Recently, built-in ovens have become increasingly common in American homes. As recently as 20 years ago, the absolute leader in sales were combination ovens, which consisted of a cooktop and oven in the same housing. Such a design was quite reasonable in the case of installing the oven as a freestanding appliance. However, nowadays, various kitchen sets are popular, in which you can install the most diverse appliances.
This form factor has many advantages, which are appreciated by the residents of our country. This technique is aesthetically more attractive and can be integrated into a variety of interiors, as models are produced in a variety of styles, decorated with original fittings. One part of such fittings is the handles with which users open and close the door of the oven. Given the installation of laminated glass panes, which reduce the temperature of the front, the door can weigh quite a bit. That’s why the handles are made of durable materials and are shaped with a comfortable grip.
Why does a broken handle need to be replaced quickly?
But in life, there are quite often situations in which even something as powerful as an oven handle breaks or starts to dangle. This can happen for natural reasons, such as when you buy an inexpensive economy oven. When producing such appliances, the manufacturer may buy low-quality components or perform unprofessional assembly. Also, the breakdown can happen due to a design defect: most often it occurs at the beginning of operation and the user can try to prove this fact and get warranty service.
However, most often this problem occurs through the fault of the owner of the oven itself. If you dropped something on the handle of the cabinet or hit it when carrying furniture – then the structure can be damaged. In this case, it is important to understand whether the problem is in the handle itself or the damage also touched the body of the device. It is best not to delay with the replacement, as a broken handle can damage your hand or the hands of children who accidentally touch the damaged edge. Many handles are made of plastic or metal and may have sharp edges.
Quite often ovens are made with polished glass on which the fittings are attached. Such designs have a stylish appearance and accentuate modern interiors. But if the problem is damage to the handle seat (or the glass itself has a crack), then the best solution is to call a professional. If one handle is broken – then you can try to replace it yourself. Below we will describe the sequence of actions, which is best for you to follow.
Inspect the construction of the oven
Before you start your own repair, it is very important to inspect the construction of the oven door and understand exactly how the handle is attached to the body. If you can find special bolts or nuts on the back side of the door – then the replacement will be quite simple. Sometimes these nuts are covered by false panels, which have a decorative function. If you can’t find the handle mounting locations on the back side – then you will need to disassemble the door. To do this you will need a standard set of several Phillips screwdrivers of different sizes and a screwdriver with a straight slot. It will also be a good idea to stock up on a special agent that will help soften the connection. For this purpose, you can use automotive grease WD-40 or its analogs from other manufacturers.
Finding the door handle
But the biggest challenge in repairing an oven yourself is not the replacement process, but finding the handle for your particular model. If you bought the product from a little-known brand or the stove itself is more than 10 years old – it will be quite problematic to get parts for it. The best solution would be to contact the manufacturer or an official service center. The specialists of this organization can help you with the search or sell the handle.
If there is no possibility to contact the official representatives, you will have to look for the handle at scrap yards. Usually, buying up old household appliances are engaged in specialized workshops, from which you can find out the availability of this or that part. It is important to understand that it may be worn out and have signs of use. We can also advise you to look for the right model of the handle on Amazon or any other similar service. It is best to search not only in your area, you can grab and the nearest, because they can order delivery. In order not to get into an awkward situation, it is important to measure the dimensions of the pen and give them to the seller. If there are few or fuzzy photos, ask for additional photos or a video. Once you receive the product, you can begin to install the new handle.
Installing the new handle
To begin with, you must disconnect the old handle by unscrewing the nuts with a wrench or unscrewing the bolts with a screwdriver. If the fasteners are inside the door, you will need to disassemble the body itself, which is almost impossible to do on your own. Once the bolts are unscrewed you will need to remove the old handle and install a new one in its place. It is important to understand that the handle must be installed tightly, so that it does not twist after tightening the bolts. The bolts (or nuts) themselves must be tightened alternately so that the handle is level and its connection to the door body is not clogged with dust.
Contact a specialist
If you can’t find a handle of the same model or just don’t want to mess with disassembly of the device – you can go to a repair shop. When choosing a specialist, it is important to evaluate various parameters, which we will talk about below.
The most reasonable solution would be to go to an accredited service center that has a contract with the manufacturer of the oven. Such a company has direct access even to rare spare parts, which can be ordered from the factory. Also, the specialists of the “official” service will be 100% legal and will provide all the necessary documents and warranty. The only problem is the high cost of repair and the spare part itself. Compared to a used handle, it can be very expensive. Also, official service centers may not be available in small towns, or only accept devices for repair in the workshop itself. To do this, you will have to disconnect and transport the oven yourself, which is unreasonable.
Unofficial service or private master
The second option is workshops that do not have a direct agreement with the manufacturer of household appliances. In this situation, the cost of repair will be much lower, but you do not have to count on original spare parts. Most likely, you will be installed a handle similar in size, which will not fit in color or shape. If this option will suit you – then you can go to specialists of this kind.
The third option – is private craftsmen, who do not belong to any service center. Often such people work illegally and do not have the status of a self-employed person or individual entrepreneur. But such craftsmen may have used handles, which may be suitable for installation on your oven. When working with such a specialist, be sure to require registration documents and an online cashier’s check, which will describe the service, indicate its cost and place a warranty period on the work.