Range/Stove/Oven Repair – Replacing the Door Handle (Whirlpool Part # 74011768)

Range/Stove/Oven Repair

Today we are going to to change the door handle on your range and it’s a really easy job, all you are going to need is a Phillips screw driver, let me show you how we do it. Now to do this repair we will need to remove the door from the range which is a simple procedure, we’ll just open the door fully and there are some hinge stops that are located right where the hinge goes into the opening to the oven and just pry those outward till they are fully extended, and we can close the door until it comes to a stop and at that point we are lift the whole door and the hinges right out of the range, and then we can set it on a suitable work surface so that we can change the handle.

Now to do this repair we’ll need to remove 3 Phillips screws across the top as well as 3 across the bottom and we can turn that door around and we just take the painted screws off of this bottom trim piece, and we can slide that off, bottom of the glass and we’ll set that aside. Next we are going to remove the glass from its channel at the top of the door, now there are some self adhesive tape along the sides that you may need to break free first, and if need be take a party knife and slide it in there and cut through those, and just pull the glass away from the handle, use caution, it just fits into three little slots on the top there, so we can take that glass off and it’s a good chance to clean both the inside and the outside.

Now the handle is held in place with two brackets that support that top trim piece, so remove those and we can lift that top trim off, we can just turn it over and you’ll see that there are two Phillips screws with large washer that secure the handle to those brackets, simply remove those two screws and our left and right brackets to make sure that we don’t mix them up and discard the old handle, set our new one in place and we will insert that screw through the hole in the top trim piece, line it up with the opening on the handle, just start that screw enough to hold it in place, and do the same on the opposite side, make sure to remove any excess plastic that maybe caught in the threads of those screws that will prevent them from threading into the new handle.

Then we can tighten those two screws securely, now when we tighten these screws we want to make sure that the handle is centered, and that the brackets are perpendicular to the top, and that we tighten them securely and now we can reassemble the handle and top trim piece to the door, we should first put the three white painted screws through the top first and then we’ll secure the brackets on the inside afterwards. Now with the top three screws in we can next install the four screws that secure those two brackets and next we’ll put the outer door glass back on, we will slide it up into the top trim piece till it bottoms out, center it side to side, and then we are ready to put the bottom trim on. Just slide that over the edge of the glass, we will start by inserting the center screw first and then both those side ones, before we tighten those screws we want to make sure that we have that glass firmly pressed into the top, so we don’t bend the bottom trim piece when we are tightening the screws, and now we are ready to put the door back on the oven.

Now to reinstall the door, we’ll line up the hinges at the openings in the oven, make sure they are fully inserted, open the door completely and close the hinge stops, push them till they are fully inserted into the oven liner and our repair is complete.