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New Oven Nightmare! Need suggestions!

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Joined: Jul 28 2004

We recently remodeled our kitchen and are very happy with the results, with one exception: we have a new, supposedly top-of-the line double oven that is driving me mad with its whirring fans which cannot be disconnected.

The oven in question is a Bosch HBN 455 double oven. The top unit is convection/conventional and the bottom oven is conventional. Both ovens have fans that whir constantly when in operation. When the ovens are turned off, we enjoy about 10 minutes of blissful silence and then the fans start in again for another 15 minutes or so! It has been explained to me that these fans are necessary to "cool off the electronic control panels." Both of the service men who came to check out my complaint told me that the ovens are working as designed and that there is nothing I can do about it. Arghhhhhh!

Our kitchen, like all Eichlers, is an open plan. So we hear the fans in the living room and in the den which is just off the kitchen. Our dining area is just on the other side of the kitchen counter and we can hear the oven when we are entertaining guests at the dining room table. I feel as if an uninvited monster has taken up residence in my house!

So my questions are: has anyone else experienced this problem with a new built-in double oven? Does anyone have a recommendation for a truly quiet oven? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Besides asking the shop you bought it from or calling Bosch, I would post your question on http://www.thathomesite.com on the appliance forum. Here is a similar question from that website:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg0715005022360.html

I just remodeled my kitchen and installed a Frigidaire range. It does the same thing and the fan starts immediately upon turning it on and is on for a fair amount of time after the oven is turned off. Luckily it isn't too annoying but I didn't expect it.

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Joined: Apr 12 2003

We have a Jenn-Air, with electronics, and it does the same - and it's not even a convection oven! There is a fan exclusively to protect the electronic panel. It starts when a certain temperature is reached, and blows hot air in your face everytime you open the oven door :(

- antenor

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Joined: Jul 28 2004

Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I went over to the GardenWeb and read some interesting posts confirming the fact that I'm not alone! One poster mentioned the Thermador series C as being much quieter..apparently it has a fan that shuts off when the oven is below 525.
I will look into it.

It seems to me that Eichler open-plan kitchens are the least suited to these new ovens. But since there don't seem to be ANY new ovens without fans, I wonder what we are supposed to do?

Order in pizza maybe?

I'd be very interested in learning which wall oven brands are being installed in Eichlers and how the owners feel about them.

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Joined: Aug 28 2003

Our wall oven (GE Monogram) is in an island. The fan is not loud but we did have some problem with arcing when the t.v. was on at the same time as the oven. This has not been a problem since we upgraded our electrical wiring.

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Joined: Jul 28 2004

Does your GE Monogram have fans that run after you shut the oven off?
And do you hear it while you are eating?

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Joined: Aug 28 2003

re: GE Monogram wall oven in island
I always use the convection mode and the fan makes an uneven whirring sound after I turn the oven off for about 10 minutes. I wonder if its broken--since it sounds like everyone else has a much louder fan for this oven type. We hear it when we eat in the multi-purpose room which is right next to the island but I have never found it to be distracting. I wonder if the large size of the island makes the oven quieter than it would be otherwise?

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