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Dislodged oven door, can't re-attach.

Hotpoint electric stove, 20 years old. We accidentally dislodged oven door trying to move the stove. Now we can't re-attach the door. Can you help?

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All oven door hinges have small grove or tooth that must be engaged to opperate correctly.


Reinsert hinges one at a time, noting there is a small "tooth" or "gap" on each hinge.


This gap must engage with the lower part of opening in which you place door hinges. When you engage one tooth, do same on opposite hinge. Door now works correctly.

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