Model #79096219403 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Melted Kenmore heating element in Range

A:

Having this happen can be really concerning. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, a suggestion I have is to visit Sears Home Services website to set service with a Sears technician. I have attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
March 21, 2011
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The oven elements on a range are made with a nickel cadmium wire inside a metal tube. The nickel cadmium wire has a ceramic insulating tube around it to keep it from shorting to the outside metal tube.

Voltage is applied to each end of the nickel cadmium wire causing it to get very hot. This is how the element heats.

Sometimes oven cleaner, or grease will soak through the metal tube and cause the nickel cadmium wire to short to the outer metal tube. This short causes the metal tube to melt and the nickel cadmium wire to burn.

This is a fairly common symptom when an element fails. It is not a sign of the range failing, the element failed. Replacing the oven element will repair the problem and the new element will not fail because the original did.

Sometimes when an element shorts like this, it damages the relay contacts in the clock. If this has happened, you will have to replace the element and the clock. I am sending you the part number and price of a bake element and clock. I suggest you compare this cost with the cost of a replacement range.

22 628 316413800 1 $73.41 79096219403 Element,bake ,hidden 22 628 316418310 1 $84.23 79096219403 Clock/Timer,electronic ,ES335 22 628 316419306 1 $19.76 79096219403 Overlay,clock ,black ,ES335

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 22, 2011
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I had the same thing happen to the bottom heating element in my oven and have a new heating element on the way. However, my concern is that the melted metal in the oven dripped on to the bottom of the oven damaging it (see attached picture). I have no way of knowing how deep this damage goes and whether that presents a fire hazard when it is heated. Any help would be appreciated.

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Jeriad -
July 13, 2011
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The image looks like the heat from the melted element melted some of the porcelain coating on the oven liner. The porcelain coating covers a steel oven liner. There is no danger of fire unless there are holes in the steel oven liner. The porcelain coating is on the inside and outside of the steel oven liner. The oven liner is also wrapped in a fiberglass blanket to contain the heat. If there are holes through the steel liner, you should replace the oven liner.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 14, 2011
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