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Large range burner switch possibly defective

Burner apparently came on HI while switch in off position. It was early morning, stove had not been used for about 12 hours. After a cold breakfast, noticed hot stove light was on, then saw red glow of left front burner. Turned switch on, then back off. Saw a spark near knob. A possible short circuit? What is fix? Stove is 18 months old--any recall or warranty coverage?

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No warranty only 12 mo. The switch is bad call dealer - servicer and order part. should be less than $50

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