problem latching oven door self cleaning mode


Old 02-29-04, 06:38 AM
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problem latching oven door self cleaning mode

I am having a problem latching the oven door while using the self cleaning feature o f a 1986 Jennair s125.

I followed directions to the letter-ie put both control switches to "clean" and no lights came on. Then tried to latch door closed and was unable to do so. In the open position of the door I am able to "latch" it by pushing in the top mechanism. It almost looks like a solenoid should be doing that and perhaps a solenoid switch is malfunctioning.

Your thoughts on this would be most appreciated.
Old 02-29-04, 07:31 AM
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Hello: skzekeman. Welcome to the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

There is a tiny switch (micro switch) in the locking device. Usually but not always, the lever handle is the problem. It is made of thin metal and gets bent easily.

Try bending the lever straight and level. If that does not work, unplug the oven or trun off the power to it. Remove the decorative front cover trim around the door.

Note if the switch is damaged, moved, etc. Also note if the lever fully closes the switch when the lever is moved to the lock position. Minor adjustment may resolve the problem.

You may also want to check the switch for electrical continuity. The switch may be defective, thus the reason why the lights do not turn on. Power isn't flowing through the switch.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance part stores and dealers are listed in the phone book.

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Old 03-01-04, 02:37 PM
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Thanks Sharp for your helpful suggestions.

You were right on about the solenoid microswitch which needed
to be pushed in about .010 inches in order to make and allow the door to latch. Now all I have to do is get another microswitch to work to complete the job.

Thanks again!!

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