Question about Ovens
Hi - I have an oven that just seems to eat up oven elements.
I am on the third one in 7 years. When it blows there is usually a bit of bang and a small hole can be seen in the element.
It is easy enough to replace but surely it shouldn't be blowing so often. I only use the oven 2 or 3 times a week so it is not through over use.
I was wondering if I don't use maximum temperature I might extend the life. Cheers if anyone can help.
First, high heat is the enemy but not the only one. If you're cooking fat laden items and splashing the fat up onto the element, that is a big problem. You may also want to see if the voltages feeding the unit are within spec. You don't say where you are but if you're in North America, check both sides of the line. If the voltage varies by more than 2 volts side to neutral or is over 120 per side, 240 total, call your electric company. You may have grounding issues. They can test this at no cost.
Also, when installing an new element, with the unit circuit breakers off, use a small amount of abrasive to clean the connector to the element on the appliance side. It may be corroded. You may find it easier to replace it.
Posted on May 27, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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