The timer for my lunch went off around noon today. I went to the oven to open it up and pull out my food, and, surprise! It was stuck.
I pulled again. Harder. STUCK.
I looked at the display where the temperature was holding steady: 350 degrees. Not good.
I noticed something else on the display...the word "locked" was flashing. Locked?! The oven?? Are you KIDDING me?
I looked into the dark oven. Sure enough, there was my food, continuing to cook at 350 while I pulled at my locked oven. Had I hit something wrong? Can an oven even lock itself? What in the world was happening??
Smoke began to come out, slowly at first, and then at a more steady pace. The dogs were swarming the kitchen, barking and whining as the smoke alarms blared. I was in full panic mode at this point. I yelled for help, promising that I hadn't hit any extra buttons! I swore!
We fanatically googled how to open a locked oven and after trying all the not-so-helpful hints, we started trying to cut the power to the appliance. Why is it that when you're trying to cut the power in a hurry that all the fuses are labeled wrong? It took forever (okay, maybe 45 seconds), but finally we got the power cut and started airing out the house.
I was blaming myself for doing something wrong to cause the whole catastrophe, but it turns out it was a malfunction of some kind. I am so thankful that someone else was home at the time, because I'm not sure I was in the state of mind to think through that problem rationally.
And, by the way, I'd like to chat with the person who gave my oven the ability to lock itself in the first place!! Augh!