10:29AM | 09/26/07
Member Since: 11/27/03
28 lifetime posts
My oven's lower heating element had a "flash" of flame in one section of it, and I replaced the element with a new one. When I plugged the range back in, I turned it on and watched the element glow and heat for about 4 minutes. I heard a sound, went back in, and the entire range was not working. I went to the breaker box and the switch was flipped. I tried to flip it back, but it did not stay flipped on. Eventually I was able to get it to stay in the on position, but the entire range will not work, not just the heating element.

So, is my range blown or just my breaker? Or both? What might have caused this? What is my proper course of action? Any other insight is appreciated.

It is a Hotpoint, older model, and I purchased the new heating element from



12:40PM | 09/26/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** I went to the breaker box and the switch was flipped. I tried to flip it back, but it did not stay flipped on. **

That could be caused by a continued problem in the circuit or a failed circuit breaker.

** is my range blown or just my breaker? **

Possibly. The only way to tell would be through testing.

** Or both? **

That may be a possibility as well although probably least likely.

** What is my proper course of action? **

Someone would need to start by checking the electrical circuit. Once that is working properly, moving on to any problems in the range would be necessary... if still present.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



05:26AM | 09/27/07
Member Since: 11/27/03
28 lifetime posts
Thank you. I will call an electrician. I was trying to avoid this but I guess I will need to call in the pros.


06:07PM | 09/27/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
Let us know how you eventually make out.

Dan O.


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