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Kitchenaid oven door will not stay closed

Model number KEBS278DSS10 Both doors will not close tightly enough to maintain temperature or to keep the oven lights off. When opened fully, the doors are not horizontal, but appear to open too far. Thanks, Pat

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  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    have to keep it in sabbath mode in order to keep light off. I have to stand next to the oven to keep it close so that i can cook.

  • cedricfitch Apr 12, 2009

    I have a KEBS107DWH2 and have to use a chair to keep the oven door closed. It is a built in.

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I had the same problem on my parents Kitchenaid KEMS378GWH0 oven, the door would only close enough to keep the light on. They propped a chair against it to cook. My father replaced the hinges and it worked for about a week. He noticed that pulling outward on the door at the very bottom edge often allowed it to close enough to use.
After completely dismantling the oven to get access to the brackets that the hinges slide into, we found it was not broken. We decided to expand on the only near solution we had and find a way to make the bottom of the door 'push out'. Our solution was very simple. Remove the small metal plate that covers the door insulation. This revealed that the insulation is a braided hollow rope that is held in by small clips that push through holes in the front of the oven. We threaded some small metal rods about 3/8 inch in diameter into the hollow insulation pushed the clips back in to re-attach the insulation, replaced the metal cover plate.
It worked!

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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    Candace Youngman Jun 16, 2015

    Best Answer so far! I wedged some silicone pieces in the door frame, until I make a permanent fix. For all those that say replace the springs, I have done this twice in 9 months and that is not the problem! When I took it apart, I noticed that as soon as the screws were taken off it closed perfectly. All around bad design, the springs do not line up or the tension it too much. Thank you Thank you for helping me solve the problem.

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The above note did work, however here is a little clarification.
I loosened the bracket at the bottom of the oven cavity that secures the braid, I did not remove it. I then slid a shim behind the metal bracket to make it stick out. I didn't have any metal rod, but I did have four 1/4" drill bits, I inserted them two on each side with the rounded end outward. I then tightened the bracket back and now the metal bracket 'pushes' the bottom of the door.
If I replaced the braid, it may have done the same. The braid is almost 15 years old and has compressed over time
Thanks for the tip

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