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JB640DP1WW GE Stove/Range burner wire melted

DudakisPrime

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Hi all, first post! :encouragement:

I have a GE stove (model JB640DP1WW) that was included when I purchased my home in 2011. Range is only about 8 years old. It has a glass top, and one very large burner that I had to replace about a year ago. Just recently, the same burner stopped working again. I thought maybe the replacement part was bad, however upon opening up the range hood today, turns out the wires that connect to it actually melted and singed off the metal connector. I was able to strip some of the wire back and reconnect everything, and the burner works again... but now I am wondering is this a safety hazard? I plan on calling GE tomorrow and seeing what they recommend, but in the meantime I wasn't sure if anybody else has experienced this?

TIA
 

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Dan O.

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I was able to strip some of the wire back and reconnect everything, and the burner works again... but now I am wondering is this a safety hazard?
Not if the repair was done adequately.

If the component terminal (element?) the wire attached onto was also discolored, that component might need to be replaced as well. Discoloration is a sign of heat and heat effects the conductive properties of the metal of the terminal.

A bad connection between the wire and wire terminal or between the wire terminal and component terminal will generate heat and eventually burn again. All affected parts need to be replaced together to permanently correct the condition.

I wasn't sure if anybody else has experienced this?
It happens all the time and it is a common repair, not just on ranges. Anywhere push-on connectors are used, that can occur.

Dan O.
 

DudakisPrime

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Thanks for the quick reply Dan. I stripped back 2 the wires, and I crimped them together into a new terminal connector. Wrapped a little electrical tape around it. Should I take the tape off, if those wires conduct a lot of heat?
 

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DudakisPrime said:
Should I take the tape off, if those wires conduct a lot of heat?
The only heat should be from the elements but I don't think there should be much below the element where the wiring is. I wouldn't have minded seeing the actual wire repair to give my opinion of it.

Was the failure not where the wire actually attached onto the element?

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Charles77

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I think this is the exact problem I've got right now with my GE glass range, but I'm unsure where to find replacement terminal connectors to replace the one that burnt off. Could you offer any advice? Once I get hands on that, the stripping and crimping sounds easy enough.

Thanks!
 

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Charles77 said:
I think this is the exact problem I've got right now

You think or you've inspected it and know for certain?

That is a pretty unusual failure on such a range. I wouldn't suggest you jump to conclusions that it is your cause as well without at least a visual inspection. Such a failure should usually be easy enough to identify.


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I've definitely inspected it. Similar dark markings on the surrounding area, connector snapped off at the point of connection ... End still on the terminal, but split from the wire. Based on the description and visuals here, this seems the same to me. My only hesitation is that I understand there could be something else going on. That said, the conditions seem to be a match.
 

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If the wire connector is burnt off right where it attaches onto a component, the male terminal on that component is usually comprised too. If that terminal is also burnt or discolored and no longer bright silver, that component likely needs to be replaced as well.

Putting a new connector onto the wire but connecting it to a damaged component terminal is usually only a short lived repair. Both component and wire terminal often needs to be replaced to correct the condition for good.

Charles77 said:
My only hesitation is that I understand there could be something else going on.
The only thing that can cause a wire to burn off is a loose connection between the wire and the wire connector, a loose connection between the wire connector and component terminal or a failure of the component that the wire is attached to.

As long as all affected components are corrected/replaced together, that should be all that is required.

Something like these might be required to correct a burnt terminal.

LINK > Wire Splicing Tool

LINK > 1/4" High temperature female wire connectors for 10-12 gauge wire sizes, pack of 20

If the element is required, we'll been your range's exact model number and need to know which element (front, rear, left, right, large, small) is affected.

Dan O.
 
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