This range repair guide gives step-by-step instructions on how to replace the door lock motor assembly for a self-cleaning oven in a range. The door lock motor assembly locks the latch to keep the oven door shut during the cleaning cycle and when the control lock-out is active. If the door isn't locking, replace the door lock motor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
This repair guide and video shows how to replace the oven door lock assembly on Kenmore 790-series, Frigidaire and Electrolux ranges. You also can use the same basic repair procedure to replace the oven door lock assembly on some Whirlpool, KitchenAid, GE, Maytag, Amana, LG and Samsung ranges.
Replacing a range oven door lock video.
Unplug the range
Carefully pull the range forward and unplug it. If necessary, have someone assist you when moving the range.
Remove the back panel
Remove the screws that secure the back panel to the range—as you remove the last couple of screws, press the panel against the range so it doesn't fall. Carefully lower the panel to the floor and then set it aside.
Disconnect the wires from the door lock assembly
Take a digital picture of the wires or mark them with numbered pieces of masking tape before removing them so you can attach the wires to the new door lock assembly the same way.
Disconnect all the wires from the oven door lock motor assembly.
Disconnect the wires.
Remove the door lock assembly
Remove the mounting screws that hold the door lock assembly in place.
To release the door lock assembly from the connecting rod, pull the oven door lock motor assembly down and tilt it in.
Remove the door lock assembly from the range and discard it.
Remove the mounting screws.
Install the new oven door lock assembly
Tilt the new oven door lock motor assembly and insert the connecting rod in the opening. Work the assembly into position and screw the door lock assembly in place.
Position the new door lock assembly.
Reconnect the wires
Carefully connect all the wires in the right location on the new oven door lock assembly, according to the digital image or numbered tags.
Reattach the back panel
Position the outer back panel on the back of the range so that the holes line up and screw it into place.
Plug in the range
Plug in the range and push the range into position. Ensure that the rear leveling foot is properly engaged in the anti-tip bracket.
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