Preventing Oven Door Explosions

preventing-oven-door-explosionsImagine the shock you would feel if your oven door suddenly exploded in your kitchen. That’s what happened to Johnsie Mason of on Wadmalaw Island, S.C.

According to her story on WCBD, “Mason just finished cooking a pizza in her oven and decided to run a self-cleaning cycle. Sometime between the end of the self-cleaning cycle and the cool down, the oven door glass exploded leaving glass across her kitchen.”

An appliance repair person interviewed in the story said the glass shattering was probably due to a crack on the glass door. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven can reach temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Such high temps can shatter glass already damaged.

To prevent your oven door from exploding:

  • check to make sure there are no cracks in your glass door and replace the glass if there is a crack
  • do not slam the oven door as it might damage the glass
  • do not rest heavy objects on the door
  • avoid scratching, hitting or stressing the glass on an oven door, as this may cause it to break at a later time.

Get more tips at Call Collett: Ovens exploding across the US

It’s also a good idea to check to make sure your oven was not involved in any recalls. Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website using your oven’s model number. The model number will be located someplace on your oven or range.

Buy new glass for an oven door, or other oven parts at

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