Question about KitchenAid KERC507 Electric Kitchen Range
When starting self clean cycle the oven door lock repeatedly tries to engage
I had the same problem. Apparently this is a common problem. Repair guy wanted $300 to fix until he found out he couldn't order the parts. It turns out that it is just the tab on the limit switch which has worn and no longer engages the switch (so the solenoid thinks it hasn't engaged the lock and keeps trying). Try the following:
(refer to parts manual at https://www.whirlpool.com/digitalassets/MLPDF/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%208187579.pdf)
1. Unplug the range
2. Remove the rear panel (see Rear Chassis drawing)
3. Locate the oven lock solenoid #6 (part #9752404) near the top
4. Move the rod assembly by hand and use a non-flammable lubricant (silcone, graphite) to lube the rod and metal parts that slide.
5. Bend the metal flange on limit switch 12 down as much as you can (rod will be in the way. This is your main problem: the flange has worn or bent and no longer rises high enough to engage the limit switch.
6. Replace panel, plug in and try it again.
If that doesn't work you may have to try disassembling the whole assembly so you can manually bend the flange down. If that still doesn't work search the internet for Whirlpool 9752404. I found a couple of sources that still had the part for sale.
Posted on Apr 20, 2012
When in the cleaning mode the door lock will engage to make sure the heat does not get out. if it will not engage make sure there is nothing blocking the lock.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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