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Bluestar Range RCS30 Door Hinge Repair/Fix

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Oven-Range-Stove Repair 08 October 2012 · 1,524 views
Bluestar, range, hinge
Awesome repair tip on hinge problems in Bluestar ranges from Appliantological Brother Rooster...

1.5 year old Bluestar freestanding gas range door would not close completely[attachment=6793:Bluestar01.jpg]. This allowed heat to escape, resulting in uneven cooking temps and extremely hot knobs. (not talking about my wife!)

The Chief of Staff insisted the installer had repaired it with a "long skinny screwdriver" without removing the door.
Well, After many beers :pint1: and on-line researching sessions, I decided a few things!

1. Bluestar definitely has a door "problem"
2. I didn't want to pay for a new door
3. We live in the sticks
4. The damn thing should work!

So, I did the only thing any red-blooded American member of the Samurai Appliantology Academy would do,
decided to disassemble the door and finger it out.

What I discovered, is Bluestar has a design flaw in the interior of it's doors (at least on 2010 models).

The hinge assy spring rods:

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(guessing at nomenclature, don't have a manual) float freely within the door. However, as you can see:

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when closing, at full extension the ends of the bars contact the sheet metal heat shield. I flexed the heat shield out of the way, which allowed:

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the springs to extend fully, which allowed the hinge cam rollers:

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to complete their throw, thereby closing the door firmly:

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I removed the door by releasing the receivers on each hinge:

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then pulling the door from the oven. I then removed the Door Cover by removing all retaining screws (10).
After placing the door on a smooth covered surface ("Don't scratch the damn paint", she said with vigor!),
I used a Dremel with hardened cutting wheel to cut an approximate 1/4" incision:

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on the heat shield on both sides ( Cut with the blade rotating in a direction which doesn't throw debris into the fireproof mat material underneath the sheet metal heat shield )

Then I reinstalled the door minus cover (note: the door without the weight of the installed cover will snap closed, requires more attention and less beer to perform):

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Opening the door slightly allowed me to compress the springs enough to attach a vise grip:

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to the tabs created by the cuts and bend them outwards slightly at approx 25deg angle:

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This angle allowed enough clearance between the heat shield and the back of the door cover, and also formed a ramp upon which the spring rods ride closed.

I then removed the door, attached the cover and reinstalled the door.

Worked perfectly, door closed completely, wife happy (the most important result :thumbsup: ), no more hot knobs! I also think the first repairman knew the problem and used a long skinny screwdriver to free the guide ends. Of course, the next time we opened the door they flexed out and came to rest on the fire shield. I think maybe he was expecting another service call??? At any rate, after much searching on the web, there are a ton of complaints about Bluestar doors. Hope they find us here! Cheers!

Source: Bluestar Range RCS30 Door Hinge Repair/Fix

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