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GLV BK-2 top latch broken at fish neck when retrieving.

If i want to use the integral bottom latch instead,what are the pros and cons of using this type of latch.

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The latch engages the interlock switches. If its broken it won't work. You will have to look inside and see if they have switches on both the top and bottom to see if you have swap them.

You should be able to order replacement latches.

The safety switches keep the oven from working with the door open so you should not disable even one of them.

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