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Old 11-06-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I cleaned my oven today (turned the knobs to clean it anyway) and about 1/2 way through the process I noticed a red glow and sparks emitting from the heating element. I didn't want to open the door so I let it alone, keeping an eye on it so it didn't get worse. The heating element is now charcoal. It burned around about 3/4ths of the element and is broken in 3 spots. I know it's pretty easy to change the element but should we? Is this maybe a wiring issue and I need a new stove ? Thoughts?

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Old 11-06-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Change the element. It proably shorted out from use....wear and tear. A new one will be fine.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Like Shane sez, not a problem. They wear out.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:39 PM
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Make sure and kill the breaker and disconnect the oven cord before doing ANY work.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:36 AM
 
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Pleasantville, NY
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Ok, I installed the new heating element and as I was wiping down the soot from the fire I noticed that where the feet from the old element touched the stove there are pox marks in the enamel of the oven. They are about 1/8" deep. You can see where one of them is from the photo-under where the element is broken in the photo. Also, the surface is roughed up in parts. Is that going to affect the insulating properties of the stove or compromise the safety of the stove?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Not particularly. I wouldn't leave during a cleaning cycle, but I wouldn't do that anyway. In cooking, heat rises, and the general cooking heat isn't something I would be concerned over. I would be careful that any turkey roaster pans were deep enough that fat couldn't drip there and through the base of the oven. I suppose you could put heavy duty foil on the bottom of the oven, or even a bit of aluminum flashing, to create a barrier. meh. I wouldn't bother.
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