*fixed* Maytag oven F1 error code - no parts just clean ribbon connector


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Old 04-15-17, 12:14 AM
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*fixed* Maytag oven F1 error code - no parts just clean ribbon connector

Maytag states that an F1 error code signals a problem with the ERC or touch keypad.

To identify whether the ERC or keyboard is the problem source, a test is to disconnect the ribbon connector strip from the keypad to the ERC board, and power up the stove.

A web search lead to a repair technician's advice that worked for me:

Their tip was to look for and resolder deteriorating soldered connections. In my case I just gently cleaned the ribbon connector with steel wool, and the connector contacts with fine sand paper, and the F1 went away... no replacement parts required.
 
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Old 04-15-17, 02:24 AM
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Why did you post? What is your question?
 
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Old 04-15-17, 03:21 AM
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Maybe it was put in the wrong section, but why is a question necessary? He gave us a tip that might work for others. I've gotten this error many times and had no clue. Now I have an option.
 
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Old 04-15-17, 07:38 AM
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Thanks Norm201, a new thread and single post that answers it's own question clearly can confuse some.

But to inform the Moderator - what other way to contribute here? - my quandary was how to add my learning to stale old posts where the forum forbids me access!

Anyhow I just returned to clarify that the ribbon is a friction fit to the connector on the board, and to gently lift and insert the ribbon into the connector to clean the bare end worked for me, at least that was my experience! (I tried moderate force to remove the connector from the board but instead the bare ribbon parted from the connector - I thought I had broken the ribbon off but perhaps not.

Perhaps the Moderator or an experienced tech can confirm my case here?

My apologies for posting in the wrong topic - can someone more familiar here possibly move it to where a search tool can properly indexed or otherwise found, thanks...
 
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Old 04-15-17, 09:53 AM
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You were extremely lucky you didn't damage the ribbon cable.

For those reading this thread.....
The ribbon should be cleaned with nothing more abrasive than a pencil eraser.
 
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Old 04-15-17, 10:26 AM
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Excellent thank you Pete - my search for 'ribbon cable' and 'eraser' turned up an earlier post and photo of yours to confirm:

The keypad connects to the control board with a mylar ribbon cable. This cable is extremely fragile and can corrode. A common problem is the mylar cable gets corroded right where it plugs in to the control board. Sometimes just removing it and resetting it takes care of the problem.
 
 

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