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I have a problem with my oven which is tripping the fuses. It has a grill, top and bottom heating. I have diconnected each of the elements and think I have isolated it to one of the elements. I have removed that element and find, I can get a continuity reading across the two in put terminals, which I guess just means it is intact. However, I get a low reading across the earth and one terminal. Can anyone tell me if that is what I should expect? It's so annoying as I have had the oven almost 5 years (new with the new apartment) and this is the first time I have tried to use it. Previously I just used my combi microwave. Thanks for any advice.

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johncar (author)2007-02-18

Thanks jtobako, I bought a new element for, surprise , 22 euro, about $18 and it is now OK. The shop said that not using the oven for so long probably meant moisture had got into it. They had seen the same problem before.

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johncar (author)2007-02-11

Thanks for your reply. The reading is about 20 ohms. When I switch the oven on, with the suspect element disconnected all is OK. When the suspev t element is either connected when the other elements are on or when all others are disconnected, the fuse trips in a minute or so. I took readings on the other elements and they show no reading as too does my electric kettle. I think the repacement element maybe more expensive in Spain, about $50 or more, so I don't want to buy and find iot was something else. By the way, I own the apartment ( condo) so it's my problem !

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jtobako (author)2007-02-11

depends on how low. normal is going to be about 20 ohms, less than that is a short circut. nice thing about an apartment is that the owner is responsible for fixing it-if that's you, then it's probably around $20? to replace.

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