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I have a Rival Patton heater IH268. One of the "bolts" that supplies power to the heating element is burned. The element connects directly to this bolt.. It appears to be stainless steel. Is there a replacement or a way to make something else work.. This is a 240 heater, 4000watt.

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  • wigjimmy Jan 30, 2010

    Actually part of the bolt has burned off on the threaded portion. I managed to get the heater working but that bolt needs replacing because It's not long enough now & I am afraid it will give problems.. It isn't a common bolt by any means.. . The head is made up of 2 "discs" with the end of the heating element sandwiched between them & it appears the discs are squeezed onto the end of the element.. I checked Lowes here & they have stainless bolts , etc but I didn't find anything that looked like I could make it work. It is a very good heater other than that one problem..



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The bolt is there to hold the element in contact with the wire that connects the electricity to it. If the connection is not good, it will get hot there instead of in the element, and eventually the connection will get even worse and get hot enough to discolor it.

You could try to take it apart, (make sure you unplug it!!!!) clean off the burned parts, and then connect it back together tightly. If you have an ohmmeter, you can check the element easily. It should be around 14 or 15 ohms. Once you get it cleaned and back together, you should be able to check the resistance between the two hot wires on the plug and get a reading thats not too much higher than what you read on the element itself. Shouldn't be more than an ohm or so more. When you do that, you should also check the metal parts of the heater (not the element, the case or frame) to the ground wire on the plug. The resistance here must be less than one ohm.

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  • San Juan Vet Jan 30, 2010

    If it's held together tightly and the resistance from the plug to the element is less than about a half ohm, it'll work okay. The possible problem is that the connection either has a high resistance and will overheat, or that it is not strong mechanically and will come loose. As long as it's tight and strong mechanically and the resistance is low (should be less than 0.5 ohms), you'll be fine. If you can't measure directly on the connection, look for the resistance from hot to hot on the plug to be less than an ohm higher than the element resistance as measured directly on the ends of the element. This can be higher since you'll have to go through the thermostat and switch.



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