The other day, just in time for our month Iron Chef dinner parties, our oven decided to die on us. The burners worked fine but after several hours of baking a ham, it still hadn’t finished pre-heating. So it wasn’t totally dead, but in the words of Princess Bride, it was “mostly dead”.
So after lamenting the possibility of having to buy a new oven, I decided to look online and see what I could find out. I found out that it’s usually the baking element (that wire thing at the bottom in an electric oven) having problems if the oven won’t ever come up to temperature. So I opened up the oven and checked the element. It looked a little funny, so I touched it. It fell apart. Guess that needed some help.
So we went on Ebay and ordered the part. It showed up today and I took out the old one and put in the new one (go me!). I turned on the oven and there was heat. So now we just have to be able to cook a meal and not have the house burn down and I’ll feel it was a success.
Here’s a shot of the old heating element.