Some of your oven’s features will only activate when the door is locked shut. But if the oven latch motor and switch assembly is broken, your oven won’t be able to recognize that the lock is engaged. If you’re encountering this problem, order a replacement latch motor and switch assembly #WPW10107820 for your Whirlpool oven. Then follow these steps to install the new part.
1. Unplug the oven before you get started.
During this repair, you will be disconnecting wires. Unplug the appliance before you start to stay safe from electrical injuries.
2. Remove the old oven latch motor and switch assembly.
Remove the top rear access panel. To do this, remove the screws around the perimeter and the panel and pull it down out of the top groove. Set it aside. Next, locate the assembly at the left side of the oven’s interior. Pull off the wire harnesses for the white and dark brown wires.
The whole assembly is attached to the oven by a bracket. Loosen the two screws holding the bracket in place
3. Install the new assembly.
Hold the new part in place flush against the back of the oven. First, snap the connector rod into the circular part. Then rethread the two screws through the bracket to hold the new assembly in place
4. Reattach the rear access panel.
Slide the top of the panel into the groove at the top of the machine and slightly bend the panel so the bottom also slides behind the bottom rear access panel. Tighten all the screws back into place around the perimeter of the panel