Is your oven an explosive equipment?

Phrases Alicia Baker by no means anticipated to say: My oven exploded.

She stated that’s what if felt like earlier this yr.

“My preliminary response was, ‘What did I do flawed?’” Baker informed me.

Baker stated she has replayed that day time and again.

“After dwelling right here for 4 years, I made a decision that I used to be going to strive the self-cleaning mode on an oven, which I’d by no means accomplished,” Baker stated. “I put it on, got here upstairs to do some work and the subsequent factor I do know, I can hear my husband downstairs go, ‘The oven exploded.’”

Whereas Bakers oven didn’t essentially explode however the glass on the within of her Whirlpool oven did shatter to items.

She’s not alone.

Whereas the Shopper Product Security Fee has not responded to a number of requests from us for an actual variety of instances of ovens exploding, we discovered a minimum of 11 studies which have been filed with the company that date all the way in which again to 2011.

Nonetheless, CPSC has not issued any warnings or recollects.


UNF affiliate professor of physics Jason Haraldsen has a idea on what’s occurring.

“Temperature alone will not be essentially the problem, however that brings up the query of, effectively, why?” he requested.

Haraldsen stated it’s seemingly Baker’s oven had a microfracture so small the attention couldn’t see it, however when mixed with excessive temperatures like those reached on self-cleaning mode, your oven will shatter.

I reached out to Whirlpool and requested how frequent of a problem are these exploding ovens.

In a press release to News4Jax, the corporate replied: “Glass breakage like what this shopper skilled is exceedingly uncommon.”

They suggest the next kind to stop the glass on oven doorways from shattering

  • Don’t shut the oven door if the racks usually are not totally inserted

  • Don’t set objects on the glass floor of the oven door.

  • Don’t hit glass surfaces with bakeware or different objects.

  • Don’t wipe down glass surfaces till the oven has utterly cooled.

Baker stated that after this occurred, she didn’t contact the corporate and as a substitute reduce her losses and obtained a brand new oven.

Baker stated she’s going to by no means use the self-cleaning mode once more, simply in case.

A number of individuals who noticed the promotions for this story contacted me to say this additionally occurred to them. If you wish to share your story, electronic mail me.

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