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.
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 repairclinic.com. I am a 30ish single woman and I did it all myself. Just be sure to unplug the range first!
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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The element should not touch the bottom of the oven. I would call up the person that did the repair and tell them about the small holes. This may be a fire hazard. You should not be charged for work that was done improperly.
We selected this oven element based on the shape shown and the dimensions given in its .com description. It works perfectly. The oven is a built in so, as you can imagine, I was not anxious to replace it. This element was not advertised as a self cleaning oven element, but it did self clean our oven as well as the original element did. My wife and I are very pleased with this purchase.
Your bake element blew out. Easy to replace... turn off the power (unplug) and replace the element by removing two screws holding it into the oven. Then you have two wires to the element and they either push on or have screw on terminals