Charred Components in Rear Panel of Range

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Old 08-31-14, 08:55 PM
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Charred Components in Rear Panel of Range

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My wife was set to bake a delicious Labor Day Weekend pork roast when our 12 year old Whirlpool range, model RF386PXG, began throwing error codes. The codes, E1-F5 indicated a bad latch switch. I confirmed the issue by removing the rear cover. I'm not worried about the diagnosis.

I am concerned, however, that the latch switch appears burnt, as does the oven light socket, a cable connector and several wires. I've included a picture of the damaged components.

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How would these devices and wires have gotten burnt? Should I be concerned about it? Is the anything to do to prevent further damage? Should I replace the damaged components? Can I simply replace the latch switch and be done with it?

As always, any help is muchly appreciated.

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Old 09-01-14, 04:08 PM
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It looks like there is an awful lot of heat coming thru the light socket.
Is the glass bulb cover in place ?

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Glass cover is in place. On further inspection, it looks as if there was a small fire inside the oven. We have a long term guest staying at our home...I'll have a conversation with him.

After disconnecting range from power, the unit reset and came to life. It ran last night without incident. I've ordered replacement parts and will change out the damaged units.
 
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