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Kenmore Electric Range #79097453801 / serial #VF90840852, is porcelin. After following owners manual instructions for self-clean cycle, the bottom of my oven


The self clean cycle will use extremely high heat to burn off any spills or residue to a fine ash that will need to be wiped out of the oven after the cycle. If that is what you are seeing on the oven bottom, then you should be able to wipe out the white and gray spots. The inside of a self clean oven cavity will feel rough compared to the porcelain of a conventional oven without the self clean feature.

If the spots will not wipe off then the deposits could be residue from spills that were not completely burned to ash during the initial self clean cycle. You may be able to remove those spots by conducting a second self clean cycle.

If the spots still remain then you can remove the bottom panel by taking out the screws at the back of the panel. Pull the back of the bottom panel up and back slightly to remove the front of the panel from under the front lip of the oven frame. Pull the bottom panel out and try to carefully clean the areas with a scotch brite pad. Do not scrub so hard that you remove the finish on the panel. If necessary, you may need to replace that bottom oven panel (part 316505601). You can order that part from the Sears PartsDirect website.

You were seeing information about the heating element. The broil element is visible. It is secured in the top of the oven by supports. The bake element is under the bottom oven panel that is described above. That hidden bake element is a feature that normally causes longer preheat times compared to ovens with a visible bake element. Other than that, it is the same as any conventional bake element in most ovens.

If you need more information about the elements or the problem with the oven spots that you are describing, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 27, 2011

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