Pulling lower coil and big spark came flying out of oven backwall
What happened?...please read below
posted by cbbratton on Jan 28, 2009
The top coil is the only one that is heating...the lower coil does not heat up at all. Please help me know what to do to fix...the unit otherwise is working fine.
Thank you, Chris
Comment posted on Jan 28, 2009
Thank you!...so as I was removing the lower coil to expose the element (?) a huge spark? shot out and scared the **** out of me. What was that? Are the elements what I see attached at the end of the coil - at least on one side the other side is burnt off?
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Re: Pulling lower coil and big spark came flying out of...
Have you had a chance to fix it yet ? The wire has probably come off or burned off keeping it from working. Feel the element to see if it has any rough spots in it. This will indicate it is burned up on the inside.
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Found this post on another fixya-type site: below is the link.. Here's a repeat of Kai's instructions so you don't have to scroll down. I just replaced mine and it was a snap. Just a few Phillips screws and a few tugs. No need to pull the unit completely out as you can access the bulb after it's about half way. No need to disconnect any wiring harness except pulling the bulb out of its socket. I used the 10w (G4 12V) replacement bulb from Home Depot at $6. The light is a bit brighter but there've been no problems with fuses.
1) Turn off power to the unit 2) Open the lower oven door 3) Remove the side trim screws and pull the trims down and out. 4) Remove 2 screws on the sides of the control panel. 5) Open the Microwave door. Remove the 3 screws on the Air Vent Plastic Cover on top of the microwave. You can then remove the Air Vent Cover by pushing the control panel up and pull out slightly at the bottom. 6) Remove the 4 screws on the Air Vent Plastic Cover on top of the lower oven and remove the Air Vent Cover. (You may have to remove the left under side bracket of the Microwave door temporarily just for the Air Vent Cover to clear the screw of the bracket. Re-secure the side bracket of the Microwave door panel as the front panel may fall) 7) Remove the 2 screws which held the Microwave unit in place behind the Air Vent Cover on step 6. 8) Wiggle the Microwave unit out about half way to expose the light bulb unit on top center 9) Wiring to the Control Panel will prevent you from pulling the Microwave unit out any further. And you don't want to do that as the unit may fall. Space is cramped, but working carefully with pliers you should be able to release the springs which held down the light bulb unit and change the bulb. http://www.fixed4free.com/answers.php?id=51232
I understand that you are having a problem with your cook top sparking after cleaning. If you are talking about your burner/element sparking this is usually the case when the element is fixing to go out and needs to be replaced. However, if this is not what you are talking about please post make and model of your cook top and what is sparking.
My understanding is that the industry standard is for mfg,s to place nameplate info on the frame of the drawer opening, below the oven, on the left hand side. You may have to crouch down to see it, it may be obscured by the oven door. They put it there because it is below the hottest surfacesof the oven, and a service tech can read it without pulling the unit away from the wall. Good luck! Rob
Your husband is correct, kind of. You should not try self clean again until you get the oven repaired. You have a temp sensor going out. I doubt that the oven actually got too hot, most likely the resistor in the sensor is failing as it heats up and giving a false temp reading.Since the lower oven was operating at the time, it is probably the sensor in the lower oven. Don't use it for baking until you get it repaired. It will go out completely and shut down both ovens. You should be able to get a new sensor for around $30 and they are not hard to replace.
The oven won't set your house on fire during clean mode if the cabinets were built with the correct air space and dimensions, but they do get very hot, about 800 degrees F. Most ovens give no trouble during the clean cycle, but if there is any weak components in the electronics system it will show up then. It will give you less trouble over time if you don't use the self clean mode and just manually clean it.