Most modern ranges have the ability to be programmed for Sabbath mode. This is a mode of operation based on Jewish requirements for holidays and Sabbaths. On Sabbaths, devout Jews cannot operate any machinery, including appliances, because this is considered work, which is prohibited on the Sabbath Day. To accommodate this, the range can be placed into Sabbath mode where only the bake and timed bake modes are functional.
If you see a 5Ab code on the control panel of this Maytag range, it means the range is in Sabbath mode (the “5” is used to represent an “S”) and only the bake and timed bake functions will work. Don’t ax me why these functions are kosher but broil apparently is not– I am but a gentile Samurai.
Here’s how to get into and out of Sabbath mode:
Hold CLOCK pad for 3 seconds to activate Sabbath mode.
“5Ab” will be displayed and flash for 5
Hold CLOCK pad for 3 seconds to disable Sabbath mode.
Display will go back to time of day.
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