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Slight crack in oven door just below the handle. Should door be replaced?

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It may be that the handle is getting loose, and cracked the outer door panel.

If so, the outer door panel and handle would need to be replaced.

Normally you have to separate the door panels (as shown in the attached photo) and then you'll see the screws you need to remove.

Or you can watch a YouTube video (not a video I made) here that demonstrates how it's done.

You can find handy exploded views and order parts by model number here.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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Posted on Oct 11, 2009

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