Oven Door Problem

Old 03-22-03, 10:22 AM
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Question Oven door won't stay closed

My husband and I are renting an older house and about a month ago (obviously we don't cook very often) our oven door stopped closing completely. Now you close the door and it doesn't latch properly and pops open approximately one and half inches. Everytime we want to make something in the oven we now have to jimmy a chair up to the front of the oven to close the oven door completely.

Is there something that I can do to fix this myself, or should I make a call to have someone look at this (and if so, who?)? The oven is probably 15 years old (although I'm not sure if that makes a difference) and is a Montgomery Ward by Tappan model. I have tried to push the door downwards when it is in its open position, but that doesn't seem to work.

Please advise - your help is MUCH appreciated.
Old 03-22-03, 08:14 PM
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Welcome lawatt to my Gas Appliances forum and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Since you rent the house, it may be wise to first consult with the owner before attempting any repairs or contacting a service repair person.

Responsibility for part costs and or labor may need to be considered as well as any potential additional damages caused during attempted repairs.

The most likely problem is the springs and or the brackets may be damaged and or broken. The springs and brackets are behind the panels in the lower broiler compartment. There should be access panels which must be removed to gain access to the brackets and springs.

To further complicate matters, some stoves with ovens, often called freestanding ranges/stoves, the compartment access panels are difficult to remove. Or the range has several panels beneath the door which must be accessed and removed.

Another possible and potential problem could be installing a close but not exactly duplicate of parts. Try to obtain exact duplicates.
Door gaskets most likely will also need to be replaced.

Your local appliance parts dealers carry replacement parts for this appliance. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

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