How to Repair an Oven Door Hinge
If you’ve ever had trouble opening or closing your oven door, it’s most likely due to the hinges that connect the door to the oven. Make minor repairs with only a few tools instead of replacing your entire oven. It’s a simple fix, regardless of how handy you think you are.
What Repairs Can Be Done on an Oven Door?
When an oven door needs to be repaired, it’s usually due to one of two things: a broken glass or a broken hinge. A broken or bent hinge can make it difficult for an oven door to open or close properly. Sometimes a hinge is simply loose, in which case you should simply tighten any bolstering screws. If your hinge is damaged, however, it’s usually best to replace it with a new one.
How to Replace Hinges
You’ll need to take the door off to start replacing the hinges. Start by putting on a pair of gloves and unlocking the tabs (or hinge latches) on either side of the door with a slot screwdriver. Close the door until it reaches the broil stop position, which is about 1/4 open. If your oven door does not have hinge latches, simply open it to the broil stop position and carefully pull it up and away from the oven.
Carefully lift the door away from the oven by grasping each side firmly and lifting up until it pops off. To protect the glass plate, place it on a padded surface and unscrew the inner door panel that holds the hinge with a screwdriver. Remove the screws that hold the hinge in place and place them in a cup or to the side. Remove the hinge and replace it with a new one in the exact same location, making sure all parts are securely fastened. Reassemble and reattach the door, taking care to push down and ensure that it is pushed back in so that the hinge locks are engaged.
Where to Buy Replacement Parts
Although hinges are generally similar in shape, you’ll want to make sure the hinges you buy are compatible with your oven model. When looking for hinges, it’s a good idea to start by contacting the store where you bought your oven, especially if it’s an older model. Hinges are also available online if you know what model you need (this information can be found on a plate inside your oven, usually on the cooktop, behind the door, or on the back or side) and are usually sold in pairs to ensure that the springs on either side of the door match to prevent uneven coil tension.
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