Thursday, I got a call on a cooktop that was smoking and not working, plus an oven that wasn't working either.
The first thing I found was that the breaker was off, So I reset it, went upstairs and noticed that there was smoke wisping from the controls on the cooktop. Then I shut it back off.
|Notice the fryer next to where the knobs are.|
|This was the drawer underneath the cooktop.|
|This is what I found underneath the knobs, The one with the know off was the|
one that was smoking, The one with the know is already burned up.
|This was inside the cooktop, All that stuff dripping through is cooking oil from that fryer.|
The switch above is burned as a result and there are two more soaked in oil.
|The grease had dripped down so far that the pans stored underneath were soaked.|
When I told the tenant about this, she denied anything and when confronted with the landlord she tried to say that I had probably dumped oil down into the burners. Needless to say this story didn't fly and she may be on the hook for a new cooktop. The lesson here is if you have a nice glass cooktop, keep the fryer away from it, and be careful not to let water boil over into the switches. With care, these will last a long time. Maranatha!