Food, water and grease can accumulate under the stove top of a Hotpoint oven, causing a need for frequent cleaning. If debris is left under the stove top, it can attract bugs and cause an odor. The lid or top of a Hotpoint oven can be lifted up in order to clean underneath or affect repairs. The top of the oven is on hinges and can be lifted up by following a simple procedure.
Remove the grates from the top of the stove. Remove pots, pans and any other items that may slide off the surface of the stove when the top is lifted.
Place your thumbs in front of the stove in the groove between the top and the main oven body. Grasp the oven top firmly with the rest of your fingers on top of the stove.
Lift the top straight up until it is fully open, but do not push it beyond its limit. When the top is fully open it will be at a little less than a 90-degree angle.
Place the holding rod underneath the top to hold it up while you work. On some models the rod will automatically snap into place, while on other models it is stored lengthwise along the front of the open top and must be lifted into place.