Bluestar Range RCS30 Door Hinge Repair/Fix
Bluestar range hinge
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 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:
(guessing at nomenclature, don't have a manual) float freely within the door. However, as you can see:
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:
the springs to extend fully, which allowed the hinge cam rollers:
to complete their throw, thereby closing the door firmly:
I removed the door by releasing the receivers on each hinge:
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:
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):
Opening the door slightly allowed me to compress the springs enough to attach a vise grip:
to the tabs created by the cuts and bend them outwards slightly at approx 25deg angle:
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 ), 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