I have a 20 year old GE oven. The old broiler element burnt out and I have
The element is shaped like a W, where the two ends go into the back of the
oven through a mounting plate.
It WAS held up by a support going from side to side, attached to the top.
The new element is like the old one, except there is a support going from
the mounting plate to the center of the element, supporting it there. It
seems reasonably stable, without the side to side support, though not a much
as if I put the old side to side support back in.
It burnt out by shorting to the support. I wonder if I should put the side
to side support back in, or leave it as it is.
I suppose it will be okay if it shorts out again in 20 years...
Sadly, there is a second issue.
The wire only came out of the back 2", so it was hard to see what I was
doing. The element end is connected to the feed wire with a screw. When I
screwed it in, it bent the back of the element instead of screwing in. When
I realized what was going on, I secured it with a vice grip and got it to
screw in properly.
Nothing is broken, nothing is shorted, the element heats up properly. Can I
rest easily, or should I get a new one?
I tested the old one. Bending the end like I did the new one didn't seem to
do anything to it. Bending it back broke it. In theory, heat should take
stress out of it, shouldn't it.