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Why won't my oven door close?

What should I do if my oven door is loose?

You deserve top-of-the-line performance from your oven with every meal you cook. A faulty or loose oven door can get in the way of the baking and cooking you enjoy in your home—and, importantly, can be a real hazard to your safety.  

Oven doors that don’t properly close can leak heat, waste energy, and obstruct your path around the kitchen. Follow our exclusive advice from appliance professionals to pinpoint the four common culprits of a faulty oven door. 

1. The door gasket

Take a look at the door gasket, which will either be mounted to the oven frame or the oven door. A properly performing door gasket creates an airtight seal for your oven; its heat-resistant cloth is made to withstand high temperatures. Over time, the gasket can collect crumbs, debris, and grease. A thorough cleaning can help your oven door close properly. If the gasket itself is warped, cracked, or otherwise damaged you will need to replace the part.  

Take a look at the door gasket, which will either be mounted to the oven frame or the oven door. A properly performing door gasket creates an airtight seal for your oven; its heat-resistant cloth is made to withstand high temperatures. Over time, the gasket can collect crumbs, debris, and grease. A thorough cleaning can help your oven door close properly. If the gasket itself is warped, cracked, or otherwise damaged you will need to replace the part.  

2. The door springs

An oven’s door springs help the oven smoothly open and close. Oven time, as your oven is in use, these springs can shift out of alignment. You can access the oven door’s springs by sliding the oven’s bottom drawer out of out the way and then checking underneath for any breaks or wear. Want a more professional assessment? Request a video call with an expert technician to diagnose whether you need repair or replacement.  

An oven’s door springs help the oven smoothly open and close. Oven time, as your oven is in use, these springs can shift out of alignment. You can access the oven door’s springs by sliding the oven’s bottom drawer out of out the way and then checking underneath for any breaks or wear. Want a more professional assessment? Request a video call with an expert technician to diagnose whether you need repair or replacement.  

3. The hinge

Your oven’s door hinge is another part that can shift out alignment with frequent usage. This is important because the hinge holds the oven door securely in place. When the hinge is loose, we recommend completely unfastening the door from the hinges, cleaning the attachment points, greasing the moving parts, and reinstalling the door. For more severe damage, we recommend a replacement.  

Your oven’s door hinge is another part that can shift out alignment with frequent usage. This is important because the hinge holds the oven door securely in place. When the hinge is loose, we recommend completely unfastening the door from the hinges, cleaning the attachment points, greasing the moving parts, and reinstalling the door. For more severe damage, we recommend a replacement.  

4. The latch

The latch is what clips your oven door in place when it is closed. If your latch is not performing correctly, the most common causes are built-up debris or a warped latch. The latch could also be malfunctioning because of a user input, such as initiating a self-clean cycle that automatically locks the door. Cancel this by hitting Clear/Off after 60 seconds. If none of these solutions work, we recommend replacing the part.

The latch is what clips your oven door in place when it is closed. If your latch is not performing correctly, the most common causes are built-up debris or a warped latch. The latch could also be malfunctioning because of a user input, such as initiating a self-clean cycle that automatically locks the door. Cancel this by hitting Clear/Off after 60 seconds. If none of these solutions work, we recommend replacing the part.

Find expert help for oven door repair

Leaking heat, high energy costs, and general safety are reasons enough to fix a loose oven door. But installing a door properly can get complicated and may be best left to appliance care experts. If you have a faulty door, give a local Bodewell technician a call or schedule a virtual appointment so you can get your home back to being your haven.

Leaking heat, high energy costs, and general safety are reasons enough to fix a loose oven door. But installing a door properly can get complicated and may be best left to appliance care experts. If you have a faulty door, give a local Bodewell technician a call or schedule a virtual appointment so you can get your home back to being your haven.

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