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    Last night, I was making brownies. I noticed when I was sitting in the living room that there was this huge flash of light, then went to check on the brownies. I noticed that the bottom heating element had some residue in one spot, and it was glowing bright red. It also was emitting sparks (sort of like what a sparkler looks like) and it was pretty blinding. I shut off the oven and the red spot went away, as did the sparks.

    The brownies I was making were a bit on the greasy side. I turned the oven back on this morning and noticed that the bottom heating element wasn't heating, but the top one was. I tried to clean off the bottom heating element before I turned the oven on, but the residue wouldn't come off at all.

    Is it time to replace the bottom heating element?

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    I would think probably so. In our area there is a great repair shop that you can call and talk about your problem and they will make suggestions or just order you the part if you're not calling for a repairman. You might ask around or get the yellow pages out....I'll bet there's one of some sort near you too.

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    Sounds like it welded itself or something...trippy!

    Yes, time to replace the heating element.

    It's amazingly easy. A screwdriver and a replacement are all you need.

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    I'm so glad it's easy. DH and I are not good with appliances.

    I found a parts locator thing on the Whirlpool Canada website, which gave me all of the parts places in Calgary within our postal code. There's one about 5km away and they're charging $41.95 for the part. I'm glad I didn't call the repairman. Luckily for us, we don't need the oven for the rest of the week.

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    I did this repair. All is needed is to undo a few screws and pull out the element. The new element slides into a slot similar to the way the burners on the stove top do. Then you just screw in the new element. It is a really easy repair. I think I paid about $35 for the part a few years ago so $41 sounds like a decent price.

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    It sounds like you are on the right track. Just remember, either unplug the range or trip the circuit breaker before starting any repairs.

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    This is what went on ours just a few weeks back. It actually burnt through when it flashed. The repair shop had warned us that when you go to unclip the piece from the back not to try and pull the wire out too far as you may make it pull out from the other side where it's clipped. If that happens you need to take the back off and hook it back. He said it's lots easier to just be careful and not yank.

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    I replaced it today after we got back from the mall. It was so amazingly easy and I feel so proud!

    I took the old one off pretty carefully and made sure that the leads to the new one snapped into place with the connectors that came out of the back of the oven. I inspected the old burn element and you can see where a hole was at. I think if I had let it go any longer, it would have burned and then snapped in two.

    This repair was pretty easy. Thank goodness that there was enough extra wiring to unscrew the housing, pull it out and then unhook the leads. My hair kept getting stuck in the broil element though.

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