If a Whirlpool oven displays an error code, make a note of the code, and press the Stop/Clear button on the display panel. If the code does not clear, turn off the circuit breaker or unplug the oven for five minutes, and then restore the power.
Error codes on ovens with electronic displays help to narrow the problem, but the first step in diagnosis is clearing the logic board and error code. In some cases, this is the only repair needed. However, if the code reappears, the owner should have a professional repair the unit.
If the error code indicates a problem with the door lock, clearing the code does not always resolve the issue immediately. Manufacturers design the door lock to remain in the locked position until the oven has time to cool after cleaning. Once it reaches the set temperature, door locks disengage again.
Prior to solid-state appliances, the oven owners had the ability to purchase parts and replace them until the oven worked correctly. While the error codes help to narrow the problem, they are often ambiguous. The same code can indicate a failure of the keypad or the clock unit, both of which are expensive enough that a service call would likely be the most economical option.