Tappan appliances have a long history, dating all the way back to the 1880s in the United States. In the 1970s, Tappan was bought by Electrolux. Although Tappan stoves are no longer manufactured, they are still in use and can sometimes be purchased used. Removing the door of a Tappan stove only requires the use of a screwdriver and can be done in just a few minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Oven cleaner
- Flat-bladed screwdriver
Unplug the cord for your Tappan stove. If the power cord is in a hard-to-reach location, such as behind the range, cut the power at the main circuit breaker for the circuit that controls the location where the Tappan range is connected. Test that the power has been cut by trying to turn on the oven. If it doesn't come back on, you've successfully cut the right circuit.
Open the Tappan door to the fully extended position. Remove any of the racks inside so they do not become damaged during the door removal process.
Clean off the area around the door hinges with a commercial oven cleaner, using a brush if necessary. This will give you better access to the hinge locks and a clean surface to work with.
Locate the latch locks that hold the door in place on the range. There will be one on each side, right where the arms for the oven enter into the range body. The locks are two sliding pieces of flat metal.
Insert the edge of a flat-bladed screwdriver in between the cabinet body and the sliding lock until it springs back into the oven. Repeat the process for the other lock.
Gently raise the oven door until it is almost all the way shut.
Grasp the Tappan oven door firmly by each side and lift it up toward you and away from the range body.
Tips & Warnings
- Range doors can be heavy. Take care when lifting them.