Range: Oven door won't unlock

If the door won't open when the oven cools down after self-cleaning, or when you try to disable child lock mode or control lock mode, the problem could be with the oven door lock assembly or the electronic control board. First shut off power to the oven and then check the wiring between the electronic control board and the oven door lock assembly. If the wiring is okay, replace the oven door lock assembly. If that does not fix the problem, you might need to replace the electronic control board as well.

To diagnose and repair a broken oven door lock, watch our troubleshooting door lock problems on a range video.

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These repairs may help solve your range problem

Replace the range's oven door lock assembly

Replace the range's oven door lock assembly

If the oven doesn't automatically lock when you start the self-clean cycle, or it it doesn't unlock after cooling to room temperature after a self-clean cycle, it's likely the oven door lock assembly has failed and needs to be replaced. Also replace it if the child lock-out doesn't work on an oven equipped with that feature.

February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door lock assembly

If a range oven door no longer locks or if the door won't unlock, the door lock motor might be to blame. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace a range oven door lock assembly in less than 30 minutes.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the range electronic oven control board

Replace the range electronic oven control board

The electronic oven control (EOC) board governs the timing and execution of oven functions such as baking and broiling. It's usually in the control console and often has a digital clock on the front of its housing. Replace the electronic control board if it doesn't light up when it's supplied with electrical power, if it doesn't operate properly or doesn't properly send voltage to the bake or broil element (in an electric oven) or burner (in a gas oven).

February 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a gas range oven control board

If the control panel on a gas range is blank or the oven won't heat, it could be a faulty oven control board. This repair guide and video show how to replace the range oven control board in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace an electric range oven control board

If the range control panel is blank, the oven control board could be the problem—the oven might not heat either. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace the range oven control board easily, in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Symptoms common to all ranges

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Main causes: bad bake element, broken burner igniter, control system failure, blown thermal fuse, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: broken broiler element, weak or broken boil burner igniter, control system failure, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply failure, blown thermal fuse, bad relay control board, damaged terminal block, wiring failure
Main causes: broken oven door lock assembly, wiring failure, electronic control board problem
Main causes: food splatters, spilling food on the oven door, allowing liquid to drip through oven door vent when cleaning the door
Main causes: power supply problem, control thermostat or electronic control board failure, broken element, bad burner igniter
Main causes: faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, oven door problem
Repair guides common to all ranges

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your range.

July 20, 2018
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door switch

The oven door switch detects whether the oven door is closed and helps control the oven light. Replace the switch if it doesn’t control the oven light properly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door lock assembly

Oven door not locking? You can replace the lock assembly in less than 30 minutes. Here's how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
Articles and videos common to all ranges

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your range.

May 31, 2016
Oven door won't open: troubleshooting door lock problems on a range video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Troubleshoot and repair problems with your range when your oven door locks shut and you can't get it open.

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By Sears PartsDirect staff

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November 28, 2014
4 things you're doing wrong with your oven
By Sears PartsDirect staff

You might be surprised by these 4 tips for using your oven better.