How to change door seal of convotherm commercial oven by cleveland model OES 6.10 mini door
Combi-oven gaskets can be challenging to install, since they tend to resist everything you need to do to install them.
In your case, I see (from PartsTOWN's picture) that the new gasket is ROUND, while the door is almost SQUARE. That would seem to make it even MORE interesting. It's critical to install the gasket evenly and flush. You don't want to stretch any part of the gasket in such a way that would cause it to be bunched up elsewhere
The tools/materials I use:
Remove the old gasket.
Install the new gasket.
Prepare by painting the channel with the soapy solution. Although the soapy solution MIGHT allow you to push the gasket in SQUARELY, that's rare. So I simply lay one side of the gasket's dart into the channel, then work the other side in with the aforementioned blunt tool (see illustration).
You'll need to seat several inches of any section of gasket you're working into the channel in order for it to adequately grab and stay in.
The overall plan is to get the gasket into place EVENLY all the way around. Therefore, follow the pattern illustrated below - along with the following instructions:
At this point you can work your way around the door frame to seat the rest of the gasket into the channel.
Once it's all in, work your way around as necessary to inspect it. Wiggle in any parts that aren't fully seated or are crooked.
Two tools that I have found helpful, is a rubber mallet and a glazing blade. Glazing blade is a nylon double ended tool used for older auto window gaskets to inset the cord or lock seal. Since the glue in windows, not sure where to find one these days. Mallet helps to slide it if you have a belly with a light angled tap longitudinally..
I wonder how one of those plastic window screen spline rollers would work. I'm just afraid, despite ectofix clearly saying use something that won't damage the new gasket, that someone will read this and think "screwdriver, okay!"
I'm thinking that won't be wide enough. Maybe a plastic spreader that one might use for spackle or perhaps a tape applicator?
I think it all comes down to a person's "feel" and ability One has to know their limitations. Obviously a great tool helps with any project and makes it easier. . The key here is like ectofix stated, Lubrication! It's messy, but it cleans up.
That seal is a bear. I believe Cleveland changed that material more than once because they were having problems with it. Depending on which one is in there currently, when you go to remove it it's going to break into 1000 little pieces and get stuck in the groove. I've easily spent a 1/2 hour picking the pieces out.
When you go to put the new one in it will look kind of confusing. Like, which side goes into the groove and which side seals to the door? I'm going to confuse you trying to explain it (I'm confusing myself just thinking about it) so I'd suggest you take a close look at the old one before you pull it off. Take a pic.
Lastly, find the two small holes in the gasket. Those need to be in the middle of the bottom section.
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