Replaced an oven heating element now there's smoke coming from my oven?


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Whether your oven is built in or freestanding, a single or double oven, it makes no difference as the procedure is the same. The first step of the repair is to remove the ‘back-plate’ from inside the fan oven. This is to establish if the cooker or oven will need to come out if it is in a built in unit.

Remove oven when screws are out.

Elements used to heat fan-assisted ovens are, in most cases, located at the rear, behind the back plate. Back plates vary in how they are fixed in place, but normally they are held in by between screws or alankeys.

Taking out the back plate

Once the back plate has been removed the fan oven element and the fan blades will be exposed.

In many cases cooker elements will show visual signs of failure; there may be signs of burning, blowing, bulging, or splitting, in a particular area of the fan oven element. This is confirmation that your oven element needs replacing.

Be aware, however,...

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Is your electric oven not heating? I have an oven that does not heat. The stove top heats, the lights work, and the oven controls work but the oven is not heating. I have tried everything. Everything works EXCEPT the oven will not heat. Does this mean the bake and broil element went out at same time? Please help I need to cook for 9 people in the next week. BTW I have a Kenmore Electric Range Oven. Thanks for any help you can give!

If everything is working properly BUT the oven, it usually means that the baking element and the broil element are intact and working. The issue is most likely a bad internal fuse, oven temp sensor, thermostat, a broken/frayed wire, power issue, or an oven control board.

NOTE: Electric ovens use two different electrical circuits. The heating elements use 220 volts. Most everything else including lights, timers, and rotisserie motors run on 110 volts.

Oven broil element

Here is a list of parts that may be causing your OVEN NOT...

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I don't think it's the worchester sauce that caused the problem, more likely it's the fat spatter from the chicken and the vegetable oil that has built up and started to smoke. The worchester sauce may have added to the smell but it's not what actually caused the problem.

You should clean your oven more regularly, it's a safety thing as much as to prevent smoking - you don't want a fat fire in your oven! There's 2 options there, you could heat it off (either at high temperature or a self clean if it has one) or you can use a chemical oven cleaner. If your oven is greasy enough to smoke up your house I'd recommend you get an oven cleaner and scrub - it's messy but it will clean your oven without choking up your house with smoke.

BTW, you shouldn't need to add oil when baking your chicken as there's enough fat...

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Posted By: kooklebock I am wanting to make a custom oven using a 220 volt heating element. It has a terminal on each end. I understand that each end is supposed to be connected to a hot line. My question is: what do I do with the neutral wire coming from the outlet? I figure I need to do something with it but I can not figure out what. Thanks.

You have to have the outside skin of the element, and also the chasis that the element is in, grounded through the neutral/ground wire prong/recepticle.

In theory, if you did not and you only used the 2 power legs only, without the grounding or neutral wire, if the element burned out and shorted to the calrod's exterior skin, and you touched the chasis, you could get shocked. Or for whatever other reason - say for example your element terminal screw was hitting the chasis.

But technically, the burner would work without the neutral/ground, as stated. It just is not safe that way.

BTW -that metal skin on an element...

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last updated: 19 Feb 2016

A fan oven that has stopped heating up or is not getting hot is one of the most common oven problems that oven repair & cooker repair engineers are called out to. The problem in most cases is simply a faulty fan oven element which is a simple DIY task to replace. To employ the services of a cooker repair company to replace an oven element would cost you in the region of...

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Cleaning the oven is one of those dreaded household tasks that most people avoid. Or at least I hope that most people avoid it, and that I’m not the only shirker. Cleaning the oven tops my list of “I-would-rather-be-bitten-by-fleas-but-I’d-better-do-it-anyway” jobs.

Baking can certainly lead to a dirty oven. Pizza night often means spilled mozzarella cheese in the bottom of the oven. Since we replaced our oven last year, I’m diligent about keeping it clean. Oven care is so very necessary. These appliances do not come cheap. Regular maintenance can mean the difference between a long oven life and a short one.

Dangers of a dirty oven:

Not only does regular cleaning mean longer oven life, there are also safety concerns associated with dirty ovens. These safety concerns include risk of fire, smoke inhalation, reduced efficiency, undercooked foods, and altered flavors in baked goods.

Fire & Smoke Inhalation:

Let’s address the first major...

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Head to the breaker or fuse box to turn off the power to the oven before pulling the plug, reducing risk of electric shock. Remove the oven door for easy removal of the element, if desired. After unscrewing the screws, brackets and braces holding the element to the wall of the oven, pull it several inches outward before removing the screws securing the wires to the prongs of the element. Note down the directions and locations of the wires to use as a reference when the element is put back or replaced. Also, secure the wires with tape or another method to keep them from slipping back into the cavity.

While removing the element, be careful not to touch the capillary tube, a device that measures the oven's temperature.

To install a replacement element, attach the wires in the order they were in the old element, and replace all screws and securing devices. Plug the oven into the outlet and turn the breaker back on before testing the oven. Some smoking is normal when the...

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Halogen ovens are promoted as being self-cleaning - and they are, but most owners don't rely just on the self-cleaning cycle, but will want to give it an extra rub or scrub, especially after cooking full roasts in it. A Halogen oven can get mucky and baked in over time.

Always wait for the glass bowl to cool down before you put water in it to clean it, if you pour cold water into a h ot glass dish, the glass dish will shatter.

About 2" of water should be enough to clean a Halogen oven, if you use more then you might find that it spills over while it's cleaning.

The glass bowl can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Many people will use the self-cleaning cycle most of the time and pop it into the dishwasher every now and again to give it an extra thorough cleaning.

Once a Halogen Oven has self-cleaned for 10 minutes, you might like to give it a good scrub down before you empty out the water.

The lid of your oven can be prone to being stained from...

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Question: The Burning Question...Electric Elements Smoking

If you've ever started up an electric heater, toaster, toaster oven, pizza oven, electric range element, or an oven's bake or broil element for the first time or the first time of the year, you may notice smoke rolling out of them.

Since my brother owns and operates a new and used appliance business, along with doing most of the appliance repairs, i can tell you I have heard my share of worried phone calls about someone's new appliance that has smoke rolling out of the oven.

They are frantic when they call, wondering if their new oven is catching on fire. Likewise, often after replacing a bake or preheat element, the same call will come in. I like to describe to them it's like the new car smell, it's there for a short time and then it's gone.

So the questions that are being asked are common and they sound like this. Could this mean trouble? Is there something wrong with the appliance? Could it...

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Google it using Boolean 'language.' For example "change heating element" + oven + put name of oven manufacturer here; leave the quote marks around change heating element and Google will look it up as one phrase. I was able to change a dryer belt w/my husband by googling it. The 'plus' marks look up the phrase w/the word 'oven w/the name of manufacturer (as each brand may be different with how-to directions.) In this same vein, if you put a minus sign (-), you are asking Google to look up something but narrowing it down without a particular thread; for example "fishing rod" - fly Googling the above would look for all fishing rod entries, but not fly fishing rod entries is another good search engine. BTW, I got your answer for a Maytag oven and it was the following: Here you go, click on this link below. It will take you to a page where you can order the part. I refer alot of people to this site. Nothing but good things to say about there experiences....

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But before we talk about my new baking badge of honor, let’s concentrate on overcoming the challenges of baking good bread at home. While many of these challenges present themselves early on in the two-day process (fermentation, flour selection, mixing, shaping, and so on), there is that key component at the end of this whole ordered procession: baking with steam in a high-temperature home oven.

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Reader Ruth Kilner, interviewed here, broke her oven while cleaning it. She asked me to help her shop for a new one, by advising her what features are useful. Before writing I asked my friend Miriam F., whom I consider an expert on kitchen equipment. She said that a feature she recommends has become more common in the last few years: a “true” convection.

Ovens have gas or electric heating elements on the top and bottom. The problem is that when you place items on more than one rack, the top of the upper item and the bottom of the lower item get brown while the middle doesn’t. This is the case with my electric Electra brand. I need to set the timer for approximately half the cooking time, then switch the trays. I do have a fan that is supposed to circulate the heat, but because it is placed in the back of the oven where there is no heating element, it doesn’t make much difference.

You can identify a “true convection” (real “turbo”) because it has a heating element...

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I have been baking sourdough bread in a standard electric oven with element on the bottom, but I have started using an electric oven with the heating element on the top.

This is causing lots of problems with my bread!

Firstly I don't get oven kick / rise because the top of the loaf just dries out despite spraying and placing dish of water in oven.

Secondly the top crusts way to quickly causing the outside of the bread to burn before the inside is cooked.

I have tried to keep the oven as humid as possible and keep spraying but that did not work.

How can I resolve this problem? Any info, tips, suggestion welcome.

Obviously it is best to have the fan forced switched off in this...

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Most of the time it is one of the heating elements or both. It is also
possible that one side of the voltage to one of the elements is missing.
When the oven starts, both the upper and lower work together until the oven
is up to near the proper temperature. Then when in the bake mode, only the
bottom one should be working.

I would try the both elements together, since it is an old unit. See if the
parts dealer will let you return them, if you find you want to scrap the
stove. But, if the stove is working correctly, it will be about as good as a
new one, except for the new fancy options.

An oven is basically a simple hot box, and a base electrical system. Once
the elements are operating correctly, and the thermostat works, there will
be very little difference between an old unit, and a new one.



Jerry Greenberg GLG Technologies GLG
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If your electric oven recently started performing poorly, or even stopped working altogether, fixing it yourself might be simpler than you think. An oven, after all, is basically just an insulated box with a heating element and a thermostat. This means there are only a few things that could possibly be wrong with it, and the solution in most cases is identifying and replacing whichever component is failing.

Power Failure

If your oven won't heat at all, the most likely problem is a blown fuse or a burnt out element. Assuming you're not attempting to repair an antique, your oven will have a clock. If it has also stopped working, it's safe to assume the oven is not getting electricity. Check your circuit breaker box and reset the breaker if necessary and see if this fixes the problem. If not, cut power to the oven at the breaker box before going any further. Note that your oven runs on 220 volts. There should be a double switch on the circuit breaker board controlling...

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Hi. I am extremely ill-informed in the field of electricity, which is why I posted here where the informed people hang out! I appreciate the replies. Just trying to figure out what happened.

I didn't think heating elements should burn. So, you are saying that there had to have been something flammable spilled on the element? It could not have been caused by any electrical short or malfunction?

Coincidence is that this oven's previous owner said the bottom heating element caught fire a little over a year ago. He fixed the oven by replacing the burned-up element with a brand new one. Seems like a strange coincidence for the same thing to happen again.

The newer, replaced heating element always heated disproportionately hotter than the top element, so I could not bake anything unless it was way up on the top rack of the oven, or it would burn on the bottom. The tops of my casseroles would be underdone, and the bottoms would be overdone. I put a baking...

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Hi. Just the other day, the kitchen was chilly. I turned my GE electric oven on "warm" and opened the oven door a little. The oven was very clean, no food or crumbs inside. Walking by, I noticed the bottom heating coil had a spot where it was glowing red...which does not normally happen. While I looked down at the odd sight, the glowing red spot suddenly erupted into a little flame, about 1 1/2" tall.

Quickly turned the oven to "off" and shut the oven door. Little flame continued to burn. I opened the oven door and dumped a BIG pile of dry flour on top of the little flame! That should have really smothered the little flame.... Shut the door again.

That didn't help.

Little flame continued, and grew..., maybe about 6" or tall by then, spreading along the coil, a developing ring of fire. It burned past where I had dumped the pile of flour! It seemed to be unstoppable, invinceable! Scary! Staying calm, trying to figure this out super-fast...Figuring that the flame...

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