My Oven Door Is Locked in Open Position: How Do I Unlock It?

By Andrew Todd

Many ranges with a self-cleaning cycle have an automatic door lock. The purpose of the lock is to ensure that the oven door cannot be opened during the self-cleaning cycle, due to the extreme temperatures inside the oven. The door locks automatically when the self-cleaning cycle has begun, and remains locked until the oven reaches a safe temperature — typically less than 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If the door is open at the start of the self-cleaning cycle, you must cancel the cycle immediately. In some cases, the door lock may not automatically unlock, making it impossible for you to shut the oven door. If this happens, you must manually unlock the door from the rear of the range.

Many electric ranges have an automatic door lock.

Step 1

Pull the range away from the wall, and then unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2

Remove the screws that secure the lower rear panel of the range, and then remove the panel.

Step 3

Locate the door latch motor, which is located either on the left or right side of the rear of the range. You can identify the motor by its location at the top of the door; it has a long metal pole that runs toward the front of the range.

Step 4

Rotate the motor to move the pole away from the front of the range to unlock the door lock.

Step 5

Close the door of the range to make sure it closes properly.

Step 6

Replace the rear panel of the range, using the screws you removed in Step 2 to secure it in position.

Step 7

Plug the range's power cord back into the wall outlet, and then push the range back against the wall.