Question about Star 515ED Deep Fryer
Hi - It sounds like you might not be providing the proper electrical requirements to the fryer. The 515ED is rated for either 208 or 240 VAC. When connected to a 208 VAC supply, it will require 16.6 Amps to produce the rated 3455 Watts of heat. When connected to a 240 VAC supply, it will require 19.2 Amps to produce the rated 4600 Watts of heat. Either 208 VAC or 240 VAC supplies would require a 30 amp circuit with #10 gauge copper wires at minimum - but even larger if the appliance had more than 50 - 100 feet of wire between the electrical panel and the appliance itself. The smaller wire over a longer distance would heat up robbing the appliance of the required power to run at full rating - that is why the size of the wire would be increased.
If the appliance name plate data is not visible or unavailable, you may not have realized that it requires 208 or 240 volts, and connected it to a 120 VAC supply instead. Ohms Law says when you double the voltage, you quadruple the watts. So, like wise supplying 1/2 the voltage would cause the wattage to fall to just 25%. In this case 850 watts (at 208 VAC) or 1150 watts (at 240 VAC) - both are significantly less than a typical blow dryer or toaster (which clock in at around 1800 watts).
The other issue is the potential for the previous owner(s) changing the heater elements to some value significantly lower than the originals (for who knows what reasons). Without knowing the history of the appliance, it is a little difficult to know for sure without obtaining the part numbers or electrical ratings of the heaters.
I hope this helps and good luck. Please rate my reply. Thanks.
Posted on May 25, 2011
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