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Product Help | Maytag

High Temperature Self-Clean Cycle Information

Guide to Maytag High Temperature Self-Clean Oven Cycle 

The Self-Cleaning cycle uses very high temperatures, burning soil to a powdery ash. Refer to your Owner's Manual for specific instructions on setting the Self-Clean feature.

IMPORTANT: The health of some birds is extremely sensitive to the fumes given off during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Exposure to the fumes may result in the death of certain birds. Always move birds to another closed and well-ventilated room.

Tips for High-Temperature Self-Cleaning Ovens: 

  • Self-clean the oven before it becomes heavily soiled—heavy soil results in longer cleaning and more smoke.
  • Keep the kitchen well-ventilated during the Self-Cleaning cycle to help eliminate heat, odors, and smoke.
  • Do not block the oven vent(s) during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Air must be able to move freely.
  • Do not clean, rub, damage, or move the oven door gasket. The door gasket is essential for a good seal.

Prepare the Oven: 

  1. Remove the oven racks, broiler pan, grid, cookware, and bakeware from the oven.
  2. Remove any foil from the oven.
  3. Hand-clean inside the door edge and the 1½ in (3.8 cm) area around the inside oven cavity frame, being careful not to move or bend the gasket. This area does not get hot enough to remove soil during self-cleaning. Do not let water, cleaner, or any other liquid enter slots on the door frame. Use a damp cloth to clean this area.
  4. Wipe out any loose soil to reduce smoke and avoid damage. 

Prepare the Cooktop and Storage Drawer:

  1. Remove any plastic items from the cooktop, to prevent melting.
  2. Remove all items from the storage drawer.

Before self-cleaning, make sure the door is closed completely; otherwise, it will not lock, and the cycle will not begin.

Start the Cleaning Cycle

  1. Press the Clean button.
  2. Select the desired clean setting or cycle time.
  3. Press the Start button.
  4. When the cycle ends, let the range cool and wipe out excess ashes from the clean cycle.

Self-Clean Reminders

  • The oven door will lock approximately 6 seconds after the cycle starts.
  • "Heat," "On," "Locked," and "Clean" will appear on the display.
  • The door will not unlock until the oven cools. The cycle time includes a 30-minute cool-down time.
  • When the cycle is complete and the oven cools, "End" will appear on the display, and "Locked" will disappear.
  • The heating and cooling of porcelain on steel in the oven may result in discoloring, loss of gloss, hairline cracks, and popping sounds. This is normal and will not affect the performance of the appliance.

Please see the oven cleaning section in your Owner's Manual for specific instructions on how to clean your oven. 

If you would like to download or view product literature for your appliance, please visit our Manuals and Literature page.

Cleaning the Oven Window

Soil left on glass before self-cleaning may leave dark streaks or stains. Most of these stains can be removed by using a glass cleaner and scrubbing with a very fine (000) steel wool pad. Cleaning the window glass before self-cleaning the oven will reduce unsightly burned-on residue.

Cleans even where you can't see

affresh® cleans deep inside your appliances reaching components such as the tub, racks, pump, valves, drain, and recirculation hoses.

Cleaners are available at many retailers or can be purchased here.

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