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Last year, my 8 year old Whirlpool oven door would not stay closed all the way. I ordered new hinges, replaced them and it was great for 11 months. Still under warranty, I replaced them a second time... but this time they only lasted a month. Now, the door looses tension about 2 inches from the closed position. I am going to order another set, but any idea what would cause this? The oven gets used 3 or 4 times a week at most.

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  • brian215 Jun 25, 2009

    I don't see anything like what you described in the door... Here is the hinge I used (http://appliancehelp.com/Catalog_Detail....) and it appears to be self-contained. I see no wheel... the hinge just screws into the door and then slides into the oven. As a test, I took the hinges out and put them in the oven without the door... it looks like the springs are just too weak to keep the door up... but it felt perfectly fine for the first month. One of the hinges looks a little discolored... I wonder if the heat is weakening the hinges... or of these are just cheapt aftermarket hinges that are not built to last?

  • brian215 Jun 26, 2009

    They are supposed to be genuine OEM parts, but who knows in reality. Thank you for your help.

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Are you replacing the hinge guides as well? The hinge is usually only one half of the problem. When you remove the door, look into where the upper long arm of the hinge resided. You will see a little runner wheel. Touch it with a thin screw driver and see if the wheel feels loose. I'll bet at least one of them is!

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  • wildwest1959 Jun 25, 2009

    Ah, ok...my apology. I see the price in dollars, I thought it was a UK Whirlpool. Looking at the type of hinge you have, I would agree that the hinge itself is at fault. Are you getting supplied with genuine parts? Patent or copy parts can sometimes be a poor copy of the originals. Heat shouldn't really affect them too much as they are designed with that in mind. If they were genuine parts, you may have had a duff set...hope you get on ok with it. Good luck!

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