Thread Number: 77886  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Hotpoint Custom Trend wiring woes
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Post# 1019213   12/27/2018 at 14:08 by Paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        

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Woe is me. I may want to use my pank Custom Trend but have some issues.
When I bought it a few years ago it was working according to the prior owner. No reason to not believe him.
However, forensic examination reveals a not-so-optimal repair. It appears that for some reason the wiring in the range was cut and spliced back together.
Any idea why?
The prior owner gave me a repair receipt from GE Service where, in 1996, they replaced all surface elements. I have no way of knowing if they did this wiring “repair” or someone else.
If I were to redo this wiring, what would be recommended wiring and materials to purchase?
Additionally, I wish to add a cord. What is your suggested modern cord to use? I will have an electrician install the mating receptacle.
All comments welcome!

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Post# 1019214 , Reply# 1   12/27/2018 at 14:13 by Paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
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Glam shot. Gram’s indestructible Crosley fridge is adjacent.

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Post# 1019274 , Reply# 2   12/28/2018 at 07:06 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Hope you get it working,,,

The one John has in Beltsville is the absolute best baking oven in that entire kitchen, Kevin and I loved it when we cooked for the wash in.

Post# 1019278 , Reply# 3   12/28/2018 at 07:40 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I'd bet all the wiring got cut so that the box holding the 4 surface units could be removed.  This may have happened when the unit was removed from it's original installation.  That's what  happened to the oven control box from my Wonder Kitchen... I rewired the whole thing with high-heat wires that I found at Home Depot (the kind with a fireproof fabric insulation).

Post# 1019279 , Reply# 4   12/28/2018 at 07:43 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Paul, the wiring looks fine to me. it looks like they replaced the wiring to the surface elements when they changed the elements, hook it up and test.


I fuse all my vintage ranges to 30 amps which will provide plenty of capacity unless you want to have all four burners on hi while using the oven, a 30 amp circuit provides a much greater margin of safety if something shorts.


I normally use a 3 wire dryer cord, but a four wire cord can be used if the electrician insists, but a properly wired 3 wire cord is just as safe and probably safer. [ the problem with a 4 wire cord is you have no way of knowing if the ground is actually good, with a 3 wire cord if you lose the neutral-ground the appliance will immediately stop working correctly, however the case of the appliance will become electrically live, so both types of hook-ups can have potential problems ]


John L.

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