Exciting times last night with the heating element in my Magic Chef range's oven getting a white-hot hotspot on it that started sparking and burning. Didn't trip the circuit breaker, turning off the oven didn't help, and had to crawl under the oven to pull the power cord then hit it with the fire extinguisher.
Realized my range is not on a circuit breaker(!) so will have to get an electrician in to fix that. And spent several hours today cleaning up the after-effects of the fire extinguisher. Annoying, but can't complain since it could have been so much worse.
Buying a new range since this is my second short circuit in as many months, so I no longer trust this unit, and don't want to pour more time and money down the drain trying to keep this one working.
Main question - is this a common failure to have a heating element literally burn up like this? I'm assuming if my range was on a circuit breaker it would have tripped, but I'm no expert, so I'm curious to hear from the experienced folks here. I found one other thread here that sounded similar but that was it.