Oven Door Problem

Old 03-08-03, 01:58 PM
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GE XL44 Gas Oven Door won't unlock

I have a GE XL44 Gas Range, I recently used the self - cleaning cycle for the first time, it has an automatic door lock function and now the door will not unlock. How can I get the door to unlock? Thank You.
Old 03-08-03, 09:30 PM
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Hello stephkl and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

The problem description is an all to commonly occurring problem with the self-cleaning functions. Possible solutions are listed below. Use those that apply to the existing condition your having.

Often times the lever handle gets bent. Try pushing the handle into the fully locked position and then continue pushing it further to straighten it out. Then test is by attempting to unlock the door.

Try removing the electric cord from the wall socket. Leave the oven and or entire stove unplugged for several hours before plugging it back into the electric power. By doing so, this may release the locking device.

If that fails, once again unplug the appliance, try using a thin blade knife or screw driver to release the lock by entering through the latch lever space between the door and the ovens outer frame.

If this method fails, you may have to remove the entire glass front panel and access the locking device from inside the cabinet.

Before attempting any repairs, first, check ALL the function control settings, on the front panel. Doing this is only to verify that all control selections are set correctly.

Try every optional setting possible, in an attempt to verify that no optional selection, setting and or condition has been overlooked which may be possibly causing the problem.

If all the above is determined to be accurately and correctly set, most likely the micro switch, in the door locking mechanism, which activates the self-clean cycle is stuck, even though the lever is released and the door opens.

What your likely going to need to do is remove a cover plate or panel which covers the locking device, in the ovens door frame {not in the door} and attempt to manually release the locking device and or tiny micro switch.

Be careful doing this. The appliance must NOT be plugged into the electrical power source!!!!

If it is not possible to determined exactly how to release the mechanical locking device, removing the wires attached to the tiny micro switch may be necessary. If you do remove the wires, be sure to use electrical tape to wrap the wire terminal ends to prevent any possible electrical shorts or electrical groundings.

Should the wires need to be removed and it does solve the problem, you then have two other choices. Leave the wires unattached, reassemble the access part or parts removed and continue to use the oven without using the self-cleaning cycle again.

Have that self-cleaning function fixed by a service professional when some other operational function fails and a service representative is needed to correct that condition. In this manner, two inoperative conditions can be corrected with one in home service call.

Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem solving methods, disassembly instructions, repair procedures, pictorials and schematics, may be available online.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers if you stop in at the store.

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