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Kenmore oven locked

I pulled the slide lever to lock when baking to keep my toddler from opening the door. The slide lever was stuck in lock, but was finally able to slide it back to unlock position, but the door is still locked. I have a Kenmore microwave on top and oven bottom built into a cabinet. I cannot find any model number other than when I open the microwave and it is Model 665.4438993 built in 1990. The unit has two manual dial for temperature and settings. I tried to go into cleaning mode but neither the lock light or heat light comes on (the heat light come on in bake mode). I turn off the circuit breaker for a few hours and no luck; tried cleaning again after circuit breaker and no luck.

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Hello dktshopping,
I know you probable don't want to hear this but in you circumstance, I think you would be better off to contact a repair professional. Those oven door locks are meant to keep the door from opening during the oven's self-cleaning cycle. They are both mechanically and temperature controlled so that the door can not be opened when the oven is 950 degrees. It sounds to me as though something is not releasing to allowing the locking mechanisim to disengage from the door even though the lever is in the unlock position. The unit will probably have to be taken apaprt to remedy the problem. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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