Question about Ovens
The front is cool because cool air is entering the oven. At this age the most likely reason is that the oven door seal has become inflexible. Its nothing special, the same seal is used on almost every oven made by Jenn-Air / Maytag / GE / Whirlpool. it's a woven fiberglass cover on a hollow silicone tube core with a figure 8 cross section. The parts list part is 715368, but it will be discontinued and only found at an inflated price, The seal isn't a molded shape just a length of material, so an "exact fit' part isn't required just one that's long enough. You cutting it to length anyway. The seal for a General Electric WB4K1, for example, is identical material, longer than required and usually attractively priced. (The same seal costs more if the model it's used on is a higher price, model.)
To change the seal, begin by opening the oven door to the slightly open broil venting position. Place 2 screwdriver handles, door stops 1" square sticks, ... whatever to prevent the hinge springs from closing when the door is lifted off. Pull the door off the hinges, that project 6" up into the door at the bottom. Place the door handle side up on some padding, pieces of cardboard will do. Remove the screws around the edge of the door and the band that holds the inner door to the outer door, Carefully place the handle and glass handle side up on another piece of cardboard or other padding. Remove the screws holding the oven panel to the rest of the door, Replace the seal and re-assemble. NB: the seal comes in from the hidden space goers around and overlaps itself for a short distance at the bottom before disappearing again. An old seal with enough baked on drippings can look like it was a molded something or other and the parts list diagram suggests something like that. The original seal was installed just this way,
It's also possible a hinge is broken, in which case you need to replace the broken hinge. I didn't focus on that because people usually notice a broken hinge and connect the door not closing with the oven not cooking properly. The only hidden hinge issue is when the screw at the top of a replacement hinge that set the oven door position isn't adjusted correctly and the door is misaligned. It's usually kind of obvious but some people can look at a crooked door and it looks OK until they look to see if it's crooked.
Posted on Jul 19, 2019
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