The GE oven has several locking features that can cause the control panel or oven door to become unusable until they are unlocked again. Locking and unlocking the control panel is simply a matter of pressing and holding a button on the panel, while unlocking the actual oven door is more complicated, depending on why the door is locked in the first place.
Unlock the control panel of the GE oven
The GE oven offers lockable controls so none of the settings can be turned on or changed accidentally by a child. The lockout setting is activated by pressing and holding the “Control lockout” button for three seconds. The lockout is also deactivated by holding down the “Control lockout” button for three seconds. While the oven is in lockout mode, the “cancel” or “shutdown” setting is still available, which can be useful if a child accidentally turns on the oven and locks the control panel.
Locked in self-cleaning mode
On self-cleaning oven models, the oven door lock is engaged so the door cannot be opened during the cleaning process. This cleaning process can take anywhere from three to five hours, depending on the cleaning time you choose before the “clean” mode is activated. The door will not open until the oven has cooled to room temperature.
Some models offer a faster “steam clean” mode that takes only 30 minutes. Once the steam cleaning session is active, the oven door will not open until the cleaning cycle is complete.
Unlocking after cleaning
Some models are equipped with a latch that slides to the right to lock the door in cleaning mode. After the oven has cooled down after cleaning, move the latch to the left to open the door. Do not force the latch; if it does not move freely, wait for the oven to cool and try again.
If you haven’t cleaned the oven, but the door still seems locked, try gently sliding the latch to the left without effort. Some older models also have a latch release button that you must press to move the latch to the left. On models with “set” and “temperature” knobs, the latch cannot be moved to the left to unlock unless the knobs are set to the “clean” position. Return the knobs to the “clean” position and then try the latch.
If you have activated the cleaning mode but want to cancel it and open the oven door, turn the oven temperature knob to the “off” position wait for the oven to cool, then slide the latch to the left to unlock the door. Use the same method if the oven door closes when you were about to bake or roast something, but the cleaning mode may have been activated accidentally.
If it locks during use
GE ovens are designed to lock only during the cleaning cycle. If the oven lock is activated during baking, press “clear/off” and wait for the oven to cool completely. The door should open.
When all else fails
If the oven door does not open even after you make sure the oven has cooled down inside, start a new self-cleaning cycle and then press “clean/off” after one minute. Do this only when there is no food or items in the oven that could be damaged in the cleaning process. If it still won’t open, perform the cleaning cycle for an hour or two and then wait for the oven to cool again. This should unlock it.
On some electric profile models, turning the unit off for 30 seconds and then turning it back on may unlock the door. Turning off the circuit breaker for a few minutes and then turning it back on can also work. If the oven door is still closed, you may need to schedule an appointment with an oven repair technician.