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Electric shock I'm not very familiar with ovens so I'll try to explain what happened in detail. My mom was cooking on the stove-top (Westinghouse with coils and tin foil underneath to catch drippings). It's pretty old and it's never had a problem before. Anyway, she also puts up this little fold-out piece of foil to keep back spray that sits on the top around the coil. About in the middle of cooking when it'd been on for a while, suddenly there's this LOUD buzzing sound and it starts spitting out white sparks from the coil. It did this twice and settled down, then we turned it off. It looks pretty normal now, but we're not using it again until we figure out what went wrong. Was it the foil? A short-circuit? Does it need to be replaced?

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Hello butterfly777,
Remove all traces of foil ( with power off) and make sure the coil is fully seated into the electrical terminal block.. these are typically just pushed in to seat them.. Run the heater up to full power and let it stay there for 10-15 minutes.. if you don't see any problems with it... in all probability its ok.. and can be run that way..
I am speculating on what may have happend... perhaps a piece of foil flashed on you and sparked a little.. foil is electrically conductive but the coil element itself is grounded externally so if it doesn't spark after it is run up during your test.. it should be ok.. If you are uncompfortable or feel it poses a threat..get a replacement heating element...
Hope that helps..
Regards,
Rick

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