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Electric oven arcing


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#1 Louie723

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:53 AM

I have an old Whirlpool 'Super Capacity 465' electric range that I seldom use. I used the self-cleaning feature awhile back (yes I know now bad idea) and the next time I used the oven it arced a couple of times. Have not used it since.

But then this morning I was reaching for something in the cabinet above the range, leaning against it, and it popped/arced. Neither the range or oven was even turned on. What's going on here?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:04 AM

You have a broken HOT wire shorting to ground.
Turn off the circuit breaker first.
Unplug the range.
Remove the back panel and start tracing wires.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:07 AM

Ok that sounds about right. Thanks for the quick reply.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

could be a Bake or Broil Element partially shorted tom chassis / ground
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

L-2 is live from source to element on most ranges. If the element is shorted to cabinet you could get some arcing.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:26 PM

could be a Bake or Broil Element partially shorted tom chassis / ground
full MODEL NUMBER ?


Model number is RF365PXG.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

yes, on that model, one side of the Bake Element and the Broil Element are directly connected to L2 (line power)
The Elements would need to be tested and to see if they are partially shorted to chassis (ground)
The Oven Controller may also have been damaged from the short or from self-cleaning
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

It turned out that the terminal block and power cord had to be replaced. Fried.




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