How to Fix a High-Pitched Noise in a GE Oven

Generally speaking, most ovens don’t make much noise, including GE ovens. If the oven is making a high-pitched noise when in operation, something is not working correctly. To fix the problem, investigate the source and reason for the noise, thereby determining if you can solve the problem yourself or if you will require professional service.

Step 1

Disconnect power to the oven, and disconnect the fluorescent lamp starter, which is located on the top of the oven control panel to the left of the center. 

Step 2

Reconnect power and start heating the oven.  If the oven no longer makes the high-pitched noise, contact GE for a replacement fluorescent lamp starter.

Step 3

Allow the oven to cool and look inside at the fan, which circulates the heat and air through the oven.  The fan is located on the side or on the bottom of the oven.

If the fan is visibly obstructed, missing any parts, obviously broken or extremely dirty, contact GE for assistance.  A service repair technician can clean, replace or repair the fan.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver


  • A fan is located in the control panel assembly on many GE ovens. This fan can make a high-pitched sound when the oven is warming up or cooling down. The fan is located behind the primary control panel and electronic oven control (EOC), which can be difficult to reach and repair correctly. Contact a service professional for this task.
  • Some other components that might make noise during oven use include the light ballast or one or more of the control board transformers. These are both tasks that should be investigated and potentially repaired by a service professional.

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.