Thread Number: 78712  /  Tag: Recipes, Cooking Accessories
1966 Frigidaire Wall Oven Insulation no longer working.
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Post# 1027059   3/14/2019 at 14:08 by pads (Rydal, PA)        

We moved into our house almost 3 years ago now and the dual wall ovens work great with two exceptions. The clock doesn't work (not a big deal but I will fix it eventually) and the oven doors get as hot as the ovens inside. I have two smaller kids so it is very dangerous. I have personally gotten burned a few times as well. Does anybody have advice on how to redo the insulation in the doors to prevent this from happening? Does it make more sense to call a professional, if I can find one to do this?

Thank you

Post# 1027075 , Reply# 1   3/14/2019 at 17:39 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I don't know what happened to the insulation unless it was carried away by rodents at some point, but you would have smelled rodent urine the first time it was heated if that happened.

Does either oven door have a window? If no window, the job should be simple. I think foil-faced insulation would be easier to work with although you should still use gloves to protect your skin from the Fiberglas. You will want to keep any metal away from the light switch plunger, if present, in the door to eliminate any chance of it working through the hole in the door and possibly coming into contact with the switch in the body of the oven.

There are screws that hold the outer panel to the inner door. Every Frigidaire oven door that I have seen has the hinge arms as part of the liner so opening up the door is basically opening the door, removing the screws and taking the outer panel off. You will want to have someone to keep the panel from falling. I cannot advise you about the window, if you have one, because I have never encountered a Frigidaire oven door with a window. Someone else here will be able to help with that.

Post# 1027140 , Reply# 2   3/15/2019 at 16:07 by pads (Rydal, PA)        

Thank you for the reply. They both have a window. I replaced the insulation in the top one but it was difficult to do and didnít seem to fully cover. I think that it was special stuff from the antique division of an appliance repair place. I assume that I need special insulation and canít just go to home depot, etc. and get some from there. Is that correct?

Post# 1027149 , Reply# 3   3/15/2019 at 19:28 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
!966 FD Wall Oven With HOT Doors

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You can open the doors and see if the insulation has settled, if so you can add more, when  I need insulation for repairing older ovens I just take it out of an old Self-cleaning oven that is being recycled.


That said these older non SCOs do not have great insulation. and it can be normal for the doors to be very hot to the touch, there were no exterior temperature standards back then, now they let room air flow through the door to keep the outer panel temperature low enough to touch BUT doing this actually wastes more heat than your older oven.


Check the insulation, if ok keep using the oven, teach the kids not to touch the oven just like our parents did if you want to have a vintage oven, and if it was me look out for a 1966-1978 FD double oven where the top oven is SCing, these are great ovens and best of all there is no heat wasting dirty oven windows on these ovens.



Post# 1027150 , Reply# 4   3/15/2019 at 19:32 by sfh074 ( )        
I used ......

a roll of R-11 pink insulation when I restored a '62 40" Frigidaire stove.

After completely removing all insulation in the sides and doors, I took R-11 pink house insulation and peeled the paper backing off and discarded. Then cut the pink insulation to size and replaced the old. I also used a wood dowel to push pieces of insulation into crevices I couldn't easily reach. Also took the doors apart and sandwiched 2 layers of the pink stuff in them. Worked very well. And it being spun glass, no worries about being flammable.

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