what just went ka-bing on my stove?
December 6, 2010 4:51 PM Subscribe
What just went ka-bing on my stove? I was just cooking pancakes on the stove. The oven was also on at 300 degrees, to keep the pancakes warm as they came off the griddle. The overhead bonnet light was on as well.
Suddenly there was a strange flash. It happened in such a fraction of a second that I cannot tell you where it was from. It was like a tiny red sparking mini-explosion -- somewhere! I turned off the stove -- and could NOT turn off the light on the bonnet!
posted by keener_sounds to home & garden (8 answers total)
We just turned off the breaker to cut power to the stove/oven, but the fan on the bonnet still works (though not the light. Both fan and light are little toggle button switches on the bonnet.) How is this possible? How is the same bonnet getting and not getting power?
A moment before this happened, I mistakenly put a plastic spatula down on the glasstop stove surface and it began to smoke and melt. I doubt this is related, but there you go. Also, there is a teeny knick in the glass stovetop that has been there for years.
Another possibly relevant detail: our power was out recently. The electric company told us to turn off all the breakers so when the power came back on nothing would surge. After the power was restored, I turned on the breakers -- but (unlike the rest of the house) the stove/oven would not come on. We had to flick the breaker several times before it came back.
Is there a short somewhere here? What is going on?
We are very good at speculating; my husband has lots of smart theories; so we are especially appreciate answers from people who really know about electriciany things.
Thank you so much.