The 'bake element' in my oven went on the fritz last night.
I was pre-heating, and while checking the temp on the inside thermometer, I saw flames sprouting from a 1 1/2" glowing section of the element. The flames had built up because I was standing there feeding it oxygen, so I shut her up and they died withing a few minutes. So, I cooled it off, the glow went away, and I tried to heat the oven again, and now it doesn't work at all.
I looked at the element and it's definately got some sort of corrosion on it's back 4". That section of the element had turned charcoal/silver with scales all around it. I've ordered the new part from Sears, it'll be a little while before I get it though.
What would corrode the element like that? The oven itself has been on the fritz for a while, now that I think about it. Ever since I moved in here I couldn't trust the dials, their labels had washed right off --over-zealous cleaning
Anyway, lately you'd set it to one temp, get it right where you want it, and 5min later it would jump way up. I guess that was a sign, I should have paid attention.
What can I do to protect the next element from however I've tortured this one? <she asks sheepishly>