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11-29-2013 12:36 AM

Cooking dinner – the last chicken pot-pie in a Marie Callenders 4-pack – and the oven died a violent death.
It was about 5 minutes into cooking and I just happened to be in the kitchen with my back to the oven when I heard a loud pop and a big hissing and cracking noise like you get when welding. I turned around and looked at the oven and I could see through the door-glass because it was lit up like there was some 20000 watt bulb inside. I opened the door and it was the heating element going crazy. The back right corner was glowing extra bright and flashing and making all sorts of crazy sounds. I turned it off of course, but it’s fried. It really looked and sounded like somebody was in there with MIG welder. There are burn marks on the enamel side and bottom.

So now me and the dog are off to the Shell station for a couple of thanksgiving hot dogs.
When I get back I’ll look and see if the damage is just the element or if I need to replace the entire oven. That’s money I’d rather be spending on tools and lumber.

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 12:50 AM

I pulled the lower element from an electric water heater once, and it looked like it had exploded. Kind of like a hot dog left too long in the microwave. Depending on the brand, you could get by for under $20 in parts.

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#2 posted 11-29-2013 01:47 AM

The exact same thing happened to my sister in law last night while cooking pies. Thank goodness the neighbors came to the rescue and let them use their stove/oven to finish the baking. Of course they were invited to the dinner today.

Exact same thing. Who’da thunkit!

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 01:50 AM

Major bummer! Appliance repairs suck. Hopefully, the hot dogs treat you right.

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 02:08 AM

Toaster oven, er, toasted oven. Major appliances can be a major inconvenience. Hopefully someone here can indicate a similar experience and simple DIY fix possibly.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#5 posted 11-29-2013 02:22 AM

The gas station had no hot dogs and I didn’t feel like driving the 4 miles to the nearest Circle-K so we had over-priced gas-station potato chips for dinner.
It looks like the element is broken, just like Mark described – an overcooked hotdog. But the white mess around it that I thought was damage to the enamel is just residue. A new stove is $450-500 minimum, so I just ordered the element on Amazon for $17.95. I figure it’s worth a try and if it doesn’t fix it then I will go shopping for a new range.

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 02:24 AM

That sucks Joe, I actually had a similar incident with an oven a couple years ago. It was just the heating element that had to be replaced, so hopefully that’s all yours needs too…. Happy thanksgiving man.

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 02:36 AM

Sorry to hear about the bad luck there Joe. Luckily the element didn’t cost to much. They’re real easy to replace. Couple screws and they usually pop right out. Might have to detatch the leads from the back which means taking the back cover off, but still easy enough. Hope you have a better day tomorrow! :)

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 02:42 AM

Wow Joe ,I feel for you man.what a major bummer.

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#9 posted 11-29-2013 03:18 AM

Oh how I miss my electric stove,we recently got a gas stove although there was nothing wrong with our electric stove,the small burner on high would boil kettle of water in 2 minutes ,the pizza cooked in the oven well done in 12 minutes.
Best of luck finding a new electric stove with the old fashion elements around here.
If you can replace the element and get it going ,it will be good for another 10 years or so,they just don’t die.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 11-29-2013 03:29 AM

Probably just the element. Still louses up lunch.

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#11 posted 11-29-2013 03:33 AM

We just went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. That was pretty good, but I don’t think they allow dogs. Sorry about the oven.

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#12 posted 11-29-2013 04:20 PM

get out the charcoal grill Joe

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#13 posted 11-29-2013 04:41 PM

Sorry about your arc welding oven. When I was serving my stint as a bachelor, I had a microwave/convection
countertop unit in addition to the regular stove and tried to keep the fridge/freezer well stocked for
emergencies. As a retired soldier, don’t you have a stash of k or c rations just in case, if you lived closer, I
would give you my phone number so the next time this happened I could keep you from starving. We only
had 11 at the table, one of the grand daughters insisted on presenting the family with a new boy, Jaxon,
Wednesday night, so we were short three people at the table although my daughter did take some very
well loaded plates to the hospital to prevent starvation. Hope your story has a happy ending.

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#14 posted 11-29-2013 07:48 PM

When you get your new element, they are not too hard to install but very awkward to get to. At least all Of the I have ever done.

If your wires are clipped onto the tabs sticking out the back of the element they are usually not so bad.
On the other hand, if the wires have lugs that fit under screws on the element tabs, be sure to use the correct screws.

I bought an element once that had zinc plated steel screws and the original element had nickel screws. The steel screws never worked and overheated the wire and burned the end off it. I had a major PIA to fix that. Since then I usually reuse the screws from the original element if I can.

Good luck.

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#15 posted 11-29-2013 07:56 PM

Thanks guys. UPS doesn’t work today so I doubt the element will even get mailed until Monday. It’s arrival date estiamate was 2-9 December. So I just went out today and stocked up on stove-top type food. I won’t starve to death.

No Gus, I don’t keep c-rats around although I do have a few P38s laying around.

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