1960 Vintage GE Wall Oven Broiler element

JamesZ

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Model Number: J752T1BC
Brand: GE
Age: More than 10 years

I have an old (~1960) wall oven that's overall in pretty good shape, it does work but needs some repair, and I'm having some serious difficulty finding parts for it.

The most important thing I need to fix is the broil element. The element itself may be bad, or it may be fine. But the socket it plugs into is unusable - one of the terminals is pretty much gone. I'm guessing the terminals got loose over time until the connection got bad and started arcing. I know the broil element is WB45X56, which it looks like I can get for $75 (or $50 more than basically every other GE element), but I can't find any reference at all for the terminal block it slides into. My question is, does anyone know either the part number and a source for that terminal block, or know of a different newer/more common element of the same wattage that I can easily retrofit?

The other important part is the oven control. It's weird, it works but it doesn't... It properly controls the modes of the oven, but when it's off the two red lights still come on (one stays on, the other depends on where the temp knob is set). Elements don't turn on when it's off, just the lights. Either way, we've been turning it on and off at the breaker, and I'd like to not have to do that. I've found a lot of very similar switches, but they all seem to have fewer terminals on them. The one in there now is a WB22X28, is there another switch that would be compatible since it doesn't look like this one's available anywhere?

I would also like to get the rotisserie spit and meat thermometer probe, but I know the odds of finding either are slim...

If anyone has any tips, thanks in advance!

PS: bonus points for anyone who can find an actual parts diagram for this oven :3:
 

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Sentimental value or can't find an oven to fit in the same space? How about a few pictures?
 

Dan O.

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bonus points for anyone who can find an actual parts diagram for this oven
I doubt you'll find anything like that on-line. There might be a slim chance of finding a paper copy of the parts list or its service manual up for auction.

[the oven control] works but it doesn't... It properly controls the modes of the oven, but when it's off the two red lights still come on (one stays on, the other depends on where the temp knob is set). Elements don't turn on when it's off, just the lights.
There were often separate contacts used in the switches for the indicator lights. Those switch contacts may be shorted while the other switch contacts remain functioning. That would usually require the whole switch to be replaced.

The [switch] in there now is a WB22X28, is there another switch that would be compatible since it doesn't look like this one's available anywhere?
The latest replacement for that switch was # WB22X5139. Unfortunately it is discontinued as well. It replaced part numbers WB22X28, WB22X29, WB22X5005, WB22X5008, WB22X5016, WB22X5020 and WB22X5021. If you can locate any of those parts, they might be able to be used on your range. (Note: the shaft lengths might vary)

LINK > Original GE Selector Switches Replaced by WB22X5139

I can't find any reference at all for the terminal block it slides into. My question is, does anyone know either the part number and a source for that terminal block
I don't see an element receptacle listed for that model either. Once upon a time there was a popular element receptacle # WB17X105 that received a 3-prong element unit (2 line wires and 1 ground). It has long since been discontinued but you can find a couple listed at the following link:

LINK > GE Broil Element Receptacle # WB17X105

I also just seen this one for the first time that accepts only a 2-prong element element.

LINK > GE Stratoliner broil element receptacle block

Dan O.
 
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