Paragon SC-series kilns use a spring-loaded door latch. There is a way to reduce the tension on the latch so that opening the door doesn’t jar the kiln. This takes only seconds:
1) Remove the top screw from the latch, which is mounted to the door.
2) Use a toothpick or a small magnetic screwdriver to lift out the spring located under the screw. Save the spring.
3) Reinstall the top latch screw.
Removing the spring eliminates half the pressure on the door latch.