Over the Christmas holidays, I noticed a problem with my oven. It seemed to not be heating properly, as evidenced by a near doubling of cooking times. Last night it died completely, while trying to bake some french fries for dinner.
Most recently, my mother's 59yr old much-loved oven, gave up the ghost. She had hoped it was merely the baking element, for which she had a spare, but alas it was the antique thermostat instead. So far we have not found a replacement part, and most techs look at us like we are crazy to ask! But I am still hunting for one for her...
Which brings me back to MY problem...I was hoping also that my oven failure was an element. I got to looking inside the oven after it had gone cold, and noticed the bottom element looked bubbled and 'crunchy'.
After looking up the model of oven with the help of the barcode scanner on my phone(!) I was able to look at Appliancerepair.com to find the part number I needed. That website is a wealth of information and instruction on how to do repairs to major appliances yourself.
Being somewhat frugal, and an adherent to Dave Ramsey's ideas, (it helps being of Scots ancestry!), I decided to try to solve the problem myself. After unplugging the oven, and hauling it away from the wall, I began to remove the suspect element. By the time I removed the second mounting screw the element had snapped into 3 burned out pieces. Ah ha! The police often refer to this as a CLUE! Yep, bad element.
This morning I began calling around locally to try to find a replacement. Luckily there was a shop only a few miles off that had one in stock at a fair price. I popped over there, bought it, and zipped home in the cold.
The install was just the reverse of the removal. Slip on the spade connectors, fit the element in place, and reset the two screws. I plugged in the oven, and turned it onto bake to see if it heated. YAY! It promptly heated up to a glowing orange like it should. What was the hardest part of the whole project? Shoving the oven around! All told it took maybe an hour including drive time to and from the parts store.