I am looking for replacement oven elements that would get the output
on 208V close(r) to the standard elements at 240V. Model is JBP90B. So
far, I've found nothing.
Failing that, what is the viability of using a transformer? I've read
about "buck boosts," but apparently the sizing and wiring aren't
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That is part of the full model#. 2 that I found....
Neither listed 208 volt elements in the parts breakdowns but GE -may-
have something for them....have you asked them?
Need a Manufactures phone#...some common ones are on this page in
Appliance Repair Aid
Haven't found any 280V elements available, and after giving it
some thought, I can understand why. If the range were fitted
with 208V bake and broil elements, and was later sold to
someone who used it on 240V, GE wouldn't want the liability.
I wouldn't either.
Hope that's of some help.
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The whole thing stinks. Sort of like buying a car rated at 200HP, but
only 150HP on the grade of available fuel. Surprised class action
lawyers haven't worked themselves into a tizzy like they did over
Anyhow, Mom is following up with building maintenance to see what
other people are doing. She also told me her friends have had motors
in major appliances burn out after four years. I can't imagine why.
Years ago when I was doing apartments with a 3phase 208 volt service, we
would use 2 phases for each apartment. Water heaters, and the ranges were an
issue for like 20 minutes. It will run just fine with 208, just will not get
as hot. There are thousands of apartments like this all over Phoenix. No
"[J]ust will not get as hot" is the key. You're cutting output 25%. It
lenghtens warmup and makes broiling less effective. The stove
obviously doesn't matter, unless you boil lots of water.
BTW, this is my mother's range. She moved to an apartment building
from a 240V house and has been disappointed and vocal about the oven,
especially since she likes to cook. Took me a little while to figure
out what was going on. I ASSumed retrofit elements were available, but
haven't found any yet.
Remember that the elements are actively thermostatically controlled, meaning
for the most part, the duty cycle just goes up a bit and yields exactly the
same temperature in the end. For baking, it ain't going to make a difference.
A trifle slower on warmup. May make little difference with broiling.
It may more be a difference in the appliance than the voltage.
For the most part, stoves are sold as being compatible with both
240V and 208V. Dryers too. Which means that 208V-specific elements
are going to be very hard to find.
A transformer for that wattage is going to be expensive and large.
You could buck-boost even with that neutral, but you'd have to rewire
the stove _itself_ so that it only applies to the elements. Yuck.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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