The door hinges make it easier to open the oven by holding the door so that it does not fall down.
The hinges should be changed if when you open the oven door:
- They fall too low and they are not at 90°.
- They don’t sit completely against the gasket, which leads to heat leakage while your food cooks.
- They are misaligned or twisted.
There is a hinge on each side of the door, at the bottom level of the uprights.
Oven door hinges are crucial components that enable your oven door to open and close smoothly. Over time, these hinges can wear out or become damaged, causing the door to not close properly, leading to heat loss and inefficient cooking. Replacing your oven door hinges is a task you can manage yourself, provided you have the correct replacement hinges and a few basic tools.
Disclaimer: Always consult your oven’s user manual for specific instructions as the process may vary depending on the model of your oven. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable performing this task, consider seeking professional help.
Tools You Might Need
- New oven door hinges (ensure they are compatible with your oven model)
Step 1: Prepare Your Tools and Parts
Before you begin, make sure you have your new hinges and the necessary tools on hand.
Step 2: Remove the Oven Door
The process to remove the oven door can vary between models. Generally, you open the oven door fully, locate the hinges on either side, and unlock them if they have a locking mechanism. Then, you should be able to close the door to the broil position (partially open) and lift it straight up to remove it.
Step 3: Remove the Door Hinges
Once the door is removed, you can access the hinges. They are typically secured with screws, so use your screwdriver to remove them. Make sure to keep all screws in a safe place for reassembly.
Step 4: Install the New Hinges
Once you have removed the old hinges, you can install the new ones. Position them in the same place and orientation as the old hinges and secure them with the screws you removed earlier.
Step 5: Reinstall the Door
With the new hinges in place, you can reinstall the oven door. This is usually the reverse of the removal process – align the door with the oven at the broil position and lower it onto the new hinges. Once the door is in place, open it fully to lock the hinges, if necessary.
Step 6: Check the Installation
Finally, test the door to make sure it opens and closes smoothly. If there’s any resistance, or if the door doesn’t close fully, check the hinge installation for any issues.
In conclusion, changing oven door hinges can be a fairly straightforward task if you’re familiar with basic DIY tasks and are comfortable handling appliances. Always remember to use the correct replacement parts and follow your oven’s user manual for specific instructions. If in doubt, however, consider getting professional assistance to ensure the task is done correctly and safely.