Oven Leaking Hot Air? Here’s how to Fix an Oven Seal
by Anthony Ng, Innovation Specialist at Pono Home
Is your oven taking longer to heat up or food not cooking evenly? Are you feeling heat escaping around your oven door or is the temperature not holding? If you said “yes” to any of these or think it could be occurring, the likely problem is your oven gasket. Overtime, your oven gasket may become worn or frayed. The purpose of the gasket is to create a seal between the oven and the door to prevent heat from escaping. It’s located around the perimeter of the oven or door, where both come in contact with each other, and is usually silver with a soft mesh-like feel.
A worn down gasket will cause your oven to run less efficiently as it makes your oven work harder to retain heat, costing you more energy and money. It’s always a good idea to check your gasket periodically and replace it when necessary. Here are some quick and easy steps to do so.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: You can purchase oven seals from any home improvement store or visit the oven gasket section on appliancepros.com to purchase your oven’s specific gasket. You’ll need your oven’s brand and model number.
Step 2: Unplug your range or turn off the circuit breaker. If the oven is hot, wait for it to cool down before you proceed.
Step 3: Put on some gloves and find the ends of the gasket. They are usually inserted into two small holes near the bottom of the door. Slowly pull one end out and carefully remove the gasket.
Step 4: The gasket is secured in place by small pins or clips. If they are lodged you can wiggle them out or if a clip or pins breaks, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull them out. Continue until you remove the gasket out of the second hole.
Step 5: To install the new gasket, align the first pin or clip with the first hole and insert. Once all pins or clips are inserted, feed any excess into the two bottom holes.
Here’s a video for visual instructions:
Hopefully these simple steps can help improve your oven’s efficiency. If you’re interested in additional tips to conserve energy while you use your oven, check out this article.