Why Do Oven Doors Shatter and How to Prevent It?

Willie Mae Truesdale heard a loud explosion coming from her kitchen. When she went to investigate, she found her glass oven door in pieces all over the floor. “It was shocking and you had to really see it to believe it,” she explained. “It was like what in the world. Glass shattered, glass was out here on the floor.” To add to the confusion, her oven wasn’t even on at the time. And what’s scarier: Truesdale is far from the only homeowner whose oven exploded. [1

The Curious Case of Exploding Glass Oven Doors

Cheryl, a suburban mom, experienced a similar shock during the COVID-19 quarantine. She tried to bake brownies but they came out soggy in the middle. Her oven was only three months old but she realized its temperature was about 25 degrees off. After quarantine, she called a professional to fix her appliance. But first, she decided to put it on a self-cleaning cycle. Towards the end of it, there was a loud explosion and the inner glass over the door shattered into the oven.

But Michelle Wheat’s oven door explosion left her with glass all over her kitchen. Like Truesdale, Wheat’s three-year-old oven was not on at the time. Fortunately, none of her four young children were injured from the glass. And like Truesdale, her oven came from Frigidaire, Cheryl’s was Bosch, but other brands also have reports of exploding glass doors. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received about 450 reports about this occurrence since 2019.

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