Got an early, i.e. 1975, frigidaire electric stove. everything looks in good shape but there is about 50 or 60 volts showing on the surface of one of the burners.
Don't know what's up with that. never experienced current leakage from a burner before - at least not that i noticed - in 30 years of working on stoves.
surface of stove and other three burners show nothing but this one element shows distinct potential.
the porcelain contact mount for these burners has springs behind flat contact points and the burner is pushed up against them and held in place by a small tab on one of the burner support arms opposite the contacts that inserts into a small hole in the sheetmetal flange of the stove top.
a few hits online speak about spurious current on burners being grounded through the metal burner supports that are attached to mounting hardware that is screwed to or pressed against stovetop surfaces.
these plug in burners have a steel tie between the burner support arms and a small bridge piece between the two burner contacts that sort of contacts some mounting steel attached to the stove top when the burner iis insterted into the plug.
But it obviously can't be making very good contact because i didn't find the voltage on the rest of the stove surface, only on the burner. And even if it were to contact the rest of the stove this would just place potential on the entire stove, which doesn't seem to smart. There was no electical drain or ground or 4th wire on heavy appliances in those days so i have no idea how this would actually have grounded the loose potential.
what does anyone know about this phenomenon. I could just get another burner, but i have to admit i'm kind of mystified by the whole thing and looking for any input anyone has about this.