Originally Posted by Proff
Barbara. I can't help you but I believe you can help me. The release lever on my Tappan top oven will not release the "catch" and so the door cannot be opened. Are you able to look at the door "catch" in yours and describe the "catch" mechanism so that I might use a tool or a long screwdriver to move the "catch" into a position that will allow the door to open. This happened a year ago and I was able to "pop" something that released the catch -- not this time around. Thank you!
The latch is about 7 3/4" from the bottom of the door. There is a screw with a point on the end mounted on the door that fits into 2 rollers on the oven, which holds the door closed. If you push a piece of flexible wire at the point where the latch is and force it between the rollers, you should be able to release the screw from between them. Hope this helps. Good luck.