If your oven door won’t open when you pull on the door’s handle, don’t panic and don’t try to force it open. Instead, try the following suggestions below, as it could prove an easy fix for this frustrating problem.
WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.
First, make sure the oven is not in a self-cleaning cycle. An oven’s self-cleaning cycle can get incredibly hot, reaching temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to carbonize dirt and food spills so that they turn to ash. The whole cycle could take several hours including a cool down period. It’s only after your oven is sufficiently cool that your oven door will unlock.
Some ovens allow you to run a shorter self-cleaning cycle or to cancel the cycle. Try pressing the cancel/off key to cancel the cycle. Allow the oven to cool before attempting to open it.
For ovens that are locked and not in a self-cleaning cycle, try Continue reading