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how to unlock an oven door on a kenmore elite

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 11th, 2011

Kenmore Elite Model 790 463 73404

Kenmore , Wall Ovens , Appliances
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Try pushing inwards and holding slight pressure on the upper middle section of the door while programming and starting a Clean cycle. Wait one minute and then press Stop/Clear while still pushing inwards on the door and then wait to see if it will unlock. If it will not unlock then you will likely need to call a service technician to diagnose and repair your range.

The only other way to unlock the door whenever there a component failure is to un-install the range and remove the rear panel. The door locking mechanism/motor is located as shown in the image below.

NOTE: Disconnect the range from the power source before servicing your range.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

by Joey S
April 11th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks. I actually started the clean cycle for about 1/2 hour and then cancelled it. Waited for 30 minutes and the door unlocked! Still not sure what made it lock in the first place. I was preheating oven to 325 degrees, oven beeped to say it was ready, went to open door and it was locked.
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April 9th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
The oven door not unlocking sounds like an inconvenience sounds like an inconvenience and I will be happy to help. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good tips about what may be causing the problem on your range. I hope my link is useful.
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