top oven heating element sparking


Old 03-01-04, 10:52 AM
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Unhappy top oven heating element sparking

i rent a single-family home, and my tenant called indicating he turned the oven on broil and the element started sparking.

i'm going to check it out, make sure it's clean.
but curious as to the red flags i should consider?
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Old 03-01-04, 12:10 PM
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It sounds as just a burnt out element,
unplug or turn breaker off and replace element if burnt.
Old 03-01-04, 02:17 PM
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suggestions on finding replacement

thanks -
turns out the element had shorted out; and part had fallen off.
went to 2 different appliance stores and they think it's no longer made. an old 1930s-probably General Electric wall oven.
i can't find a model number - any suggestions where to look further?
any online resources for elements that are particularly good?
thanks so much
Old 03-01-04, 02:47 PM
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Hello: hanky

Just a possiblity worth exploring. Since the age of the oven may be a major factor in finding the part, did you inquire about converting the element to a currently available one?

You may have to change the connection device. Obtain that info also, if a conversion to a new style element is possible. Be sure the replacement has a equal voltage rating as the old one.

Just another possibility...which might be possible...

DIY's appliance shopping links may provide some help.

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Old 03-01-04, 03:05 PM
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thanks -
i was thinking of a retro-fitting type deal.
i'll be talking to an appliance service guy tomorrow.
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