Sears Electric Range Beeping Noise - F1 trouble code

While visiting an elderly relative, she said her Sears electric range - 7 YO - 2 years out of warranty, was disconnected because it was constantly beeping. Asked her if I could look at it. After turning it on, the loud beeping started and it displayed a F1 error code.
Asked her if she had tried to get it fixed - get this - the repair guys said a quick and maybe not permanent fix would cost her $150 parts + $100 labor and only be guaranteed for 30 days - a 6 month guaranteed fix would involve replacing a circuit board at a cost of $300 plus $100 labor. Oh they said if she bought a new Sears range, they would cart off the old one for free.
Disassembled the control panel of the range - found the speaker emitting the beeping noise - cut the wire powering it - put the range back together and it is functioning perfectly after a week.
Several years ago I had the exact same thing happen to an electric range of mine - did not call the repair crowd - just snipped the power to the speaker and no problems - the range is still working today.
So it looks like the range manufacturer's have discovered another way to get into our wallets - when they try to cheat senior citizens - makes me angry. Think I will call some Sears repair people and see what they say when I ask them about the F1 trouble code.
Hope this helps someone facing the same problem.
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responding to http://www.homeownershub.com/maintenance/Sears-Electric-Range-Beeping-Noise-F1-trouble-code-263836-.htm eppscrcj wrote: Butch: I have the same problem and have gotten to the control panel. I am not sure about disasembling the control panel to snip the wire on the speaker>
Can you advise Charley 903.293.1156
Butch wrote:

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Seems kind of irresponsible to bypass and override (what might be) safety controls: http://www.appliancefactoryparts.com/applianceshvac/help-center/fault-codes/fault-codes-ranges.html#Sears I agree it's ridiculous that it would cost hundreds to replace some dinky little circuit board, but do you really want an out-of-control heating element in your kitchen? I'm just sayin'.
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On 11/17/2010 7:20 AM, schmidtd wrote:

http://www.appliancefactoryparts.com/applianceshvac/help-center/fault-codes/fault-codes-ranges.html#Sears
I've shown a lot of folks how to fix the trouble lights that come on in their automobile dashboard. Black electrical tape. 8-)
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