Question about Maytag CWE4800A Electric Single Oven
Last night after cooking a peach pie, then a ham & potatoes I turned off my oven. When I turned it back on to make bisquits it made an electrical zap & the lights in my house flashed. After the biscuits were done I turned off the oven (so I thought) but it stayed on w/ the fan running. We had company over so I really didn't notice it until later. The oven looked like it was off but it was still heating. We got the oven/fan to turn off but it started up again on it's own. I think it probably never shut off but the fan came on again to cool it down. I tried taking out the fuse & left it out all night. Today, I put it back in & the oven started up by itself. I thought I had it turned off again but apparently it was only the fan since the elements were hot. I even tried taking out the breaker that turns the electricity off to the entire house hoping that would reset it...but to no avail.
Sounds like maybe a wire burned off of an element terminal and shorted to ground. This would bypass the thermostat, so to speak, and continue to heat at 1/4 wattage. The only way to control this failure would be to turn off the power to the oven, but it won't reset until the burned wire is repaired.
Posted on May 27, 2008
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