There is something in the oven or maybe you want to put a dish in the oven for dinner. You can’t afford any wasted time because everyone is hungry. You try to open the oven door to your Frigidaire and find it’s locked.
Why is the Frigidaire oven door locked? It could be that the oven lock feature somehow was turned on. Fortunately, there are three ways to fix it. You can turn the lock feature off, reset the oven or activate the self-clean feature to get your door open.
Each method is more fully described in the article below, along with answers to other questions you may have about your Frigidaire oven.
The Lock Feature
Many appliances, including your Frigidaire oven, come with safety lock features. This is to prevent children from using appliances when parents or adults aren’t around. It is considered helpful in preventing accidental fires as well because it also turns off the control panel where no button can activate the appliance.
Typically, parents set these lock features whenever they want and then unlock them when they are ready to use the appliance.
However, two problems exist with these lock features. First, most people don’t even know their appliance has them and almost no one knows how to lock and unlock them. After all, who reads their owner’s manual?
Second, some of these lock features activate on their own. That can cause some dismay when you want to use the appliance and don’t know how to unlock it.
Using the Lock Feature
You know the lock feature is on when you see the lock icon in the display of the appliance. There may also see the word “off” to indicate the lock is off. Gently pull on the oven door. If it is locked, you will need to deactivate the feature.
You will activate it and cancel it the same way.
To activate or cancel the lock feature, press the “off” button for six seconds. The lock icon will either appear or disappear on the display when you do this. It can take as much as 15 seconds to deactivate the lock features. The door will open once the lock icon disappears.
Using the Lockout Pad
Some Frigidaire models have lockout pads. You can also open the oven door by using the lockout pad. This is found on the lower left side of the clock near the display screen. This is where the padlock icon is shown.
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Hold down the lockout pad for three seconds. You will hear a beep and the display will show a “door open” message.
Then, you will see the word “door” show. The lock icon will flash for a couple of seconds before the door unlocks. Now, you can use the oven, although it may take a few seconds to disengage.
Doing a Hard Reset
There may be times the lock feature isn’t working properly and won’t disengage. You can do a hard reset to clear the control board and, hopefully, open the oven.
Doing a hard reset is a simple task. You can unplug the appliance but most are set in places where you can’t easily get to the back of them to unplug from the wall. The other easier option is to turn off the circuit breaker to cut the power.
Let it sit for at least five minutes and then restore power to it by either plugging it back in or by flipping the circuit breaker back on. Try to open the oven to see if the lock is disengaged.
The Self-Clean Feature
Frigidaire ovens have a self-cleaning function and it can be used to open the oven door if the other two methods fail to work.
Turn on the self-clean feature and press the cancel button a few minutes after it comes on. Wait a few seconds and try to open the oven door. The self-clean feature is designed to work with the door lock so you can’t open the oven while the temperature is high. It unlocks once the temperature cools.
When All Else Fails?
Your Frigidaire oven could have a door latch problem if none of these methods are successful. You will tell it’s a door latch problem if the door refuses to unlock after a self-cleaning cycle ends. That means the door latch switch and motor probably failed.
Replacing the Door Latch Switch and Motor
Replacing the door latch system isn’t a hard project and can be done as a DIY task. First, unplug your appliance and turn off any gas valves. It’s also best if you wear safety goggles and work gloves while you do the work for your safety.
Remove the rear lower access panel. You have to unthread screws that secure it to the back of your Frigidaire. Lift up and out.
It’s important to see where every wire goes. The best way to do this is to take a picture with your phone.
Unthread the screws on the motor mounting bracket. You will see the door latch motor and switch connected to a rod. To free it, tilt it down from the rod and pull the motor and switch out.
Disconnect wires connected to the door latch assembly. Replace the new part by attaching the rod into the hole found on the motor’s topside. Screw in the mounting bracket to secure it.
Look at your picture and connect all the wires. Replace the access panel and secure it with the screws you took out. Plug in your range and turn on the gas. Open and close your oven door to test it.
How much does a door latch motor and switch cost?
It depends on your Frigidaire model but the part starts around $32 and can run up to $145. It is a relatively inexpensive part to fix a chronic door lock issue.
Why is my oven door not closing properly?
Loose bolts securing hinges to the door can cause problems with opening and closing. Tighten them to get a better alignment for the oven door. Look to see if your hinges are bent or damaged.
Replace them if they are damaged.
How much does it cost to repair an oven door?
The average cost of any type of oven door replacement is between $150 and $400, depending on the repair. A new door will cost you between $50 to $200 for parts and installation but you rarely need a new door.
An appliance technician will cost between $100 and $200 an hour.
Why won’t my oven door stay closed?
You have a hinge problem. The sign you need new hinges is a squeak or squeal when you open or close the door. Also, you may need to use more force to move the door. Inspect the hinges and replace rusty, bent, or worn ones.
How do I adjust my oven door spring?
Open the door about halfway and find the springs. Look to see if they are damaged. You can reposition them to different holes. Place the oven door in its halfway position on the hinges and push until the hinges reconnect with the door.
Check Your Warranty
You should always check your warranty before attempting to do any repairs yourself. Some appliances have a 10-year warranty and doing your repairs as a DIY will invalidate it. Call the support center to ask about warranty information and see if they can send out a service tech for free first.