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High Temperature Self-Clean Cycle Information

Guide to KitchenAid 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 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 get rid of 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 during self-cleaning to remove soil. 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 or it will not lock and the cycle will not begin.

Start the Cleaning Cycle

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

Self-Clean Reminders

  • The oven door will lock approximately 6 seconds after the cycle has been started.
  • "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 prior to 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 prior to self-cleaning the oven will reduce unsightly burned-on residue.