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Smoke pours from under the range top when a burner is on

This morning, as I boiled some water, smoke started pouring out from under the range top of my Maytag electric range. In addition, the top of the range got REALLY hot -- and stayed hot for a looooong time.

The smoke smelled greasy, but I haven't spilled anything on it recently. I pulled out the coil, and there seemed to be no reason for the smoke. The smoke itself seemed to come from BELOW the drip-pan area.


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  • jonbrown101 Apr 18, 2009

    Same thing here with one of my electric burners. But unknowns to me I was using the it without the drip pan as it had deteriorated completely and tuned to rust (in dust form) on the under-surface of the range top. I removed most of the rust but I still get smoke. I don't know if it just residual or not but am afraid to leave the element on too long to find out. If I order a new drip pan will that solve my problem? Did the missing pan cause the problem or did the problem cause the deteriorated drip pan?


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[UPDATE} I gathered up the courage and left the element on for a while, carefully using aluminum foil in place of a drip pan. No bad smell. The initial odor was just the residual burning off of the last of the rust/dust. I was worried about directly contacting the hot element with the foil so I made sure it didn't directly touch the element but that was probably an unnecessary concern as aluminum foil has a very very high melting point

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