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    Default ceramic hob: cracked glass

    Right. I've been on Google for over an hour and can't find a reason why the hob has to be replaced.
    There is a crack in the glass about 2 inches in from the edge: the crack doesn't go over the heated part of the hob and there are no sharp edges to cut you.

    I have no idea how or why it cracked - nobody saw or heard anything

    My booklet tells me to contact a repairman, who no doubt will tell me I need a new hob (£400, fat chance).

    If it's not actually dangerous, I intend to keep using it. Is that OK or am I missing something?

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    Would liquid getting in be a problem? Keeping it clean?

    Otherwise, could you check your household insurance - might be covered?
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    Have you looked into claiming on the household insurance.

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    I had a broken one once, used it for months after. I would just keep an eye on whether or not it gets any bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhona View Post
    Would liquid getting in be a problem? Keeping it clean?
    I only noticed it when making bread: the white flour got in the crack and showed it up (hob is black).
    If liquid did get in, what would happen? Big bang?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAULW View Post
    Have you looked into claiming on the household insurance.
    Not yet, I have a feeling we aren't covered for accidental damage. I can't bear to have the kitchen ripped apart again for a few months at least. I also don't want another like it, I think it's awful. The oven throws out black smoke and is too small. I'd want to upgrade, but we can't afford to this year

    Quote Originally Posted by janeyo View Post
    I had a broken one once, used it for months after.
    That's what I wanted to hear. I don't even know how long it's been cracked, could be months & months: like I said, I only noticed when I spilled white flour on it.
    Nobody dropped anything on it, it just appeared.
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    if its on the edge it should be ok
    however the problem can get worse over time
    as any material heat up and cools down it expands and contracts, any weakness, fault or even minor damage will eventually stress the glass enough to cause a fracture (crack) if the material heats up unevenly, the danger will be if the glass fractures allowing liquid through, in theory you could get the glass to shatter if the pressure builds up too much or there is a major temperature difference how ever as the glass is meant to be used over a heating element this is unlikely.

    finally I'm using my 2 years of material science that I did over 20 years ago
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    If it is fitted it may come under building as opposed to contents insurance. I read on the money savers forum that if you held your house upside down and shook it anything that falls out comes under contents and anything that stays put is buildings.

    How long have you had it TS? If you are sure no one dropped anything on it, you could get the repair or replacement for free from the manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enrich100 View Post
    if its on the edge it should be ok
    however the problem can get worse over time
    as any material heat up and cools down it expands and contracts, any weakness, fault or even minor damage will eventually stress the glass enough to cause a fracture (crack) if the material heats up unevenly, the danger will be if the glass fractures allowing liquid through, in theory you could get the glass to shatter if the pressure builds up too much or there is a major temperature difference how ever as the glass is meant to be used over a heating element this is unlikely.

    finally I'm using my 2 years of material science that I did over 20 years ago
    pretty much what OH just said when I asked him

    Just be careful it doesn't get any bigger and don't put anything unnecessary on it (my parents unload all their shopping on their hob and I keep telling them one day something will break it!)
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