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Baking Element Caught fire

The heating element in my bottom oven caught fire...literally, there were flames. I immediately turned off the oven, and teh fire died down.

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    Mine caught fire as well. Haven't fixed it yet, but with 4 days until thanksgiving, it sucks

  • dfphilip Jan 23, 2008

    The same thing happened to my daughter's one year old GE Model JBP72 - she was told by GE that it would cost $70 for a service call plus parts and labor. The element cracking and burning does not sound like a normal occurrence. I've never heard of it before until it seems like there are minimum hits on the problem on the web. Any comments? It seems like it should be covered as a defective product!

  • Little Mike Apr 12, 2008

    top oven top heating element got so hot it was burning the insulation in the back of the stove filled my house full of smoke. only one side of the element was burning not sure what the problem is nor does Maytag. guess I will trasha 1400.00 stove

  • NonCookinmom May 11, 2008

    Just this last week our bottom oven bottom element caught fire with flames. My little girl noticed and we turned the oven off. Then I turned it on later but it would hardly heat up at all. My husband took one look and noticed the that where the fire was on the heating element it was totally broken in two. GREAT! The oven is less than two years old and minimally used. I like to use the top one. So now I'm looking at how much a new element will cost and after reading the other complaints wondering if that will be the end of it. Does anyone know if maytag will pay for any of this defect?

  • duck80 May 15, 2008

    this has happened to our jenn-aire at least four times, the last one yesterday with a pretty good fire, which I hadn't seen this bad before. It went out as soon as I shut the oven off. Rather disturbing. I've decided there must be something wrong with the oven to keep doing this. Needless to say, I need the downdraft feature which only jenn-aire makes. Anyone know what causes this to happen?

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    This just now happened to me. I heard a crackling sound in the oven and there were sparks and small flames. It burned about 60% of the element and then stopped. I also found out that my fire extinguisher(new) does not work.

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    I loved this oven - Maytag Gemini double oven #MER6770AAB, purchased on 11/28/99. But my recent problem in which the bottom oven element ignited itself and broke in two has me nervous about its safety. Is there a repair for this? Is this problem covered by Maytag? Please let me know.

  • floridamary Jan 30, 2009

    Same thing has happened to me twice, surely Maytag should have a solution for this, it could be dangerous if it happened when the house was not attended, say during a self clean? Both times I called the fire dept, very embarrassing but I was concerned at how far it would go.

  • janets59 Feb 13, 2009

    My lower oven heating element also caught on fire; I was afraid the house would burn down!

  • newbee22 Apr 03, 2009

    Where did you find the replacement element and was it easy to install by your self?
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Funny same thing just happened to me and it all seams to be the bottom element of the same ovens around the same year, I bought mine in 99 also, I keep my oven very clean becasue i know the dangers it may cause, I think this is a major problem and it needs to be addressed.

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    Darlene Wilson Jun 19, 2014

    i think they should replace the element for free




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I had the same problem and it was very easy to fix. The element and the wrench you need to change it are all found on I am a 30ish single woman and I did it all myself. Just be sure to unplug the range first!

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I had the same problem. the aged heating element actually cracked and an electrical fire was happening in the bottom oven. I replaced the element - and also had to replace the temperature sensor and now it all works fine

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