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Thread: Oven door won't stay in broil position

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    Default Oven door won't stay in broil position

    Gentlemen:

    I have a a Frigidaire GLEF379DQG electric range purchased 1/31/06.
    Lately the oven door doesn't want to stay open in the broiler position
    when the oven is hot. When cold, the door says in the broil position
    OK!

    I would like to know if the door spring tension can be adjusted to
    correct this problem, and if so, how do I do this? I am currently
    using a hotpad stuck betwen the door and door frame to keep the
    door in the broil position, but this does not seem too safe!

    Your comments and instructions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Charles Thompson

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    Your oven door has no tension adjustment to the hinges and they can only be replaced as an assembly. You can do it yourself using new hinges

    or since it is under a year old, contact Frigidaire and let them fix it.

    TechnicianBrian

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    Default Oven door won't stay in broil position

    Thanks for your comments, Brian. Unfortunately my range is almost
    two years old, though it is in a condo we only use about 4 months
    out of the year. It scares me to think I bought an appliance that
    requires new parts after only about 9 months use!

    I checked the link you referred me to, and it says the part number
    AP3861583 Hinge is out of stock. Is the usage so high they can't get
    enough of them?

    Also, there are no instructions as to how to replace the hinge, or whether
    it is a major job, or something that can be done easily by the owner.
    From my past experience, dealing with springs under tension can be a
    problem if you don't know what you are doing.

    Your further comments would be appreciated.

    Charles Thompson

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    Hey Charles,

    The hinges aren't bad to change, you just have to pay attention to how the door came apart. The springs are under tension, but will come from the factory in the door release position so you don't have to worry about that. I too noticed the part was out of stock, but I found it here for a couple dollars more, but I think the shipping is less. Here is the parts guide for your range showing the breakdown. If you need further help, let me know.

    TechnicianBrian

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    Thanks again, Brian.

    The parts list doesn't give a quantity, but assume I need 2 hinges,
    part number 316437703 to a complete the repair, which means
    over $50 for a range used only 9 months! What could I have done to
    make these hinges fail so quickly?

    Also, the parts catalog doesn't show how the hinges attach to the door.
    Does the door have to come completely appart to replace them. If so,
    I may just continue using a hotpad to hold the door open when we broil.


    Charles Thompson

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    Hey Charles,

    Yes you will need two hinges and they are attached with a couple screws that all becomes obvious once you start taking the door appart. As for the failure, I am sure you didn't do anything that caused it, it is just one of those things. Machines break. It's up to you if you want to do the repair. If so, we are here to help.

    TechnicianBrian

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    Thanks Brian. I think I'll just leave things as they are for now.
    It seems the springs are too strong, not too weak, so the oven
    door wants to always close tightly.

    Charles Thompson

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