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Kenmore Gas Range handle screws get loose and door falls off

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I had the same problem with my stove. I tried to replace, glue the srews and other things, but nothing really worked well. It's a shame that Kennmore has such a design flaw in their stoves, but did nothing to help their customers.

Here is the solution that worked for me:

Fix the thread with helicoils (these are inserts that create a new threat in the handle). You can find the instructions how to use the helicoils on Youtube.
I replaced the crews with new screws that fit to the helicoil threat and now the handle is safely secured.

Regards

Michael

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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We had the same problem. We had some tough epoxy that we squirted into the bolt holes, then screwed the bolts in. It took two of us, one to hold the door together and one to screw in the bolts. We didn't use the oven until the epoxy set, but now we no longer have a problem with the door falling apart every time we open the oven door!

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore gas range model 790 door glass shattered, handle problem

We have suffered the same problem for the past 3 yrs. We first had the door all fall apart and I screwed it back together thinking that someone missed tightening a screw. Then shortly after the 1 yr warranty was up it happened again. Sears would not help, first told me that there was a recall, then not. After 6 departments and 12 people later they sent me on to whirl pool the manufacturer who said "see sears".
Anyways since we are abandoned by Sears who we trusted (as parents did) we are on our own, here is how I solved it.
After several times of the screw popping out and chipping and stripping the treads in the handle; I too switched out the bottom handle with the top but now at 3yrs old both handles had the threads stripped and chipped and the oven door fell apart during Thanksgiving dinner with the mother law 2009.
The next step for me after another round with Sears with no results (except they said it was common problem) and a letters to Att. Gen. (keep the letters flowing as they are hearing) was to go to the hardware store. I was able to find (not at the main hardware stores, had to go to mom/pa old fashion hardware store) a packet of #10 Sheet metal screws (Stainless steel) 2 1/2" long and a flat washer. This worked. Cost $1.18. Note it does strip the factory threads, so if your present threads are not too bad you may not want do it. You need the washer because the 2 1/2" is slightly too long. 2 1/4" would be a better length but I could not find them.
I would think Sears would want to avoid the bad press by sending all of us $1.18 worth of hardware out. Sears offered to sell me new handles, but I was not about to give them any more of my $.
And I agree it is a very stupid design to have to small handle (where the most stress is) holding the door/glass together.
Note if glass breaks, do not mess around, buy the proper part to go back in.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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SOURCE: Handle on oven door is coming loose

can the inside skin of the door be removed by unscrewing screws?If so, this should access the screws for the handle...be sure to replace any insulation properly.

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We have suffered the same problem for the past 3 yrs. We first had the door all fall apart and I screwed it back together thinking that someone missed tightening a screw. Then shortly after the 1 yr warranty was up it happened again. Sears would not help, first told me that there was a recall, then not. After 6 departments and 12 people later they sent me on to whirl pool the manufacturer who said "see sears".
Anyways since we are abandoned by Sears who we trusted (as parents did) we are on our own, here is how I solved it.
After several times of the screw popping out and chipping and stripping the treads in the handle; I too switched out the bottom handle with the top but now at 3yrs old both handles had the threads stripped and chipped and the oven door fell apart during Thanksgiving dinner with the mother law 2009.
The next step for me after another round with Sears with no results (except they said it was common problem) and a letters to Att. Gen. (keep the letters flowing as they are hearing) was to go to the hardware store. I was able to find (not at the main hardware stores, had to go to mom/pa old fashion hardware store) a packet of #10 Sheet metal screws (Stainless steel) 2 1/2" long and a flat washer. This worked. Cost $1.18. Note it does strip the factory threads, so if your present threads are not too bad you may not want do it. You need the washer because the 2 1/2" is slightly too long. 2 1/4" would be a better length but I could not find them.
I would think Sears would want to avoid the bad press by sending all of us $1.18 worth of hardware out. Sears offered to sell me new handles, but I was not about to give them any more of my $.
And I agree it is a very stupid design to have to small handle (where the most stress is) holding the door/glass together.
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Here is the solution that worked for me:

Fix the thread with helicoils (these are inserts that create a new threat in the handle). You can find the instructions how to use the helicoils on Youtube.
I replaced the crews with new screws that fit to the helicoil threat and now the handle is safely secured.

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Murray...after a DJ here in NY from the '60's!

First, why is the handle falling off? Is it loose or damaged? Most of these handles are only plastic with holes tapped in. If the holes are damaged and you can't fix them, you will have to replace. Most handles are through bolted in the door. You should be able to access those screws from the inside of the door. If not....

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