The glasses used in the inner and outer sides of your oven window are not everlasting. Sometimes a little bit of incautiousness can damage or crack the inner or outer window glass of your oven. And then a little crack can lead to shattering the glass.
And when the inside glass of your oven window is broken, you may fall into a delusion about whether you should use the oven or not. Because no one would like to take any risk with their wellbeing.
Therefore, we would like to take the opportunity to tell you what you should exactly do when the inside glass of your oven is broken. Read On.
The Inside Glass Of My Oven Is Broken- What Should I Do?
It’s always safe not to use the oven when the inside glass of the window is even slightly cracked let alone entirely broken.
Most of the oven window has two glasses; one on its inner side and the other one on the outer part. Both of the glasses are tempered glass and are used to create insulation. When the inside one is broken, and you are using the oven, the heat will be exposed to the outer glass. The exposure of the outer glass to that extreme heat will make it shatter within a few oven cycles.
But what if you want to use the oven when the inner glass is broken? In that case, at the time of emergency, we recommend you use only the surface burner of your oven. It will be safer for you. But, don’t dare to turn on the broil setting when the glass is broken. The extreme heat applied by the broiler can cause destruction in no time.
On the contrary, if your oven comes with multiple layers of glass, then the verdict will be different. Because most of the new ranges have three to four layers of glasses for making the model energy-efficient which is the modern demand of the consumers. As there are more than two layers, if one layer of glass is broken, you can still use the oven. Nevertheless, you have to make sure that it’s okay to use the oven without the inner glass.
To do so, heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then try to feel the heat on the oven door during the process. If the oven door remains at normal temperature, that means the heat can not make its way to the exterior. As a result, you can use the oven with the broken inside glass of your oven. But any exception of that means the heat is exposed to the other parts of the oven and you need to replace the inside glass immediately.
What Will Happen If I Use An Oven Without The Inner Glass?
When you use your oven while the inner glass is broken, you put the outer glass of the window in the threat of shattering. When the inner glass is broken, the oven takes longer to preheat due to improper insulation.
Also, the machine struggles to reach the set temperature which leads to higher energy consumption. As a result, your electric bill goes out of the roof. It is also responsible for weakening your oven’s inner components as all of them will be exposed to extreme heat.
In conclusion, replacing the inner glass of your oven is less costly than using it a few times for a little convenience.
How Can I Replace The Inside Glass of An Oven?
- Go to a nearby home improvement store to buy specially-made tempered glass for the oven.
- Cut the glass in the proper dimension for a perfect fit into the inner window frame.
- Gently remove the broken glass and dispose of it in a safe place.
- Remove the inner rubber trim from the top of the door so that you can slide the new glass panel into the frame.
- Now slide your new glass into the rubber frame or door trim and must be attached to the door frame. Make sure to seal the glass properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does My Oven Glass Shatter?
There are many reasons for which the oven glass may get damaged. Suppose while cleaning the inner glass, you accidentally cracked the glass a bit and you didn’t notice and that at the end shattered. Hitting the glass accidentally or temperature differences are also reasons for which an inside glass of an oven window may shatter.
Surprisingly, in recent days “spontaneous” shattering in inner window damage has been seen too.
What Kind Of Glass Is Used In An Oven Window?
Manufacturers use tempered glass for the inner and outer sides of the oven door. The same glass is used for car windows due to its tendency to stick together in pieces even when it shatters.
Why Tempered Glass Is Used For The Oven Door?
Tempered glass is considered a safety glass due to its property and manufacturing process. It is much harder than any normal glass. It will shatter but won’t break into sharp-edged pieces. This glass is manufactured in a high temperature and rapid cooling system making it more endurable to heat and other damaging elements.
If you have an older range, then I would recommend not using it when the inside glass is broken. Because most of the older range ovens have only two layers of glasses. If one layer is broken. The heat will be easily exposed to the other glass and cause it to shatter. In that case, you must replace the inside glass of your oven in no time.
On the other hand, having a new range oven with multiple layers of window glass may be a relief. But that too can be destructive if you put the glass replacement off and use the oven without the inner glass for a long time. Because using an oven without inner glass weakens other components of the oven due to high heat and extreme pressure.