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The lower burner burnt in half after arcing....

We had been using the oven for about 5 hours and noticed it begin to arc and move long the element .... we used a fire extingusher to finally get it to stop .... is this something I can replace myself ( the element ) ???? and if so how can i get the replacement part??

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Yes, elements are common and VERY easy to repair. Just be sure to un-plug the oven so you don't have to worry about shock or electrocution.

You will need the replacement part (probably less then $50) a screwdriver and or a 1/2 socket wrench.

You can order the parts locally or use a site like this (repairclinic.com) to identify and order the parts you need.

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