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What would cause the bottom coil in a circa 1988 electric oven (Kenmore) to "dip down" in a deformation about 3-4 inches long?

alkapal | Jan 8, 201405:56 AM

I just noticed this for the first time the other day. Nothing has impacted the coil, and it was bent down to nearly touching the bottom of the oven floor.

I tried to bend it back a little and maybe it did bend back a little, but I am curious:

1. what would cause this bend down in the first place (not being touched by something else)?

2. is it dangerous to use in this state?

3. should i try to bend it back more?

4. can i just replace that coil myself (or does a pro need to do it?)

Anything else I should know?

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