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How to Fix an Oven Door Hinge
If your oven door hinge has become faulty, this is the article for you. When the door hinge is defective, it will prevent you from being able to close your oven door, which can make the oven unusable.
Thankfully, there are several simple steps you can take to fix an oven door hinge without having to replace it. In this article, we are going to explain what to do to get your oven door working again.
Step 1—Check the hinge is connected
If the oven door gets opened with too much force, it can cause one of the hinges to detach, resulting in the door being unlocked. To resolve this issue, you need to carefully align the hinge with the correct slot in the oven door frame and then lift the small hinge leg or locking tab.
You can then securely position the hinge back into place and lower the locking tab to lock the hinge securely back into position.
Step 2—Tighten the hinge
If the hinge isn’t detached, the next step is to make sure it is tightened in place correctly. Sometimes, the screws on your oven door hinges will loosen over time, which will cause the door to start to hang slightly to one side, preventing the door from closing properly.
To rectify this issue and realign the oven door, you will need to adjust the door hinges and tighten them using a screwdriver. Fortunately, this task is relatively straightforward and does not require much effort.
Step 3—Check the door seal
If the hinges are not loose, the next step is to check the door seal. The oven door seal (or gasket) can experience wear and tear over time. If the seal becomes partially detached on one side, it can result in the door not being able to close correctly.
In such cases, clean the gasket thoroughly and attempt to realign it back into position. However, if the seal is damaged beyond repair and cannot be securely reattached, it will need to be replaced.
Step 4—Clean the hinges
Once you’ve checked the door seal, the next step is to clean the hinges. Over time, the hinges in your oven door can accumulate various forms of dirt, such as grease, dust, and food particles that have become trapped between the metal components. Rust spots on the hinges can also impact their functionality and hinder the smooth opening and closing of the oven door.
To address this issue, you need to clean the hinges. You can do this by applying a paste made from baking soda and water to the hinges, and then using a toothbrush to scrub away any dirt. Once clean, wipe the hinges dry with a clean cloth.
Step 5—Check for obstructions
The next step is to make sure nothing is obstructing the door from closing. Sometimes, the door can become obstructed from closing by loose food particles in the gap between the door and the oven, or the oven trays stick out too much.
Check the area between the door and the oven for any loose debris and if you find any, remove them. You can then make sure the oven racks are correctly positioned. If not, adjust them.
How to replace oven door hinges
If you are unable to fix the oven door hinge, you will need to replace the faulty hinge. Before following the steps below to replace your oven door hinge, you will first need to purchase the correct replacement part.
Here’s how to replace an oven door hinge:
- Clean the door. The first step is to give the oven door a quick clean to remove any grease and grime. This will make working on and around the door easier.
- Get the right tools. To replace the hinge, you will need to have a set of screwdrivers on hand. Depending on your specific oven door, you might need a Philips or a flat-head screwdriver.
- Put on gloves. To protect your hands while replacing the hinge, it’s a good idea to put on a pair of safety gloves.
- Remove the oven door. The next step is to remove the oven door. This can be done by opening the door fully and then locating the hinge-locking tabs. Once located, use a flathead screwdriver to lift them open.
You can then close the door one-quarter of the way and then pull the door up slowly and the door should detach from the oven. If your oven doesn’t have locking tabs, you will need to unscrew the hinge from the oven to remove the door.
- Remove the old hinge. Now that the oven door is detached, the next step is to take the door panel apart so you can access the hinges. You will need to remove the inner and outer panels of the door by unthreading the screws that hold them in place.
Once the panels are removed, you can locate the old hinge and disconnect it by unthreading the screws that secure it in place.
- Install the new hinge. Once the old hinge is removed, you can attach the new hinge by placing it into position and securing it in place with the screws you removed earlier.
- Clean the door panel. Before putting the door panels back together, clean them to remove any dirt and grime.
- Reattach the oven door. The final step is to reattach the oven door. You can do that by lifting the door into position and locking the door hinges into the slots.
If you had to manually unscrew the door to remove it, you can reattach it by securing the door back onto your oven with the screws you removed earlier. Once the door is back on, you can start using your oven again!