I have a kitchenaid build in oven. The door will not stay closed tight enough to keep the "close door" light off or the oven light off. I had a repairman fix it one year ago and am having the same problem again. Can I replace the hinges myself? How do I install new hinges on the door?
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Yes but try removing the door usually a small lever on the hinge or just lower the door a bit and lift it off. Then put it back on and make sure it sits back down into the hinges. We had one that did the same thing and the door was just a bit out of the hinge.
i just had this problem with a jenn air range i was repairing, installed new hinges door closed fine, heated oven hit 200 degrees and light came on (door opened slightly) as per techline I shimmed the hinge reciever to make a bit tighter. sure enough!!! been 3 weeks she hasnt called back yet (and trust me if it didnt work she would!.. call the tech back and have him call the tech line while in home
Open your oven door and look at the hinges. You should see a drop down thumb lock on each hinge that you pull down and after you do so, lift up on the door as to close. The door will catch on these thumb locks and then at this point continue to lift up on the door as you pull the door out at the bottom. Reverse directions to reinstall.
This range was probably made by Whirlpool or one of its dozen divisions so it probably has some slop in the hinge mounting to correct for their so-so manufacturing.
You may have to somewhat disassemble it to get to the hinge screws though.
These doors have springs to shut them. If you can figure out how to get to the springs usually you will see that one is either unhooked or unattached at one end. If broken on the end bend another hook into it and add a pice of wire long enough to make up the broken difference.
Open the door fully and with a small screw driver, look closely at the hinge area on the oven cavity. There you will see a small lever that will rotate down and lock the door in place. Once in the lock position, begin closing door, you will feel the door 'catch' then lift the door off of the oven.
Solution!!! The hinges that Kitchen Aid uses are the problem. If the door is opened quickly & bottoms out, the steel in the hinge bends a little. So when you go to close the door it won't close all the way.... which causes problems with the latch , latch switch, oven cleaning, etc.
After taking apart the door several times I realized the hinge can be "fixed" without even removing the door. Follow the directions in the user manual for door removal... after inserting the little metal hinge stops (a drill bit or nail will work) Close the oven door till the stops won't allow it to close any further.....then gently but firmly, push forward. This will bend the hinge back to original shape. Remove the pins...Voila!!!
I wish kitchenaid used hardened steel or a thicker hinge....then this wouldn't happen.