Safety of exploded oven bake element

Old 12-17-07, 09:45 AM
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Question Safety of exploded oven bake element

We have an electric Kenmore oven and a couple of weeks ago the oven bake element exploded and covered the oven in a yellowish-reddish powder. We cleaned it as best we could but there is still a little residue in the back of the oven that the repairperson didnt remove.

We are now concerned about what this powder is made of and if it is a health hazard. Does anyone know what the bake element is made of? is it ok to use the oven if there is a little residue left over that was not removed. We have a small child so we are being as careful as possible.

Any ideas of where to go for more information. We have tried to call Kenmore and it has been totally useless.

thanks, Roger
Old 12-17-07, 04:58 PM
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It must be the insulation between the center wire that conducts electricty, on the inside of the element, and the outer metal wrap that does not conduct the current (it turns bright red but you can touch it without getting shocked - obviously you don't touch an already hot element though, to see!).

Why not just clean the oven with oven cleaner? For self clean ovens you must use the blue can oven cleaner.

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