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Smeg Oven blowing

Smeg oven keeps blowing no electricity

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  • 14wishy Oct 15, 2008

    The ovens are electric and there is no supply reaching them.

  • 14wishy Oct 15, 2008

    Sorry for the confusing title freetek. Basically the range is a dual electric oven with 6 gas hob burner. Nothing electrical is working, lights, clock ignition etc. The ovens have a single cable connected to a standard 13 amp fused spur which is connected to the fuse box via 2.5mm cable. The cooker cable connects to its own 32amp RCB in the fuse box. This did not trip when the cooker went off, is there anyway to check the RCB is OK?

    There is a cooker switch near to the cooker but this was obviously not used as the switch never switched of the cooker and the 13 amp switched spur did, don't ask me why as I inherited the setup when the house was purchased. The 13 amp fuse had not blown as I used it elsewhere to check.The cooker has worked faultlessly for 5 years, with sometimes both ovens up full throttle and all burners running.

    Is there possibly a fuse internally within the Smeg range which could have blown?

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    We have had the same problem. We have had the fuse replaced FOUR times. I keeps blowing out. The circuit isn't the problem as other things work on it. The oven is one a separate circuit with only a toaster and tea kettle sharing it. Neither were on when it began blowing out. Both still work.

    We've given up. Our Smeg is also 5 years old but now keeps failing. We are replacing it...but not with a Smeg!!


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Phew! I'm very grateful for all that freetek but it certainly sounds like I may have a problem outside of my ability. I guess I will have to bite the bullet and get some expensive engineer to come in and sort it.
As a layman I just can't understand how it works fine for 5 years and without any alterations made simply stops! :-(

Thanks for all the advice, I will post back when and if I solve the problem, or wether in simply ends on the dump!!!

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If the stove is vented to the outside, it may be just drawing air from the room through the fan.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Oct 15, 2008

    Sorry, the title included 'Gas Kitchen Range.'

    Have you or has someone else checked the wall outlet where the range is attached? 
    Is anything electric working; Light? Clock? Control Panel? Top elements?
    Electric ranges are normally supplied with two 120 volt phases or a 220 volt single phase and any of those would be protected by fuses or circuit breakers located in the main breaker box.

    Perhaps you could have listed the things already checked? 

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Oct 15, 2008

    is there anyway to check the RCB is OK? 

    Only by substitution unless you have a basement full of 'stuff' from a former business as I do or removing it from the breaker box bus and checking it externally. 

    I don't know where you reside but in the US a serviceable digital multimeter can be had for <$20 US that will find many uses at home or on auto electrical puzzles.

    Most CBs when defective will not reset as normal when they are sick but to ensure the contacts are still conducting, abuse the CB a little by flicking it off and on several times.

    I don't think there would be internal fuses and if there were, I would expect one per oven meaning that you would still have one functioning. 

    Another possibility is a GFI (ground fault interrupter) in the circuit which could be built into a wall outlet but wherever it is, it would have a 'Test' and a 'Reset' button. 

    If either the switching circuitry or an element has developed a 'leak' to ground, GFIs will trip instantly (typically in 1/2 cycle) if a fault is present.
    Some devices as primitive as hair curlers have  them internal today and your oven may have one too.

    If you have any kind of meter available, check from each leg of the AC plug to any exposed metal on the range on a high Ohms scale (10K or more) to see if any elevated line (hot) is leaking to the chassis.
    GFIs need only a few hundredths of an amp to trip.
    I hope you find one plug contact that is shorted to any exposed metal as this would be a rather dangerous condition if the range had no earth ground. 

    If you have already gained access to the heater elements, check those for continuity otherwise don't bother; it is nearly impossible that both would fail together.


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