new oven bake element -problem

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Old 06-25-19, 10:10 AM
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new oven bake element -problem

Just installed:

GE WB44X5082 Bake Element for Self Cleaning GE, Hotpoint, and RCA Ovens

On initial test, the element immediately began smoking at same location that the old element failed. See attached pic. Shut off oven ASAP.


Is this a defective element, with coincidence of defect at previous location?
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Does this indicate another problem is causing element failures (if that's even possible)?

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Old 06-25-19, 10:16 AM
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240v is applied to each end of the element and usually it heats evenly. Sharp bends can be trouble spots but not usually straight runs although an element can short at any point. If it appears to have a hot spot at the same exact place as the old one then it's strictly by coincidence.
 
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Most new elements smoke at least a little. Have you let the element get up to full temperature? Does the color even out or do you still have a hot spot?
 
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PJMax and Pilot Dane, thanks for your replies-

Pilot Dane- element began smoking a lot, and only at location shown in pic. Failure appeared imminent.
Therefore, shut off oven ASAP (within @1") -not allowed to go to set 300degF.

PJMax- appears from your reply that new element is faulty and just coincidence that at same location old element failed.

Suspect unlikelyn that something in manufacturing process could create only a single location on element that smokes and can be allowed to safely burn off(?) If that's possible, could allow element to heat/smoke longer, but wouild get supplier feedback before attempting that.

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Just smoking is one thing. Glowing red is another. If it's just smoke it could be oil burning off.
 
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Yes just smoking, but quite a lot and only at that one location.
I could leave it on longer to see if smoke goes away, or if begins to glow red at that location.

Since hot bake elements normally glow red, assume that you mean glow red earlier/more than rest of element, which could lead to white/arcing?

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Let it run a little while. See if it stops smoking.

If the element had a bad spot it would glow bright red immediately at that location.
 
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Wiped off spot where smoked, and retried it, heated to 300degF.
No smoke/no issues -see pic.
Apparently it was something on the element, as U predicted
PJMax, THANKS for your time and help!
 
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They use oil to lubricate the tubing when bending the tubing and it gets into the pores of the metal. I would leave the oven on with the door open for about 10 minutes to burn off all the oil and let the smoke escape so you don't get any odd flavors when cooking.
 
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