By Rik Hellewell on 10th July 2020 (updated: 29th March 2023) in Oven Cleaning Tips

Your oven seal might not be something you usually spend much time thinking about, but when it goes wrong you will notice it faster than you might think.

Luckily oven seal replacement isn’t a difficult task to undertake yourself, however, you’ll need to ensure that you have the original part and sufficient tools to do the job properly.

If in doubt, you can always hire a professional to do the job – most oven cleaners offer this as an additional service.

How do I know if my oven needs a new seal?

Oven seals are designed to withstand high temperatures, but after years of heat and use the rubber can become damaged – as a simple test, feel around the door of the oven when it’s on to see if there is any hot air leaking out.

How much does it cost to replace oven door seal?

It costs between $20 – $60 for a good replacement oven seal that is resistant to high temperatures, is flame retardant, and is non-toxic.

What happens when an oven seal breaks?

A damaged oven seal can cause a number of problems, from the inconvenience of an unevenly heated oven to the energy efficiency which is reduced dramatically with an ineffective seal, even going so far as to cause burn damage to surrounding areas.

Can you use glue to fix an oven door seal?

Many people resent the cost of doing the job properly, thinking that a quick fix is all they need. But this is a potentially dangerous thought, especially if the first instinct for these people is to use  super-glue to fix the problem!

There are a number of adhesive products which claim to fix oven door seals, although these rarely work for any more than a few months at a time.

Adhesives containing cyanoacrylate can also be turned into damaging cyanide poisons when exposed to the kind of high temperatures found near the oven and may become flammable.

Can you use a universal seal for any oven door?

Universal seals are another tempting option, but they need to be cut down to the right size which can be quite fiddly, and the fittings may not be in the correct place for your oven, making them much more complicated to install.

Replacing the seal with a non-genuine part may also void your warranty with your oven’s manufacturer.

Finding the proper replacement part which goes with your oven is highly desirable, although it may cost you a little more as it will be of the same high quality that came with your oven.

Ensuring that you have the right seal for your oven is very important. You will need the make, model, and serial number of the appliance.

How do you fix a broken oven seal?

It’s possible to fix a broken oven seal yourself. Take a look at the video below to see how it’s done, but don’t attempt the task if you’re not handy or are unsure. If in doubt, hire a professional to do the job for you.

Can you pay for professional oven seal replacement?

You can call an oven repairman or your manufacturer’s service department and they will come out and install a seal for you.

If you have already purchased the correct seal for your oven, we are able to install most seals for you, whilst we are at your home to clean your oven.

The next time you cook using your oven, check to see that the oven door seal is still in the correct place and isn’t allowing any hot air to escape – at least if you find that it is faulty, you’ll know it is time to get it fixed!