How to Repair an Oven Door

Updated February 21, 2017

An oven door gets quite a workout getting opened and closed over and over again. But there are only so many parts that make up an oven door, which means all the repairs it could ever need are minimal. Two of the most common parts an oven door may need are a new gasket and handle. If the gasket is faulty, heat will escape, and your oven temperature won't be accurate. The need for a handle is obvious.

Open the oven door. Bend the edge of the gasket over to see if it's screwed in place. If so, use a screwdriver to remove the screws around the perimeter.

Find the point where the two ends of the existing gasket join together. Mark that spot with a china marker. Then, pull the gasket up and out of the channel it fits into. Wipe the channel clean with a cloth and mild soapy water. Rinse it with a damp cloth. Then, wipe it dry.

Place the edge of the replacement gasket at the spot you marked in the channel. If the gasket is screwed in, you'll need to line up the holes in the gasket with the holes in the channel on the oven door. Press the gasket down into the channel and align the holes as you go. Then, work your way around the door, straightening and pressing the gasket down to repair an oven door.

Press the ends of the oven door gasket together. Replace the screws (if applicable) by making sure the holes in the gasket are lined up with the holes in the channel. Make sure you put the screws all the way in.

Open the oven door and use a screwdriver to tighten or remove the screws that hold the oven door handle on. You may have to access the screws by taking the door apart. First, remove the door from the oven by releasing the mechanisms. Find them on the lower section of the door on the left and right sides where the door is connected to the oven. Then, lift the door up and away from the stove to repair it.

Place a thick, large towel on a table. Lay the oven door down so the handle is on the towel. Locate the screws on the side of the oven door that's facing you; remove them. Look for and remove screws on the bottom too. There probably won't be screws on the side of the door.

Lift the interior (the side that's facing you) of the oven door up and set it aside. You'll now see the screws that hold the handle in place. Remove these, and the handle will fall right off. Install the new oven door handle by reversing the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head or flathead screwdriver
  • Cloth
  • Replacement gasket
  • China marker
  • Towel
  • Replacement handle


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About the Author

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.