I've got a Sears Kenmore electric stove and the ovendoor doesn't close, the light stays on, and it loses enough heat thatwhen we use it I have to bungee cord it shut. I have tryed to adjust it but there doen't seem to be an user friendly or outside adjustment that will solve the problem, I'm am very mechanical so don't hesitate to suggest the proper fix if it involves tearing it apart. Thanx in advance
model # 790.9601 4440
serial # vf 4443 9996
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Re: kenmore oven door
There is no adjustment for the door.
If the door is not bent or warped then you need a new hinge kit. The part number is 5304445529. It includes new hinges and the recepticles that go in the cabinet. There was a service bulletin a while back about this problem and a few models were being repaired free of charge. I don't have the letter on this computer to tell you if yours falls in the free repair catagory but will try to find it and let you know.
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For a while, they were building Kenmore stoves with hinges that get bent out of shape easily. If your stove is still in warranty, (I'm sorry to say) call the 800 number for a repair. You can get a Saturday appointment if you're persistent enough.
If not in warranty, the hinge kit should still fix it, and the parts are about $45.00 for both, and they come with instructions. It took me about an hour the first time, but I've got it down to 25 mins. You'll need a square drive bit, and beware of the very sharp metal edges.
If you have a warming drawer in the bottom, it's more difficult. In this case, removing the drawer is harder. And after getting the drawer out, the metal liner along the sides of the drawer have to be loosened in the front and bent inward out of the way. Don't worry, they go right back with no trouble.
If you decide to pay someone to do the work, please call a local company.