Help needed with kitchen electrical issue

Howdy,
A couple of weeks ago I put a steak in the oven to broil, everything was going along great until I put a pot on to boil some water and the coil started arcing like an arc welder on auto-pilot.
I got a nice fireworks display for about 10 seconds before it stopped on it's own, At that point, none of the other oven functions would work yet the 50amp breaker in the cellar wasn't off, Thinking that the old thing was just hosed beyond repair, I got myself a nifty new oven with the radiant glass top. Very nice. However, I'm still seeing the same issues. I can get an LED if I turn on a burner but otherwise, nothing. I did replace the power chord (pigtail) so that's not the issue. You can't tell by looking at the circuit breaker that it's bad, but again, it was never thrown off. Tripping it a couple of times gains nothing. I don't mind that the old unit is gone and that I spent all this money on a new oven, that just one less thing I'll have to buy when I remodel but I need to get this one working.
I;'ve also replaced the 50amp breaker..
Anyone have any ideas what could be wrong?
Thanks,
T-
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Triaxis wrote:

Have you checked the stove outlet with a solenoid voltage tester (Wigginton type)? The terminal in the outlet may have failed open do to the high current of the arcing situation causing heating. The stove circuit is one of the few branch circuits in your home that may be aluminum wire. If one side of the 230 - 208 branch circuit is open then the oven will not work and the burners will not operate on high even though some of the controls may appear to work. How many blades on the pigtail's plug? Is it three or four? If you are comfortable working in the panel then check the breakers terminal connections and the connection of the white and/or bare wire to the neutral buss bar. With the breaker off you could open the receptacle cover and check to see that all of it's terminations are also tight. -- Tom H
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wrote:

Thanks for the reply,
I haven't checked the outlest with a tester as I don't have one. The pigtail has three blades and that's been replaced as well.
I'm going to try replacing the outlet as someone else suggested and if that fails get a tester and see what I can determine with that. If all else fails I'll probably have to hire an electrician to come out here.
Thanks,
T-
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You've got an open circuit somewhere...turn OFF the juice at the sub-panel, then inspect physically in the receptacle box. An open circuit won't throw your breaker; a short circuit will. This SHOULD be simple, but there is likely more than one problem at hand. That tells me you need a helper on the site. Do you have a voltmeter?
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