it cost about $150 to get the computer fixed - now it's happening again. Maytag was really unhelpful, and we can't afford a continual replacement so we're getting a new oven. Not a Maytag though! Never.


Name: Carolyn | Date: October 21, 2004, 16:19
Answer: My original post was October 11 and we found out the F4 was a disconnected wire. However, a couple days after this was fixed, the oven started dinging again with an F-1 displayed. This is a brand new part! All the timers and broil work fine. After three times of this happening within 2 hours, I again shut off the circuit breaker to the stove.


Name: Frank | Date: October 24, 2004, 7:12
Answer: I had to replace the touch pad for $215 using a service tech. Magic Chef should be ashamed of themselves putting out junk like this.


Name: Eric Sevor | Date: November 10, 2004, 9:27
Answer: I have a Magic Chef Range and the thing will start beeping and flashing F1. I dont have a owerns manual, What does this mean.


Name: Ken H | Date: November 14, 2004, 7:06
Answer: I brought my range used in August 2004 for my an apartment I rent. The tenant moved out and I recently noticed that the F-1 displays and dings until I press the clock button. It goes out and starts again in about 20 seconds. The only way to stop it, is to unplug the ranges. I having the appliance store that sold it to me, look at it since he warranted it.


Name: Sunil Lobo | Date: November 14, 2004, 14:49
Answer: How to test many brands of Ranges that are flashing a F1 fault code: You have either a bad ERC (clock) or a bad touch pad. Disconnect power to stove Gain access to the back of the clock (electronic range control or ERC). Unplug the touch pad ribbon connector from the ERC. This will be a flat wire approx. 1 1/2" to 2" wide. Make sure everything is clear and will not short out when power is turned back on. Turn power back on to stove. Watch for the F1 and listen for the beep. If you get the F1 and beep, replace the ERC. If after approx. 30 minutes you do NOT get the F1 and hear the beep, replace the touch pad. NOTE: Some models incorporate the touch pad and the clock as one part. * We have seen a few of the newer Maytag ranges with a F1 fault code and the problem was the oven temp sensor, check carefully the wires to and from the oven temp sensor!! This has been a new occurrence to us in the last 2 years or so.


Name: Phil in Florida | Date: November 16, 2004, 5:30
Answer: F1 beeping is driving us CRAZY. Used to be once a nite, now it's every 10 seconds round the clock.......HELP


Name: Jerry | Date: November 18, 2004, 10:52
Answer: My Magic Chef has a different problem. The digital readout is 400°F when the actual oven temp is 210°F, the food never cooks. I installed a new sensor, same result. How do you calibrate the temperature on these ovens?


Name: Webbs | Date: November 21, 2004, 8:33
Answer: We are having a similar problem as most here - last nite at about 10 pm the timer started beeping with an f-7 signal - we couldn't even get it to stop (no matter what button we pushed) so we just unplugged it! Would the f-7 be the same problem as the f1 or f4? Also - we have had 1 occurance where we set the temp to 350 for 1/2 hour (cooking instructions? and the oven 'felt hot' but the food had only thawed! We had to up the temp AND the time - this had not happed the time before when we cooked this same dish & had not happened since.....


Name: Ed M | Date: November 23, 2004, 13:34
Answer: Regarding the part, if you're a little handy, you can replace it yourself (It's a plug in module, with 3-4 simple connectors - just make sure to disconnect the power first! Try an appliance parts store, or the www.Maytag.com site, under parts. It's about $139 + shipping and possible tax.


Name: Ken | Date: December 4, 2004, 9:08
Answer: Turn off the power, and pry up the cooktop with a dull implement or screw driver, at each end (it is held in by clips). Find the speaker and cut one of the wires. The stove will say F1, but will forever more be silent. If you hit "clear" and then use as normal, it will work forever more. You won't have a clock, but it'll save $130.(My replacement membrane went bad in a year).


Name: David Shinn, shinnsei@yahoo.com | Date: December 6, 2004, 18:53
Answer: Humidity. We've had intermittent problems with the control panel over the years resulting in replacing the control panel! Not cheap. The second began doing the same thing - beeping F1 - and often. I figured something was up rather than just a bad panel. I searched and read on the internet and found a note from someone who said that a recurring F1 is result of high humidity. Sure enough, I lowered the humidity (in my case turning the air on, closing the windows in the summer (the midwest can be humid that time of year) an lo and behold, no more F1's! I can almost predict F1's by paying attention to the humidity - maybe the weather forecaster could use it as a humidity measure!


Name: Jenny | Date: December 13, 2004, 17:57
Answer: We also have the F-1 problem. First told it was maybe due to brown outs and we should turn off the power to the stove and let it "reset"; interesting no other electrical device is having a problem and the UPS isn't registering a problem. So that didn't work and it is getting worse. Now told it will cost over $200 to replace the clock/timer. I see a lot of people having this problem; at least I don't feel lonely anymore :-)


Name: Brian | Date: December 14, 2004, 11:55
Answer: I also have had to replace the control pad many times over the last 10 years, although I have a home warrenty and only pay a service fee. It is very inconvenient to have to have to make appointments and go through the crap. I am going to get rid of this product and buy one that works and is backed up by the manufacturer. I would not buy or recamend any products made by this company or any of their related companies.


Name: Brian | Date: December 14, 2004, 12:37
Answer: To Ken (Dec 4)where is the speaker located at? I lifted up the top of the range and cant tell if its inside the assembly or attatched to the glass top. I called the mfg of Magic Chef at 1-800-688-9900 and they werent alot of help and wouldnt even acknowledge the problem I see alot of you other folks also have. I would encourage everyone with this problem to call them and voice your concerns. But I hope Ken can tell me where that darn speaker is so I can disable it. I can live without the clock on the range but I sure can do without that constant beeping!!!


Name: maureen | Date: December 19, 2004, 7:54
Answer: To Ken and Brian-- We, too, have replaced the touch pad 3 times and it just failed again. Please tell me how to detach the wire to the speaker. I thought I knew which one is was, but after detachment, the beeper still worked. Thanks. mnkelly@comcast.net


Name: Al | Date: December 29, 2004, 6:42
Answer: Our Magic Chef Range Oven ingitor will not heat. I took the gas valve and both ignitors and had them tested they are all good. still only broiler ignitor will heat.


Name: Joe | Date: January 4, 2005, 17:34
Answer: Our Magic Chef has had one control replaced and the beeper goes off intermittently after about a year and a 1/2. I do not mind repairing something if it is going to help but a second unit and a year or so of service is not an acceptable service life of a part. Is a better replacement available?