If the Coil Surface Burner Element on an electric stove sparks, you’ll know it. The experience can range from a single spark powerful enough to put a hole in the bottom of a pot, to a shower of sparks until the coil burns out, to a few small pops. But what causes this?
If you’ve ever tried to search for answers online, you probably didn’t come up with very much. A sparking electric stove is a bit of a rare occurrence, but when it does happen it’s usually because of one of a few common causes. Today we’ll be sharing with you 5 Common Causes of a Sparking Electric Range.
1. Loose Connectors
In order for the Coil Surface element to work properly, there needs to be a tight connection. Over time as you use the burners, the heating and cooling can loosen the connection of the terminals. This can also be caused by using large or heavy pots/pans on smaller burners.
This can cause higher resistance which can overheat and start burning the wires or cause arcing which would be the sparking you see. Try to get in the habit of inspecting the connectors/terminals occasionally to help prevent this from happening. A good time to do this is when you’re cleaning the range.
2. Frayed or Broken Wires
With use, the insulation on the wires for the burners may wear or fray. This can cause arcing, or sparks. Due to the high temperatures involved, it’s best to replace any damaged wires rather than trying to repair them.
3. Cracks or Bubbles in the Coil
With heavy use, the coils of your burners will experience wear and tear. Cracks, bubbles, or blisters in the cast iron on the coil that expose the interior can potentially cause sparking. Unfortunately there is no way to repair this damage, and the burners will have to be replaced.
4. Damaged Element Socket
This may happen if the range is used heavily. The internal workings of the socket may fail, causing the burner to spark. If this is the case, the socket is typically easily replaceable.
5. Defective Cooktop Element
If there seem to be no signs of damage and the element continues to spark even when plugged into a different socket on the stove, it is most likely defective and should be replaced.
A sparking stove can be very dangerous and can easily cause a fire so be extremely careful. If you only experience a small single spark, shut the range off immediately and cover the burner with a lid or baking sheet if possible. Refrain from using the burner until the problem has been inspected and repaired.
Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location in your kitchen at all times and make sure everyone in the home knows where it is. In the case of a larger issue, exit to a safe location and call your local fire department.
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Written by: Sarah Walker