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
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>