How to Fix an Oven Door Spring

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Problems with your oven springs can make it difficult to open and close your oven door. This is a repair that you can do yourself, without expensive help from a service professional. The spring ends can be attached to multiple holes. If the springs are undamaged, you may be able to solve the problem by moving the spring to a different hole. If the springs are damaged or worn, then you can replace them.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety gloves
  • Replacement springs
  • Open the oven door halfway. Hold onto the sides and pull the door up and off the hinges.

  • Locate the oven door springs. The springs may be located in the inside of your oven door or they may be attached to the frame. To access springs on the inside of the door, unscrew the inner panel of the door and remove it, exposing the springs. To access frame-attached springs, open the storage drawer at the bottom of the oven.

  • Inspect the springs to see if they are damaged. If the springs are worn, replace them. Make a note of which holes the springs are attached to. Wearing safety goggles and gloves, unhook the springs with pliers. Take the old springs to the hardware store to ensure that you purchase an exact replacement. Install the new springs by hooking them onto the same holes they were attached to before. If the springs are not damaged, you can adjust them.

  • Reposition the ends of the springs to different holes. Wear safety gloves and goggles. Frame-attached springs attach to a metal strip with several holes in it, which then attaches to one of the holes in the frame. You can move the spring to a different hole in the anchor, or move the anchor or a different hole in the oven frame. Both springs should be attached to the same position on each side. For example, if the left spring is attached to the third hole, the right spring should be attached to the third hole on that side of the oven. This keeps the tension even.

  • Place the oven door back onto the hinges in the half-open position and push the door firmly onto the hinges to reattach the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you repositioned the springs, open and close the oven door a few times after re-attaching the door to see if the new position solved the problem. If the oven door still does not open and close smoothly, keep adjusting the spring position until you are happy.

References

  • "How to Fix Everything for Dummies"; Gary and Peg Hedstrom and Judy Ondrla Tremore; 2005
  • "New Fix-it-Yourself Manual"; Reader's Digest; 1996
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