How to Fix an Oven Door That Will Not Unlock

How-to-Fix-an-Oven-Door-That-Will-Not-UnlockIf 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 pressing the cancel/off key to start a latch reset, or try cutting power to the oven at the circuit breaker or fuse. Let it remain powered off for one minute in order to reset the lock function. Turn the power back on and try to open the oven door.

Watch for any error message that might appears on the oven’s console. Search for the error message online along with oven’s model number and brand to see what the manufacturer suggests. The fix could be a simple reset using the oven’s controls.

If none of these things work, then it might be due to a faulty part.

Oven Sensor

Oven Sensor. Find your replacement oven sensor at

Oven Sensor

The oven sensor might not be functioning properly which could cause the oven door to remain locked. Turn off power to the oven before accessing the sensor from behind the oven. Disconnect the sensor from the wiring harness and connect the new oven sensor part. Turn on the power to see if the door unlocks.

GE Oven Door Latch Part Number: WB14T10092

GE Oven Door Latch Part Number: WB14T10092

Door Lock Switch & Motor

The door lock switch and motor are other parts that could be faulty. Depending on your range’s model, this part might prove difficult to replace if you cannot access the inside of the oven.  Some sites suggest using a bent wire hanger to manually move the oven latch to open in order to open the oven door and to do this repair.

Electrolux Oven Thermal Switch 318004900

Electrolux Oven Thermal Switch 318004900. This switch will work in some models of Electrolux ovens including Frigidaire, Kenmore, and Sears.

Thermal Fuse

If the oven’s thermal fuse blows – especially during a self-cleaning cycle – it may keep the oven door locked. Replacing this part should fix the power and restore power to the oven.

How to Fix an Oven Door That Will Not Unlock

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