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Kenmore Elite Gas Range 790 79212301

oven light door switch remove range top

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#1 eaksmom

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:04 PM

I want to change the oven light door switch on my range. I have the part and have watched the video showing how to remove the top to get access to the switch. The guy in the video makes it look so easy to release the clips with his putty knife. I can find no such clips on my range. Is there something different with this model? Help please?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

Your oven top should have the spring clips. Did you unscrew the burners from the top first?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:36 PM

yes. I have taken all the screws out. I can pry the top up just enough to look under and can't see clips like the one in the video. Something is attached at the front, but looks more like a post type think that the flat clips I see in the video.

would there be a diagram or photo with the top off that would show the clips

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:56 PM

The diagram shows spring clips, #49 but you never know if there was a design change. Did you try pulling the top forward and then lifting up? Sorry, I screwed that up, thats the wrong diagram, but it is the top of your oven. I can't get the right diagram until the Sears site is back up in the morning unless someone else has it. Posted Image

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:06 AM

Here's the pic of the clips...

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

Thanks. I tried pulling the top out,but this was not successful. I have attached 2 photos. The first of the stove top with my knife fully inserted where the clips should be -to show there is nothing there and that the stove top is slightly different than the one in your diagram. The second is taken from the opening of the front right burner looking towards the front of the stove. You can see the two burner control knob holes and between them some sort of metal piece that I think is the clip. But it is different than the one shown on your diagram.

What about those clips at the back? The top seems pretty attached there..

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

I don't think the photos attached properly. I'll try again later when i have access to a pc. I am on tablet right now.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:06 PM

I have figured it out! This range does not have the "clips" referred to in above diagram. Rather you must take off the panel behind the burner knobs. Then you will find a screw attaching the top to the frame. First photo shows the screw. Photo is taken looking upward. You can see burner control just to right and down a bit. Second photo shows the front panel with the hole where the clip would gout not on my range!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

Well thats not in the book. Good job on getting the top off. It's nice to know for future reference. Sometimes Kenmore makes "secret" design changes.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:09 PM

Ha ha on me. All that and all I have is a very clean range. I still could not access the back side of the oven light door switch as it is below the "pan"? That separates the oven from the range. It looks like you could access by taking the side panel off. But that looks like it requires removal of the oven door and a whole lot more. Lifting the whole pan would require lifting main gas line to the burner manifold. I don't know if this requires some disconnection in the back or how flexible the line is. I did not want to get into it - my weekend is about over. If anyone knows how to access that oven light door switch (or is it an oven door light switch) please tell me. Thanks to all.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:54 PM

in one of the "older" service manuals, it says the Top doesn't come off

Is this your Switch ?
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If so, remove Range Power Cord
You may be able to use a pair of needle-nose pliers and twist / pull the old Switch out from the front,
then connect new Switch and snap into place.


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:04 PM

Good gracious where have you been? That took all of 30 seconds

I would agree that that the top of this stove does not really come off

I hope this solution can be easily found by others in future - so they don't waste as much time as I have

Many thanks. I no longer have phantom oven light.




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