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Deep-fryer thermostat Yesterday I replaced the thermostat in my wife's deep fryer with an American Range, model E-289. When I turned it on, there was a brief flash and it wouldn't get hot. It's wired correctly I assume, unless it makes a difference on which wire goes from the thermostat to the heating element. Is it possible that this E-289 is a 110V unit? I ordered it online, and the people there couldn't tell me what the voltage rating was, and I assumed it was designed for 220 Volts. I cannot find any specs for it online. Do you know? Another thing; if the heating element is shot, or shorted out, will that cause the thermostat to short out also? Help!!

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  • kervin623 Jan 17, 2009

    hkarameh,

    Now I know the problem. I ordered that thermostat in a great rush, and that was my mistake. Let me rephrase that. My messing with it was the mistake. I'm a damn bee-keeper, not an electrician.

    Anyway, after I took it out and replaced it with a used one that my son-in-law had found, I took it apart to see if I could tell what the hell had happened to it.

    Aha!

    I saw a very small fuse/capacitor/thermocouple, whatever, located between the prongs that close/open the circuit to the heat element. The fuse thingy appeared to be still good, but the wire that connected it to the prongs was blackened, and about 1/8" was gone.

    After that, my curiosity really got riled up, and I kept web-searching until I found a clue. It seems that the American Range thermostat model E289 that I tried to install is designed for a "millivolt system" only. Whatever the hell that is.

    My next mission is to try and find some literature about how this type of TS works, because I could see nothing connecting the power to the contacts that tell the element to switch on/off.

    Interesting stuff.

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What kind of fryer are you working on? American Range only manufactures commercial gas fryers. An American Range fryer thermostat is designed to work with a thermopile and a millivolt gas valve, 1500 mV maximum and almost no amperage. The American range thermostat is part number A50400. I can't find any reference to Model E-289 associated with American Range. The only residential products they make are ranges, cooktops, and wall ovens.

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It is possible that the heater is shortened and it burns thermostat. Thermostat's are usually bimetal type mounted on ceramic so voltage does not matter a much.

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