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The heating element in this thirteen year old Jenn-Air double oven failed and arced to the frame the oven. The homeowner cut off the oven, but the arcing continued. He attempted to extinguish the arc with a fire extinguisher, but he was unsuccessful. The volunteer fire departed tried a larger fire extinguisher, but they too were unsuccessful. The arcing stopped when the electric meter was pulled. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the scene, the heating element was not present. However, arcing damaged to the porcelain enamel at the bottom of the oven was clearly visible.
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Jenn-Air Double Oven, Model No.: WW27210B with SN: 12150883QY
was manufactured in November 1996. Maytag (Jenn-Air) Date Codes
This is not as uncommon as I once through it was. The two You Tube videos depict the arcing as it occurs:"When the control module on your electric range goes bad.flv "My oven explding.flv"
The same phemomina can occur on a range surface burner or cooktop as depicted in this You Tube Video."Stove Element Burning Out.flv"
This You Tube video showed a hot spot on an oven heating element that will develope into a fallure."Oven Element Hot Spot.flv"