Why Does My GE Gas Oven Turn on by Itself?


The GE gas oven typically operates through manual configuration but some models can be configured to automatically run itself based on previously entered settings. Self-clean, Sabbath mode and delayed baking configurations all cause the oven to turn on based on commands that the user has input. If no previous automatic startup settings were entered, there may be an issue with your oven's electronic main control board, and the oven requires repair to resolve the operational issues.


  • The self-clean setting on your GE oven can be set to begin automatically cleaning itself at an entered time, and the configured cleaning time is stored into memory unless the oven's power cord is disconnected. Pressing "Clear/Off" on the front of the oven's control panel shuts off the cleaning cycle and unlocks the oven's door after the oven's interior cools.

Timed Baking

  • A timed bake sets the oven to automatically start at a specific time is reached and is ideal if you intend to use the oven while away from home. The automatic baking function powers on the oven's heat and cooks the stored food in the oven for the configured cooking time. The oven also includes an automatic shutoff feature to end the baking process and allow the food to cool. A tap of "Clear/Off" on the oven's control panel ensures the baking time does not automatically start and requires manual configuration to reset the automatic settings.

Sabbath Feature

  • The Sabbath feature on your GE oven eliminates the need to manually press buttons to power on your appliance during the Shabbat, a day of rest that prohibits the use of electronic appliances and any form of cooking on that day. The Sabbath feature begins to warm the food prior to Shabbat and completes the cooking process based on the preferences you have input. The feature must be disabled through the "Clear" function on the oven's control panel.

Control Panel Issues

  • The GE gas oven uses an electronic control panel to regulate timer and temperature configurations and may require a power reset by manually disabling power from the power outlet used for the oven. The power outlet can be powered on or off through the fuse box or through the circuit breaker in newer homes.

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