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Oven light Our Kenmore Range #790.96312401 has an on going problem with the door light coming on when the oven heats up. I'm wondering if a hinge could be loose or the light switch defective. I can't see how to adjust the hinge. The door does have some "play" in it. Any advice?

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Hello,
Im finding that the doors are getting warped and not closing all the way so please check to see if door is getting closed all the way.

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Heat causes metal to expand. Expanding metal can make contact with other objects, like a ground that completes a circuit. Take the lamp assembly apart and check for exposed conductors. Also, check the door switch. If it is heating up and something within the switch is expanding then the switch may be closing due to heat. With the door open puch the switch all the way in and see if the light goes off. If it does then replace the switch.

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What replacement parts should I order to keep my Kenmore oven door from just dropping down when it is opened?


If the hinge is not broken "Check the Springs".
They sometimes come off at one end or can be broken.
There are 2 one on each hinge. They are strong so be VERY careful.
As I remember they have a color code according to how strong that are according to the weight of the oven door.
The surest way is to get the MODEL NUMBER from the tag on your oven. The parts store will be able to look up the proper replacement.
I may be able to tell you more with a model number for Identification, the oven is likely a Whirlpool Product made for Kenmore. Let me know if you are in New York City area.
Hope this helps.


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May 19, 2015 | Kenmore 47783 Electric Single Oven

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Is there any way to tighten this door up ,the one i have comes down just a little and the light comes on


Hello, Welcome to FixYa. Yes this has been a fairly common issue with the Thermador wall ovens as well as their freestanding ranges. Typically the remedy will be replacing the hinges, but there is a "fix" you can attempt in the interim. At least in hope of keeping the oven light from being on all the time, hence damaging the control board which houses the oven lights transformer.

The issue with those Thermador wall oven and freestanding range doors ( especially on the freestanding "professional" line ) is the weight of the door is so great, the hinge will actually move slightly over time, other times the entire hinge will need to be replaced.

This is what I'd recommend ( also official Thermador remedy, rest assured as I am a authorized factory trained Thermador service provider ) before pronouncing the hinges need replacing though.

**This does require a somewhat involved repair, so if you don't feel completely comfortable or have any reservation to trying this, please call in an local authorized Thermador ( B/S/H/ ) service provider.**


Recommendation: Adjust the door box hinge per instructions below.


1. Pull the oven away from the wall about 12".


2. Remove the hinge box cover plates.


3. Remove the vertical side trim piece. It covers one of the screws that must be loosened.


4. Loosen the 4 screws that secure the hinge box.


5. Place a rolled up dishtowel at the bottom of the door and close the door and apply light pressure to the door while re-tightening the four screws.


See fig below



6. Re-install the hinge box covers & side trims.


7. Re-install and secure the oven.


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That should do it, ( or as stated, improve the situation ) if the hinges are too far gone they will need to be replaced unfortunately.


Let me know if you require further assistance or if indeed this solved your problem.

Thank you for choosing FixYa today and good luck going forward.

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Jan 06, 2011 | Thermador SEC271BS Stainless Steel Single...

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I have preloaded the replacement hinge, but it appears that to remove the old hinge it must be unloaded. If that is true, how do you load the new hinge while it is on the door?


Ovens come in many varieties including freestanding units and stacked models that are inserted into a wall. Kitchen oven units that get a lot of use or are getting old may have problems develop, such as a loose or squeaky door which may require replacing the hinges. You can replace the hinges on the door to your oven by first removing the door from the rest of the oven.
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  1. Step 1 Open the oven door and examine the hinges to see how the they are secured to the door. Some oven doors slide into the hinge assembly or have a locking mechanism that secures the door to a latch on the main unit.
  2. Step 2 Remove the door from the oven by disengaging the locking mechanism and then pull the oven door out. You may need to release a catch on the door or remove a pin from a hole in the hinge.
  3. Step 3 Place the door on a flat surface such as a table or the floor.
  4. Step 4 Remove the screws that hold the sections of the door together to access the hinges.
  5. Step 5 Remove the hinges from the door. The hinges may be attached to the door with screws or they may be held in place when the door sections are tightened or secured.
  6. Step 6 Insert the new hinges into the door and secure them with the screwdriver or place the section of door back on. Tighten all of the screws securing the sections together.
  7. Step 7 Place the oven door back into place by sliding it on the same way that it came off.

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Jul 24, 2010 | Ovens

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We are having a difficult time getting the door back on the oven. Can you give us a tip on how to keep the hinges from snapping back when we are trying to hook the himges back onto the rods?


Passing on the solution. Some other blogger helped me, so I hope this will help you. Mine is a Kenmore Gas range, but the hinges might be similar. They are fixed on the door, not on the range. Get a couple sturdy nails or similar items and keep them in your hand. Use your foot to push the hinge all the way down, as if the door were fully open. You should see a hole in the hinge, in which to insert the nail to hold the hinge open. Repeat on the other hinge. Carefully lift the door in place and set the hinges so they hook onto the latches properly. You should be able to open the door a bit to take the tension off the nails. remove the nails, and that should be it. Even if your hinges aren't the same as mine, the principle seems to apply. My problem (maybe yours) was that I couldn't open the hinges and keep them open when trying to replace the door. They just would snap closed. Very frustrating.

Jan 23, 2010 | Kenmore 40494 / 40495 / 40499 Electric...

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How do you remove the oven door?


As there are too many variations to describe on fitting and removing oven door hinges, try this link.

WWW.YOUTUBE.COM.
Then in the search box, type in,---Fitting oven door hinges.
You should be able to find the ionformation you requre here.
Hope this helps.

Dec 25, 2009 | Whirlpool Ovens

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Oven door wont stay shut


U need to fit new door hinges, only solution as they are not adjustable.
Plz rate my solution.
Thanks.

Dec 30, 2008 | Kenmore 30464 / 30465 / 30469 Gas Single...

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Cant get the oven door to shut all the way??


Try opening the the door a few inches and lift it straight up. Then push it straight down. It should slide on the hinges up and down. You need to seat the door properly on the hinges. Don't be afraid to man handle it but, be careful the oven may tip if it's free standing. Good luck. Please rate me so I know if I helped. Thanks.

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Oven Doors will not stay closed all the way


no real adjustment other then replacing the hinge assy's..

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Kenmore oven model# 790.79383401 door not closing


Do the hinges come out with the door or does the door slip off the hinges? If the hinges are on the door then there is no adjustment if not there should be an adjustment but you may have to pull the range out to properly adjust if it is a built in range. Also check the door lock.

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