Oven Door Won't Open: Troubleshooting Door Lock Problems

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Hi, this is Wayne from Sears PartsDirect. Today we’re going to talk about an oven

with a malfunctioning door lock. You’re probably watching this because your

oven door is stuck shut. Let me guess, did you just run a self-cleaning cycle?

During the cleaning cycle your door will lock for safety purposes. Under normal circumstances,

the door won't unlock until the oven has cooled to room temperature. The thing is, if you

lose or disconnect power before the cycle is finished, the lock motor may not complete

the cycle to unlock the door. We’ll show you how to reset the lock and get things working.

But, the lock motor itself could be broken. So we’ll also show you how to test that

out while you’re back there. Now that it's stuck shut, let me show you

how you can get it open fast and get back to cooking.

Pull the range out from the wall and disconnect the power.

Remove the back panel to gain access to the lock motor assembly.

Remove the screws holding the door lock assembly in place.

Release the door-latching rod by pulling the lock motor assembly down and tilt the front

inwards. This will allow you to unhook the locking rod from the drive cam.

Push the rod forward and open the oven door. Note the position of the drive cam and the

hole that the locking rod fits into. Remove the Philips screw holding the drive

cam on the motor. Remove the drive cam and rotate it 180 degrees

from where it was when the door was locked. Line up the two slots on the bottom of the

drive cam with the posts on the motor shaft. Push the drive cam down and lock it on the

motor shaft. Make sure that the switch arm aligns with

the side edge of the drive cam. Reinstall the Phillips screw on the cam.

Re-hook the locking rod back onto the drive cam.

Install the motor bracket assembly back onto the range.

Now, you can put everything back together, and at least be able to cook again.

But if you’ve got a bad door lock, your door is going to get stuck again the next

time you run a cleaning cycle. We’ll check the lock motor circuit for electrical

continuity with a multi-meter while we’ve got this back panel off. Always disconnect

power before checking continuity. Locate the two electrical wires going to the

lock motor and disconnect them. Set your meter to read ohms of resistance