How to Replace an Oven Door Seal

Sometimes you'll notice that your food is cooking unevenly or it's taking longer than it should to get done. When this happens, you may need a new oven door seal. Just turn the oven on and feel around the door; if you feel the heat coming out in a certain place, you need a new seal for sure.

Replace an Oven Door Seal

There are two types of seals: one that is on the oven frame and one that is between the front and back sections of the door. Only replace the first kind by yourself; for the latter, call a professional.

  1. Take the old seal out of the channel in the frame. Some seals are held into a track with screws that tighten the channel and hold onto the seal. You may have to lift up one side of the channel to see the screws. Loosen these screws first and pull out the seal. Don't take the screws all the way out as it will be easier for you to install the new seal if the screws are partway in.

  2. Clean the channel well with a small amount of detergent and rinse in warm water. Make sure there is no grease left around the frame of the door.

  3. Start the installation at the top of the door and place the new seal in the channel. As you work across and down the sides, tighten the screws to hold the seal in place. Finish at the bottom of the door and butt the ends of the seal together. If the seal is stiff and you're having trouble working with it, soak in warm water for a few minutes to soften it up and make it more pliable.

  4. Go back over the seal and make sure it is straight. Sometimes while tightening the screws you can distort the seal slightly. If you find that it is distorted or twisted, just loosen the screw and straighten it out. Then tighten the screw only tight enough to hold the seal in place.