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The oven door won't open. It happened when it wasn't being used. How do I get the door to open?

Someone suggested that I should shut off the switch at the box in the basement and then reconnect. This did not work. I still can't open the oven door.

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If it is a self cleaning oven try running it thru the clean cycle to see if the door will unlock at the end of the cycle.

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