I just had an oven fire. There was no food in the oven. There wasn't significant grease, residue, dirt, or mess in the oven either - it was decently clean. No, it was an electrical fire. The heating element shorted/melted/broke/whatever, not necessarily in that order. There was a very significant electrical arc from the element to the floor of the oven as the broken part of the element was glowing white. Not just at the tip, no it was white / yellow-white for about half a foot.
I immediately turned off the oven. The arcing continued, much to my dismay (those elements must have some capacitor or the like they draw juice from). The arcing lasted another... 30 seconds or so? I was literally grabbing the extinguisher as the arcing stopped. The element kept it's white glow, which slowly faded to yellow, and then to a bright red.
Obviously the stove is fooked. My hope is that the only problem is the element itself, which I should be able to replace. What irks me is that finding parts like this for appliances seems to require a degree of some kind in applied "stupid parts archeoreseach". I swear to shit, the goddamn online sites don't reference shit when you're looking for this kind of thing. Oh, and GEs parts site? Yeah, it's a bit on the fucked end of the spectrum. First the site doesn't respond, then when it does it doesn't actually list our model. Oh that's swell. As in "bloated".
A google search of our make and model comes up totally empty, I shit you not. So I'm left with a conundrum: either the model listed on the unit is somehow wrong (making it a non-existent model), or google is wrong somehow and has failed me. Let me say that last part again... Google. Is. Wrong. Since when does google fail at anything?
Why does this kind of thing have to be hard? Find the model info, search GE's site, get the part number I need, buy or order. Nope, not the way it works.
You know, I have this pending murphy-like feeling of doom that I'm going to spend a bunch of time finding the part, pay for it, install it, just to find out the whole oven itself is now devoid of life.