My Oven is On Fire


I don’t mean this metaphorically, nor do I mean that the food in the oven is on fire. I mean, “The oven is on fire.” As in, the wires in the controller switch overheated, the insulation melted, they arced, and the insulation caught fire. Had I not been standing right there when it happened, I would never have believed it, except for the noxious plastic-smoke and the stench.

Oh, the range is a Thermador PRDS304 dual fuel (that is, gas on top electric oven) range that is about eight years old. This happened during the cleaning cycle.

Needless to say, I killed the circuit breaker and my wife called the repair man.

Comments (4)

  1. Ian Ceicys says:

    Wow! That’s a good thing you were standing there…otherwise it could have been much worse…count this as a blessing and tell the wife that now that you need to get a new oven…you need to get a new oven with a bunch of new features…features like being able to access the oven over the internet…appliance shopping can be really fun.

  2. Chris Szurgot says:

    About 6 months ago, the heating element in our oven decided to burn itself out. My wife watched it fuse itself about 6 in and then cut it off… Needless to say, we went shopping for a new stove that night.

  3. Scott Mace says:

    Maybe large appliances just don’t like you. 🙂

  4. John's wife says:

    Fixed! Many thanks to Dave Rounds at West Seattle Appliance.