Can you repair an oven door?

Oven door issues, like not closing completely, can cause heat to escape from your oven and uneven cooking temperatures –which can be a disaster for baking!

 

This puts you and your food at risk for burns. Fortunately, it’s usually an easy fix that can be done yourself. If you find your oven door isn’t closing properly, there’s no need to call appliance repair. Follow these 6 steps, and you’ll get back to even temperatures!

Step 1 – Get your tools

 

Get everything you will need out so you can complete the job once you’ve started. To repair your oven, you will need the following items:
 
 
  • Replacement hinges
  • Replacement gasket
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Pliers
 
 
For your replacement parts, go to an appliance supply store with your make and model number and to ensure you get the right pieces.
 

 

Step 2 – Unplug the Oven

 
Safety first! Unplug your oven and if it’s gas, turn off the gas.
 

 

Step 3 – Remove the door

 
Remove the door from the hinges. It may simplyhave become loose and crooked, or there may be an issue with your hinges. The most common reason for oven door problems are the hinges, and they will need to be replaced. Most hinges will release by pulling the door straight up and out. If this doesn’t work, your door may be attached with a screw so you will have to unscrew these to remove it.
 

 

Step 4 – Replace your hinges

 
Using the same type of hinge, replace the hinges on your oven by hooking them back into the designated holes. To reattach, push thedoor into it. Depending on your oven, it will either lock in place, or you may need to screw it into place.
 

 

Step 5 – Replace springs (if needed)

 
Look to see if the door springs are broken by sliding out the bottom drawer and looking under the oven. Thesprings are located between the oven and the door. If you don’t see them, don’t worry –not all ovens have springs, but if you do, it’s possible they wore out and need to be replaced.To replace a spring, open the ends around the bolts with pliers. Replace the springs with the same ones and fasten around the same bold.
 

 

Step 6 – Replace gasket

 

The silicone lining, or rubber gasket, inside the edge of the door could be preventing it from closing it completely.To remove, pry a section off and then pull until it has all been removed. Using an identical gasket, measure it to the same size and cut using your utility knife.

 

Push the new gasket into the groove using your fingers until it is all in place. The ends of the gasket should meet without overlapping.As you can see, it’s not difficult to repair an oven door yourself. Ensure you get the proper pieces for your oven, organize your tools in advance and follow these steps and your oven door will be working as it should.

Oven facts

When heated in a microwave oven, closed containers like egg can explode due to the increased pressure from steam that builds inside them.

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