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My racks seem like they are too narrow for the oven cavity as they keep falling off the sides when any weight is put on them Kenmore Elite C970 441933 dual fuel stainless range

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  • robinandnanc Jul 13, 2010

    the racks are oriented properly, but just seem like they are 1/4 inch too narrow. has been this way from the beginning but was brought to our attention when we put a large turkey on it last even a medium weight object will make the racks fall

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    tfehler Sep 18, 2012

    My Kenmore Elite oven is also just over a year old and none of the racks will stay on. Except on the lowest level, which is not that helpful. I have eight children and i cook and bake a LOT. Very disappointed. I've never heard of this happening.

  • bob p Nov 26, 2012

    I have a Maytag that done the same thing, Whirlpool Tech was sent to check the prob and he said the prob is common and that most appliances made in China or Mexico have a lower grade material and they dont have Quality control. The metal walls will shrink when hot and this causes the collapse of the walls. Whirlpool is aware of this prob but continue to sell . Mine was replaced by them, only after I told them that I would see them in court. They had no problem cashing my check, I should have no problem with what I bought. stay after the problem even if warranty runs out. its a Safety Factor and warranties dont run out.



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Before you conclude on this that the racks seems to be too narrow for the oven cavity, i would advice you pull out the racks and check if they are not bent, because when a heavy weight items are continuously put on them, they might slightly be bent due to the heavy weight of the items, if they are after you observe it, try to straighten them out with i light hammer, this will help put them back in position.

But if they are not, then, it means you will need to take the measurement on the oven cavity and get a replacement for them, this will save you much stress and put your mind at rest and help fix the problem once and for all.

Take care.

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  • bob p Nov 26, 2012

    dont try to rig up something in your kitchen oven, its not safe and u will get hurt. call the company and it is prob a safety item, and they will help with it. you dont pay good money to have to work on it.


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Wow. This is the first time I heard of a Kenmore Elite oven having this problem.

Are you sure that the oven racks are oriented correctly in the cavity?
If this is ok, then I would refer you to to try to rectify this problem.

Measure the width with a measuring tape and compare that to the width of the rack.

Maybe someone goofed at Sears Kenmore in the manufacturing and design process.

Good luck on this.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010

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    Duane Wong Jul 13, 2010

    It certainly sounds like a 'serious' problem that if escalated through Sears Kenmore's division, I think you would deserve a solution from them.

    But, seeing that it may be out of warranty, that might be a problem.

    If you cannot get a resolution through sears, you might try a local welding shop to weld on a piece of tubular metal to make it wider. It may not look original, but it won't slip down and hit the bottom of your oven's cavity.

    Hope this helps.



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