The GE Latch Will Not Lock for Self-Cleaning

Written by meredith jameson
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General Electric manufactures several types of ovens and ranges, including wall ovens and gas, electric or dual-fuel ranges in stand-alone or slide-in formats. Most GE ovens include a self-cleaning feature, which cleans the oven interior by raising the temperature to extremely high levels, effectively burning residue off the oven. Because of the high temperatures used during the cleaning process, the oven door locks automatically to prevent users from touching the hot oven. If the door does not latch prior to the self-cleaning process, users can troubleshoot to try to resolve the problem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clean cloth(s)
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Ensure that the oven racks are not blocking the door. If the door cannot close all the way, it will not lock for cleaning.

  2. 2

    Verify that a timed delay for self-cleaning was not selected, as the door will not lock until the self-cleaning cycle begins. Press or select "Stop" to reset the oven if a delay was chosen.

  3. 3

    Wipe the latch on the top of the door with a clean, damp cloth to remove any debris that may prevent the door from latching. Wipe the top of the oven door where the latch closes as well.

  4. 4

    Examine the latch and use a pair of pliers to straighten it if bent or crooked. Turn off and unplug the oven prior to straightening the latch.

  5. 5

    Contact GE for assistance, as the switch or latch may need to be replaced.

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