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An oven door repair may be needed if the door
hinge breaks or is bent out of shape. Oven doors have two door hinges, a
left and right. On some ovens the same hinge is used, on other ovens
the right hinge and left hinge have different part numbers. The door
hinge sometimes is sold with all necessary parts and springs, other
times the parts need to be ordered separately. An oven door repair for a
door hinge is a relatively easy repair for a do-it-yourselfer.
If the outer door glass is broken, it can be
replaced. This oven door repair requires that the oven door be removed
from the oven and layed down on a sturdy flat surface. The outer door
glass is made of tempered glass. Use eye and hand protection when
performing this oven door repair.
Pull up on the door to remove it from the hinges. Remove the pan drawer on the bottom. Remove the spring from the hinge to be replaced. Remove the hinge mounting screws. Remove the hinge. Reverse this process to install the new hinge.
Open the door fully and with a small screw driver, look closely at the hinge area on the oven cavity. There you will see a small lever that will rotate down and lock the door in place. Once in the lock position, begin closing door, you will feel the door 'catch' then lift the door off of the oven.
Solution!!! The hinges that Kitchen Aid uses are the problem. If the door is opened quickly & bottoms out, the steel in the hinge bends a little. So when you go to close the door it won't close all the way.... which causes problems with the latch , latch switch, oven cleaning, etc.
After taking apart the door several times I realized the hinge can be "fixed" without even removing the door. Follow the directions in the user manual for door removal... after inserting the little metal hinge stops (a drill bit or nail will work) Close the oven door till the stops won't allow it to close any further.....then gently but firmly, push forward. This will bend the hinge back to original shape. Remove the pins...Voila!!!
I wish kitchenaid used hardened steel or a thicker hinge....then this wouldn't happen.