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Old GE kettle, rusted coil.

I have an old General Electric (electric) kettle that works very well however the coil at bottom of kettle appears rusted.
Does this pose a health problem?

I have tried boiling with vinegar and water but with no visual improvement.

Please advise.
Thanks, Mary Lou Wayland

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Most likely the thermo fuse is blown.

You have to take the kettle apart and see the spec for the thermo fuse. You can get these at most any electronics parts supplier for appliances.

To change the thermo fuse you will need the proper crimp type connectors and the crimp tool. This is not able to be soldered. It runs too hot, and soldering in a circuit close to a heating element is not able to be used.

Before changing the thermo fuse, you can test it with an ohm meter. It should typicaly read about 0.1 to 0.2 ohms. The heating element resistance should typicaly read about 8 to 12 ohms.

If the heating element reads below 6 to 7 ohms on a well calibrated ohm meter, or above 15 ohms, it is defective.

If the thermo fuse is blown, the kettle may have been left running when boiled out and over heated, or there is a short in the heating element.

If you feel that you are not comfortable to do this type of repair, it would be best to give the kettle out to an appliance service centre to have it serviced.

When you change the thermo fuse, and if it blows again the heating element is probably damaged. It must be replaced if possible, or if worth the cost.

On the other hand, if the kettle is more than a few years old and you don't want to go to all this trouble, you may want to consider to simply get a new one.

Jerry G.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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yes buy you must clean all the oil off first , use 409 spray or something like that , them dry for a day or so . it will be fine . dont give up on that old ge , it will last forever , you will never find a new one sold today thats as good as the one you have there .
good luck

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

cactus bob
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not news to me . i have a repair shop .i have this type come in once and a while . cannot be repaired , no parts made . made in china JUNK ! i would say buy another brand but there all the same . you might try a goodwill or e bay for a nice vintage one and have it forever . good luck

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

cactus bob
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SOURCE: GE Model 168950 Electric Kettle base unit bad

di you try calling GE @ 1800-ge-cares ? dont except much but my parts book only says :PRIVATE BRAND GE , MADE IN CHINA , NO PARTS ORDERED , NO PARTS , 0 IN STOCK ...........

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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Posted on Aug 18, 2009

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