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GE Range JBP26W0B1WW Electrical Burning Smell From Oven

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When I used my oven for baking recently, it starting emitting a horrible electrical wire burning smell.  I ignored the smell and went ahead and used the oven.  But now I want to find the cause of the smell.  Today I pulled the range away from the wall and removed the back cover.  I looked for burnt wiring but didn't find any.   What is my next troubleshooting step?

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... When I used my oven for baking recently,

do you use this Oven often ?

when was the last time ?

Does the smell occur right away, OR only after the Oven is warm ?

Does the smell also occur during Broil ?

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Or was one of the oven elements recently replaced?  A new element will give off an acrid, ozone type smell when first heated and should dissipate with use.

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In reply to Sensei and Kohai,

 

I use my GE oven very frequently, at least 4-5 times per week, every week.  The range is about 13 years old, it was new when we bought our new house, and all parts are original.

 

The incident with the electrical burning smell happened on Thursday, May 30.  The smell started erupting while the oven was preheating and it was so strong, I don't know if it stopped during baking.  The burnt smell is still lingering in the house (four days later).  Thus, I have not used the oven since then.  I was hoping to find the cause by moving the range out from the wall but there were not any obvious burnt wires or connectors.

 

Should I start testing the baking and broil elements for conductivity next?

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... Does the smell also occur during Broil ?.

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In reply to Sensei,

 

As I stated previously, the smell started when I preheated the oven for baking.  It smelled up the house so badly that I have not turned on the oven since.  No, not for baking, not for broiling, not for anything.

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Does the smell also occur during Broil ?

we can't help you if you don't answer the diagnostic questions

If a repair person were to diagnose it, he would try the Broil function

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