How to Replace a Range Oven Door Lock Assembly


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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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Oven door lock assembly

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

Tools Required

  • Screwdriver
  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Scraper
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

The oven should be cool before you begin this project.

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the 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 should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to Replace an Oven Door Lock Assembly

Step 1: Unplug the range

Carefully pull the range forward and unplug it. If necessary, have someone assist you when moving the range.

 Tip: Set the range on cardboard to prevent scratching the flooring.

Step 2: Remove the back panel

Remove the screws that secure the back panel to the rangeā€”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. 

 Tip: You might need to loosen or remove the power cord before removing the back panel. See the Installation Guide for details on how to remove the power cord.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: 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. 

Step 8: 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.