How to Replace a Range Oven Door Switch

 

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This range repair guide shows how to replace the oven door switch. The oven door switch detects whether the oven door is closed and helps control the oven light. Unless you have the oven light control set to keep the oven light on constantly, the door switch shuts off the light when you close the door. The oven door switch also verifies that the oven door is shut during the self-clean cycle. If the oven light stays on when you close the door or the self-clean cycle won’t start or stops in the middle of the cycle because the door switch doesn’t properly detect the door being closed, replace the door switch with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This procedure shows how to replace the oven door switch on some Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, GE, Electrolux, LG and Samsung ranges.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Oven door switch

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • Sturdy prop such as a heavy stick or piece of wood
  • A helper if necessary

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing a Range Oven Door Switch

Step 1: Turn off power to the range

Unplug the range or shut off the circuit breakers for the range. 

 Tip: Shutting off the house circuit breakers for the range to disconnect power works best for this repair because you don’t have to pull the range out of the cabinet to replace the oven door switch. If you pull out the range to unplug it, set cardboard on the floor in front of the range to prevent scratching the flooring.

Step 2: Open the cooktop

Open the oven door completely and remove the screws from the bottom front lip of the glass cooktop frame.

Carefully pull the cooktop assembly slightly forward to release the front lip of the glass cooktop frame from the front cabinet support bracket. Raise the front of the cooktop slightly to release the frame sides from the front support bracket then pull the cooktop forward to release the hinge tabs from the slots in the backguard.

Lift the front edge of the glass cooktop and prop it open.

Place the prop at the front of the range under the center of the cooktop’s front lip where it's steady, so the cooktop won't fall. Avoid damaging the oven cavity insulation when propping open the glass cooktop.

 Tip: If you can't safely prop up the cooktop, take a digital photo of the radiant elements’ wiring connections then unplug the wires from the radiant elements and completely remove the cooktop from the range. Set the cooktop upside down on a padded surface and complete the repair.

Step 3: Replace the door switch

Disconnect the wires from the oven door switch.

Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tabs and pull the oven door switch out of the range frame.

Push the new oven door switch into the range frame.

Connect the wires to the new oven door switch.

Step 4: Reattach the cooktop

Carefully remove the prop that's supporting the cooktop and lower the cooktop.

Tuck the front lip of the cooktop frame under the front cabinet support bracket and lower the sides of the cooktop frame over the ends of the front support bracket. Push the cooktop back, inserting the hinge tabs into the backguard slots.

Reinstall the mounting screws in the front lip of the cooktop frame.

Close the oven door.

Step 5: Restore power to the range

Plug the range back into the electrical wall outlet or turn on the house circuit breakers for the range.

If you pulled out the range to unplug it, push the range into position and ensure that the rear leveling foot properly engages with the anti-tip bracket so the range doesn’t fall forward when you open the oven door and pull out a loaded oven rack.