In order to cook food efficiently, your oven door helps seal the heat in the oven tub. However, if that door fails to close all the way, you will still be able to cook food but the heat will seep out. This will cause the food to cook slower and unevenly as well as will make the area above your oven incredibly hot as the heat rises up and out. While this issue is frustrating, it is actually quite simple to fix.
Removing Food Particles
Over time, especially if you have not cleaned your oven in a while, food and grease can build up around the door. If it reaches the edges, hinges, or door seal then it can obstruct the oven door from closing all the way. A thorough inspection should be done and the food particle obstruction should be cleaned away.
Your oven comes with a strip of heat resistant fabric that serves as a seal. This may be on the door or around the tub of the oven. However, if the seal is damaged, not only can it leak heat, but it can be raised enough to prevent sealing. If the seal is loose or lumpy, it needs to be replaced.
Similar to how the door latch can get stuck so that an oven door will not open, the latch can also get stuck so that the door will not close fully. Sometimes, this can be fixed by turning on the self-clean option which can reset the latch. However, if that does not fix the issue or it happens intermittently, you will want to replace the door latch to your oven.
While solving an oven door that won’t close is well within the average skill set. If your oven is manifesting more serious problems, you may want a more professional hand. Contact us today to see what Jerry’s Appliance Repair can do to help.