Steps to Remove a Whirlpool Built-In Oven

Built-in wall ovens can free up space in an otherwise crowded kitchen. These ovens are recessed into a wall or cabinet, with only the oven face and control panel showing. However, they can also be in the way if you decide it's time to expand your kitchen. When it comes time for a change, no matter what your model, there are certain steps that you should follow when removing a Whirlpool built-in oven.

Oven Preparation

Open up the oven and remove the racks inside by pulling them out all the way. You may need to lift up the rack when fully extended in order to pull it completely off the rack supports on either side of the oven. Use a rag to wipe up any crumbs or spills on the bottom and walls of the oven. You don't need to make it spotless. Cleaning up the Whirlpool oven before taking it out of the cabinet will make less of a mess during removal.

Electrical Work

Shut off the electricity for the oven at the main circuit breaker. The switch that controls the oven should be labelled. Move the breaker switch to the "off" setting. Check your work by trying to turn on the oven. If it doesn't power up, you've cut the correct switch.

Gas Work

If this is a gas oven, locate the cut-off switch controlling the gas supply to the built-in Whirlpool oven. The supply should be located in a nearby cabinet or at the base of the oven. The cut-off switch may be a rotating knob, similar to a water supply cut-off switch, or a single lever. After cutting the gas, check your work by trying to turn on the oven. You should no longer be able to see the pilot light for the oven.

Removing the Screws

Look for the screws holding the oven in place inside the oven cabinet. These may be in place on the inside of the Whirlpool oven or located on the face of the oven. Loosen the screws with a screwdriver or power drill with screwdriver attachment. After removing the screws, gently pull on the oven to slide it out of the cabinet or holder. Don't pull the oven out all the way, as it is still connected to the electricity.

Disconnecting the Utilities

Look around the back of the oven for where the electric cable enters the oven body. There may be a cover plate on top of the electrical compartment, which should be removed, if present. Use a wire cutter to cut the wires connecting the electricity to the oven. On a gas oven, look for the coupling connecting the oven to the gas supply. Unscrew the coupling with a wrench and separate it from the oven. Pull the oven out of the cabinet or wall.