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Old 06-18-2010, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oven heating element is sparking - need advice

I got a call from my renter that the heating element in the oven is shooting out sparks. The idiot called the fire department rather than flipping the breaker. Anyone have an idea what would cause this? I'm thinking it is the bake element - could it be anything else?
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Several things could cause it- damage to the element could cause the external case to be broken, shorting out the heat element to the case, or the connection at the rear of the oven could be damaged.
Elements aren't all that difficult to replace and they are pretty cheap. Easiest to just replace it or have an appliance repair guy take care of it- should be a quick job unless the renter did something REALLY stupid (which I wouldn't be at all surprised by).

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From what I heard it is a fairly commomn failure. I turned my oven on one day, and before the oven got to temperature, the sparks went flying for about 5 seconds and then the element caught on fire. I bought the replacement element from sears.com and replaced it myself in about 10 minutes and have not had a problem since. I can't remember if the element had 2 or 3 screws but that was all there was to replacing it. Just make sure you don't let the lead from the oven fall back into the hole in the back of the oven or you will have to fish it out.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bad element.

Mine cracked and caught fire. Not sure why they catch fire when they go bad.

Took two phillips screws and a whopping 3 mintures to replace.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you need a new bake element you can purchase them here pretty inexpensively...I have had to deal with that in my rentals too.

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http://www.appliancepartspros.com/
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I've found a local place is good to buy your parts from. They're usually about the same price as mail order places and good for advice and instruction. I searched for appliance parts in Heathrow Fl and here's the results.
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