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WHIRLPOOL CORP, MAYTAG ELECTRIC RANGE MODEL MER8700DS1, SERI

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WHIRLPOOL CORP, MAYTAG ELECTRIC RANGE MODEL MER8700DS1, SERI

Maytag Electric Range Model MER8700DS heating element catches fire, explodes and vaporizes the metal in the bottom of the oven resulting in a large hole. My wife and I had been cooking a turkey in the oven, at 325 degrees for about 3 hours when she came to get me and stated that she thought she saw flames coming from the bottom right side of the oven. I went to the oven and looked thru the glass window and did not see any flames. About 10 minutes later we were sitting in our living room with the rest of the family when we lost power in the house momentarily and all electronics reset themselves (our town loses power frequently and we were not concerned). About 5 minutes later, while still gathered in the living room, the power went out momentarily again and immediately turned back on. When the power came back on my wife heard a bang while I simultaneously heard a very loud, deep “humm” that lasted about 1 second or so which I assumed had come from the television speakers in the kitchen. Soon after this my wife went to check on our dinner and again informed me that she saw fire in the bottom of the oven. I went to the oven and looked thru the glass window. This time I did see blue colored flames rising up about 1″ high and emanating from between the right-hand side of the oven and the floor of the oven cavity. I then examined the left-hand side of the oven and observed the same blue flames there at the bottom as well. I assumed at that moment that the heating element was burning out and it would need to replace it. I shut the oven off using the control panel and we removed the food. We continued to utilize the stove burners and the clock was still working at this time. The next day pulled the stove out from between our kitchen cabinets and unplugged it. I then opened the oven to remove the bottom pan of the oven that covers the heating element. As I reached inside the oven cavity I saw an oval shaped hole measuring approximately 1/2″ x 3/4″ located in the bottom rear of the cavity. I removed the screws holding the bottom of the oven to the frame, flipped it over and observed a tear drop shaped scorch mark along with “metal spatter balls” emanating like rays of sunshine from the scorch mark. This was all accompanied by a tan residue flowing out from the pointed end of the teardrop shape. It looked like a comet with a tail. From my years of working in a metal fabrication and welding shop I recognized this pattern. In my opinion, the hole in the metal had been welded and vaporized by an electric arc rather than melting due to overheating of the heating element. I next turned my attention to the heating element itself. The portion of the heating element below the hole in the pan was contorted and blown in half from the inside with charred, ragged, melted tares extending approximately 3″ outward from the right hand-side of the fracture and 1″ from the left-hand side of the fracture. I also observed that along almost the entire length of the heating element was severe pitting, charring and fusing of the heating element metal with the outer coating. I realized that I was very fortunate not to have been electrocuted when I touched the control panel to shut off the oven. Fortunately, no-one was injured at this time. The range is unplugged and I will be contacting Maytag to report this. I’m also hiring an electrician to examine my homes main electrical panel to determine if it needs to be repaired. At this point I don’t know the cause of the malfunction but it needs to be investigated and resolved before someone gets seriously injured.

Manufacturer - Importer Name:
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

Brand:
Maytag

Model Name or Number:
MER8700DS1

Date Manufactured:
Not Provided

Retailer:
Home Depot

Purchase Date:
6/11/2016

City:
Rehoboth

State:
Massachusetts


Report Date:
12/2/2022

Injury (Yes or No):
Incident, No Injury

Victim' Age:
54

Company Comments:
None

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