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Trying to find out how to lock the door on the whirlpool designer

I'm trying to find out how to lock the door on the whirlpool designer style wall mounted oven. I don't have the instruction book. I press "clean" on the display panel and press start, then it says "door" there is no handle to lock the door and the locking latch is inaccessible. any ideas in how to get the door to lock so I can clean the oven?

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    Door is locked and wording as above appears



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The door latch mechanism is defective. It is self-latching.
The door latch switch must be replaced.

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If a selfclean oven door lock fails to open after the self clean cycle and sufficient cooling time has elapsed (approximately 1 hour), there are several things you can try.
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