Exploding Glass Oven Door

An investigation has just been completed into the cause of the failure of an oven glass door. The situation was such that the owner had started the self cleaning feature of the oven. After a short while, the owner heard popping and cracking noises coming from the oven. Upon investigating, the owner found that the interior door glass pane had shattered. It appeared that a control malfunction caused the oven to overheat and expand the glass beyond its’ railing space. The result was the failure of the glass. The glass was part of a Kitchen Aid built-in oven, model # KEBS177SWH02. Has anyone experienced a similar failure? A photograph of the oven door is shown below.

Interior glass pane shattered, glass pieces shown in background

Interior glass pane shattered, glass pieces shown in background

About R.J. Hill, P.E.
R. J. Hill is the author of two blogs: R.J. Hill Consulting and the Descendants of James Alexander Hill. Mr. Hill is a registered professional (mechanical) engineer with 42 years of experience, 37 years in private practice. Please visit www.rjhill.com to see the kinds of forensic investigations that Mr. Hill performs.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes- I just experienced the same thing two days ago- with a built in KitchenAid convection oven. Wasn’t even in cleaning mode- just cooking dinner, and it EXPLODED like a cherry bomb. Pulverized the interior glass sheet and sent glass at lease 8 feet across the kitchen. Could barely get the door open from the pulverized glass in the hinge area. The oven was on broil, with a pyrex dish of asparagus inside. The oven door glass shield exploded, the pyrex was intact. KitchenAid wants to “repair” it.


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