How To Fix a Broken Spring on an O’Keefe and Merritt Stove

You hear a pop and suddenly the stove door on your O’Keefe and Merritt flops down. Thankfully, with an O’Keefe and Merritt, you’ve got a stove that’s easy to fix. All you need to do is access the springs and repair or replace them. Here’s how you do it–read the rest after the jump:

1. Depending on the model of your stove, you’ll be able to get at one of the springs via an access door. On my stove the access door is located below and to the left of the oven door on the inside of a storage compartment. If that’s the only spring that’s broken all you need to do is pull it out and find a replacement at a hardware store or stove repair shop.

2. My broken spring was on the side of the stove that does not have an access door. To get at this spring I had to remove the side panel of the stove, which is easy to do. The side panel is removed by taking out a set of screws you’ll find along the back of the stove. Once the screws are out, pull the panel off and you should see another access door on the lower left side as you’re looking at the side of the stove. The spring will be behind this panel. I looped in a piece of wire to temporarily repair the spring as I had a loaf of bread to bake.

Put the access door and the side panel back on and you’re ready to go. If only newer products were built with ease of repair in mind!

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  1. I wish fixing our OKM was this easy. We have a 1952 model 425-8 with these crazy roller thingies inside. Very hard to find. But so worth it. It took us three years to get the door fixed. The left hinge on our oven door was bent when we bought it. We tried to find a new door. No go. There are plenty of doors out there online to buy but none that use these roller thingies. So I finally brought our door to a local welder. He fixed it for $30. Then we found the roller thingies. Now we’re waiting on the new springs to arrive. It’s been three years cooking in a toaster oven and on a grill. I can’t wait to be able to bake.

    • Apparently there is a premium on this model because it’s small and will fit in an apartment. We were lucky to have found it in a thrift store. It works great.

  2. We have an O’K & M Oven with sprung door springs! Unfortunately, it is built into the wall. I’m wondering, if we can get a handiman to deal with it, do you think your instructions would work? The house was built in 1956 and the oven is original to the house. It works great, otherwise!
    Thanks

  3. My Okeefe-Merritt stove was bought in 1954. I love it! It has two ovens (side by side), four eyes, and a griddle. One of the oven doors is broken; it is hard to open, makes a loud noise, and sometimes can’t be completly closed. It is not built in. Can you suggest someone who could repair it? I live in Dallas, at (214) 348-0055.

  4. Here’s hoping that I find the broken spring when I open the left-side access door! Otherwise, I have to pull the stove out from its counter slot. :-)

    Thanks for the write-up.

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