How to disassemble the door on a Frigidaire range oven to clean the glass
The job is done and my wife is very happy.
For those of you out there who are like me and new to self appliance repair I wanted to post a few of my own details in case someone else stumbles across this post with a similar issue.
Thanks to Kurtiusinterupptus and Kdog for responding to my post.
- As Kurtiusinterupptus explained above, there are two tabs at the hinges that pull down toward the door and then lay flat to allow the door to be removed. Once these are down you close the door, it will not close all the way, so do not try to force it.. There will be a 8" or so gap like you may leave open if you are cooling the stove off. Once you meet this point simply lift straight up and out and it should come free. The door is not too heavy, but be prepared to take the weight.
- For this model there are screws on the inside panel (facing up or topside if you laid it down with the handle facing the floor) and on the bottom edge that need to be removed.
- There are six screws on the inside panel (3 per side), but only the ones that need to be removed are at the top (opposite the handle).
- I took out all six, but found out the bottom four simply hold in the hinge assembly, so I put them back in.
- When you remove the two screws that are through the handle, remember that this will release the handle from the door. If this is the only thing you have propping up the door (mine was laying flat, handle down, on a towel) the door will drop the two inches or so to the floor. No harm done for me, but I wished I had thought of it before.
- The handle screws are held in place between the door panels by a metal bushing type thing (it certainly has a proper name that I do not know). They just sort of fell out on me, and I had no idea what they were, which was a little distressing at first as I was trying to make careful note so I could put it back together. I figured out what they were and really appreciated them when I put things back together as they made getting the screws though the outside panel a breeze at the were held firmly in place.
- There are 4 screws on the bottom edge that all need to come out.
- The inside panel will lift right out at this point and can be set aside. The inside glass is held in place by screws so there was no risk of it falling out.
- I cleaned the glass lightly with windex, then water.
- The glass for the outside panel just sorta sits there, so don't go picking up the door or it can fall out.
- I cleaned this lightly as well with windex and water and just left it in place the whole time.
- For reassembly, I set the handle screws through the inside panel and though the locking bushings I described above and they stood up nicely. Dropping the panel into place and getting the screws through to the other side of the outside panel was a breeze. Once it was through, I stood the door up and held the two panels in place with my hands.
- There is a little bit of finagling that you have to do to keep pressure on the panels while getting the handle in place and screwed down. I wish I had had help for this step, but it's possible on your own.
- It was during this step that I noticed there was a bunch of gunk built up on the outside panel under where the handles go. I never saw it before as I left the door face down the whole time. I cleaned it in place while holding the door, but in retrospect, I would have taken the outside glass out while the door was disassembled, turned it over and cleaned it.
- The bottom 4 screws will zip right in.
- Putting the door back on is just the reverse of the removal step above.
I hope my additional ramblings above are of use to someone.
Source: Frigidaire Electric Stove FEFL79GCA
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