Sounds like the latch trip spring has broken.
Not that hard. Remove the upper trim, remove the screws, disconnect the wiring and pull to disengage the clips. Screw and clip locations in the pictures. Remove the vapor barrier by gently pulling on it and using a razor to cut the sealant.
Release the clips on the rods to the latch and pull the rods loose. Unbolt the latch, reverse to reinstall.
I have repaired latches broken this way by stripping them down, cleaning and replacing the broken spring(s). Not as easy as it sounds but it works.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 12:55 PM