I just thought I'd clean the oven door of my Hygena Diplomat. Bad
The door removes by lifting some catches on the hinges and closing the
door. Instead of closing it lifts to allow removal. So far so good.
The problem comes when I am cleaning the removed door I accidentally
push the hinge. It closes and clicks in a fully retracted position,
which I assume is for transit or something.
I am normally quite good working these things out but this time I'm
stumped. There just doesn't seem to be any way to unlatch this hinge.
I have removed it from the glass door completely to have a closer
look. It's made by a company called "Nuova Star".
They have a website
But no information on the website on how to unlock locked hinges. From
what I can tell the hinge I have is on this page...
And is model HE1S - Mod.086.
If anyone has experience with these hinges and knows how to unlock
them I would much appreciate it. Thanks
From the picture, it looks like there is a spring loaded lock within the
long arm section that, when closed, locks into the little notched valley on
the small section. You may have to pull out the spring loaded bar to allow
it to release from the notch.
Yes, that fixed it. As a always the case I figured it out 10 minutes
In case anyone else gets into the same pickle, this is how to fix
1) Grip hinge assembly in a vice between the big spring and the arm
that holds it, but not across the arm as this will deform it. This
should rest on a ledge on the arm alllowing downward force.
2) Apply a flat-blade screwdriver to the ping at the end of the spring
loaded lock. Press the pin to relieve the pressure on the hinge.
3) Pull the hinge out, or prise it from the back until it starts to
4) Extend the hinge as far out as you can.
Hope that helps someone out there :-)
Thank you so,so much for this post. Have been searching the internet for
solutions after the oven door hinges locked when pulling out the door and gladly
have found your instructions. Unlocked hinges and door back on the oven,ever so
happy! To to say once you know what to do how easy it's. I'm a woman with no DIY
skills,just wanted to clean between glass on my oven door. Next time I'll know
to push the latch as far back as possible before pulling door out,so the hinge
won't lock up again.
Hi, it took me a while to understand instructions as well. Basically the spring
is far too strong to pull it back by hand so you really need to put it vice to
hold it firm while you push the small pin back. I have no vice so managed to use
the edge of my old worktop instead. On each side of the hinge you'll find a
small rounded looking,almost flat pin and either side can be pushed back with a
flat screwdriver....unfortunately you need quiet a bit of force for this and the
pin won;'t stay there either,you have to keep pushing it hard.
The bit that locked in can then be pulled back(again not easily,you need a bit
of force) and if you manage to pull it all the way back,you can then pull over
it the other piece of metal that keeps it there.
2 people might manage it better,however,if you're on your own like I was I used
the edge of the worktop to actually with the push slide the hinge far out,while
holding the whole thing with one hand and pushing the pin with screwdriver in
Took me a few tries before it has happened. Be warned to watch your hands...the
spring has a great force and you don't want your fingers get trapped in there if
the latch springs back on it.
Hope it helps....I don't know the technical names for the parts.
I'm convinced that everyone should be taught how to use a Mole Wrench at
school. They have so many uses, in this case you can use them as a
substitute vice to grip the hinge securely and provide you with more
replying to Fred Phase, bp wrote:
I come late to this, but after encountering the same problem today it seems that
on some models there MAY be another far easier way. On reinserting the door one
instinctively wants to close it; but to get at the hinge locks you should
actually OPEN it completely (that is, at right angles). On my model it is then
very simple to get at the locks. Sounds to me as if you might be doing precisely
this, but by a much more laborious and round about route. Hope this helps.
OMG 2003 this time. I'm wondering who Fred Phase is/was. The cooker is
long dead assuming the OP isn't!
It would be smarter if the website didn't allow you to reply to very old
This might assist you with posting to a newsgroup, albeit through a website:
- If you are sending a reply to a message or a posting be sure you
summarize the original at the top of the message, or include just
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In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:44:03 GMT, bp
I don't mind that the advice is usually for an old problem (this poster
even acknowledges that) because the information might still help me or
someone even if not the original poster.
I do mind that most such posts don't give enough info to know what
problem they are trying to solve, but that's not the case here iether.
However, I've been reading this group for iirc 20 years and I don't
remember Fred Phase or most of the other people they reply to. Does
anyone rememeber Fred Phase?
replying to bp, CK wrote:
Glad to see your post, thought I am late. Also glad you said "there may be
another far easier way", I take it you mean this is as you assemble the door.
The trouble is, the locked hinge is already at right angle to the door and
cannot be rotated out because is is locked. Mine is a Whirlpool AKP 262/1X but
the concept all sounds the same. When putting the door back with the hinge
locked at right angle, the door will be in close position. The hinge won't budge
because it is locked. May be we are describing different problem or may be your
model is completely different but desperate for any help just in case what you
suggest can work on mine. Thanks.
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