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Oven door just barely closes- light stays on

My oven door does not seal tightly. It often does not even close enough to trigger the oven light to go off. Any suggestions as to how to adjust this?


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  • heggie91 Jul 06, 2008

    Same problem door dose't close..light stays on....HELP 790 9642 9401

  • Anonymous Jul 20, 2008

    Same problem I ajusted the front legs to have the stove lean back more Helps but didn't solve problem completely


  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    When closing the oven door, the light does not turn off

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    When closing the oven door, the lights inside will not turn off. The switch was replaced but no change.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    How do I adjust the oven door. It does not close tightly.



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Put a tea towel on both sides of the door [folded] down by the hinges then close door. gently push the door close try a few times with a little pressure.

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I have the exact same problem with Kenmore stove. How do you actually get the hinges off?

Posted on Oct 26, 2008


Sears should have a recall as these ranges  were built with faulty hinges that do not allow the oven to close properly and the oven does not retain temperature. 
The repairman told me that Sears is well aware of this problem but will do nothing about it. 
It is 200 dollars for new hinges. Our stove is a little over a year old and the total cost for hinges and replacing the digital display was almost the price we paid for the stove. 

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This is a fairly common problem on some models. You will need to replace the door hinges. If you give me the complete model # from the sticker on the range I can give you part #'s and pricing.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007

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