The oven can often get quite dirty after use, and while people often clean their ovens immediately after cooking, most of them forget to clean the latches at the same time. One of the biggest causes of oven door latch problems is simply dirt and grease. This can get between the sides of a latch, and cause it to stick, or it can get into the reciprocal latch hole, where it stops the penetrating piece from entering fully. Thoroughly wipe the latch with dish soap on a damp cloth. Depress the latch, and remove any signs of dirt that you can see, and then pull it all the way out and wipe the sides. Do the same with the hole bracket on the oven itself, make sure that there is nothing in the gap which would stop the latch from staying in the hole. Once you have cleaned the door fully, leave to dry before trying again.
This patent application claims priority to provisional patent application serial No. 60/315,498 filed Aug. 28, 2001 entitled “Oven Door Latch Assembly Having Side Mounted Motor” which is fully incorporated by reference herein.
This application relates to a motorized oven door latch assembly for locking an oven door in a closed position when the oven is in a self-cleaning mode.
Motorized latches which are used to lock oven doors in a closed position so that the oven cavity may be self cleaned are well known. U.S. Pat. No. 3,859,979 and U.S. Pat. No. RE. 27,545 and U.S. Pat. No. 4,374,320 all disclose such motorized self-cleaning oven door latches. Such oven door latches are activated by a rotary motor located at the rearward portion of the range above the oven. Activation of the motor causes a rod to translate which causes a latch at the front of the rod to engage the oven door so that the oven door may not be opened. After the cleaning has occurred, the motor is reactivated, causing the latch at the front of the rod to disengage the oven door so that the oven door may be opened.
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