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Blowing Fuse on an Electric Stove Circuit


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Electrical Repair for Replacing Fuses for a Electric Stove or Oven Circuit


Fuses and Electric Stove Circuits

 Electrical Stove Repair Question
I live in an older house that is still serviced by fuses versus circuit breakers. Last night we came home from work to find the digital clock on our electric stove was off. After monkeying with it for a moment, I found that if I turned on a burner the digital clock would start to flash “12″ but nothing would heat up. I thought that the stove may be failing but after some wrangling I moved the stove into the laundry room and the electric dryer into the kitchen; the stove worked fine on the dryer outlet but the dryer didn’t work on the stove outlet.

I went to the basement and pulled the cartridge out that holds the fuses for the stove to find one of the two 60-amp fuses was bad. I replaced them, the stove came on and everything seemed fine; I cooked dinner and went on my merry way.

My son just called me to tell me the stove is doing the same thing; appears to be dead but if you turn the burner on the digital clock flashes 12:00. I’m guessing I’m going to go home and find one of the two fuses in the cartridge are again bad.

I’m trying to figure out if the issue is being cause by the stove or the circuit. The stove was plugged into the outlet for close to 12 hours before it (I assume) blew again. So on my way home from work I’m going to grab a 2-pack of fuses, replace them again and see what happens.

So my question is two-fold, I’m trying to determine if this is being caused by the stove or a fault in the circuit. The stove is on its own circuit and this is happening when the stove isn’t in use. Have you ever heard of a stove failing this way?

And second, should I be using the heavy-duty 60-amp fuses in the pull-out cartridge, or are regular 60-amp fuses sufficient?

This electrical question came from: Clay, a Homeowner from Chenango Forks, New York.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Repairs Question Clay.

Replacing Fuses for a Electric Stove Circuit

  • Clay, replacement fuses for an electric stove or oven should always be the same size as the original fuse which should be matched to the size, type and rating of the  electrical circuit wire.
  • The stove wiring should be examined as well as the heating elements for possible damage which may require replacement or repairs.

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2 Responses to “Blowing Fuse on an Electric Stove Circuit”
  1. ruth says:

    Should the circuit breaker box get extremely hot, so hot that you cannot remove the amp fuse that is blown? It gets so hot that you need a cloth to remove the amp fuse.
    Thank you ahead of time for your reply.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Excessive heat from an electrical device may be an indication that the device, or in this case, the circuit, may not be wired correctly, or circuit components may be not be rated properly.

      Overheating may be a result of a loose or faulty electrical connection of the wiring, or the fuse circuit breaker components within the panel structure.

      If the circuit wiring is not sized correctly, or if the fuse is rated at a higher amperage this can result in overheating. Overheated circuit components can eventually lead to circuit component breakdown, circuit failure, and most importantly this could also create a fire hazard as well.

      It may be best to have a qualified electrician evaluate the circuit and make the appropriate corrections as needed.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave


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