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RCA oven bottom heating element burned up

I know replacing the element is a simple task: my question is this- is it safe to turn the circuit breaker back on and just use the stove-top with the bake element unplugged while I order a new one. I will leave the breaker off till I get an experts opinion.
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  • Thomas Simmons Dec 02, 2008

    Thanks for the quick response but the element is actually burned up and a piece broke off- am I better off leaving the power off?



  • Thomas Simmons Dec 02, 2008

    Thanks for your help..yes it does look like it's gonna take a couple of days to get the part and I don't want to cook out of the microwave until then.
    Again, I appreciate the help, Tom


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Youd be better to leave the old elemnt in tillits replaced, the wire leading to the elemnt is ALWAYS live, even when not on there is ALWAYS power to the elemnt wire

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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    Ron Coons Dec 02, 2008

    solangas you dont touch it, and it not touching anything else,I wouldnt reccomned leaving it on indefinitley but if you need to turn on breaker to cooka meal on stove top and then shut back off, forthe 2-3 days its gonna take to get elemnt, i dont \see a problem with that. TURN OFF POER BEFORE REPLACING IT IS ALWAYS LIVE!!!

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