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    On stove with the coil burners, do the burners with the smaller but more turns pull more wattage than the the ones with wider but less turns?

    I always thought the the smaller ones with more turns were higher rated when it to wattage.

    If I remember correctly Jeff, some years back I posted about switching some that blew the infinite switches out. Seems it was the post of the week at that time. If you remember, after I switched the burners, none would come on until I turned them all on. I think I said I figured they were getting powewr through the light circuit that tells you the eyes were on like in series.

    The reason I ask is I told a guy I might have some burners that fit his Frigidare stove. Now I am thinking I might need to know which burners it had in it and not assume these will work just because the fit the receptical the same way. I'm thinking you can replace one with the other but not the other way around.

    In other words, I'm thinking the higher wattage burners can be replaced with the lower wattage rated burners but not the opposite or you risk blowing all the infinite switches.

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    Hey Rick,

    In other words, I'm thinking the higher wattage burners can be replaced with the lower wattage rated burners but not the opposite or you risk blowing all the infinite switches.
    That can be true.

    If I remember correctly Jeff, some years back I posted about switching some that blew the infinite switches out.
    Then your memory has gotten better with time.....mine has not!

    On stove with the coil burners, do the burners with the smaller but more turns pull more wattage than the the ones with wider but less turns?
    I'd say most times, yes, but not always true.
    One big thing to remember is many switches today are amperage or wattage sensitive and switching elements around willy nilly can cause issues.

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    Using one of these with a small element would not work properly....but I doubt using a large 2100 watt or large 2500 watt element wouldn't make much of a difference with these 2 switch, both would likely work ok.

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    Using one of these with a large element would not work properly....but I doubt using a small 1100 watt or small 1500 watt element wouldn't make much of a difference with these 2 switch, both would likely work ok.

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    When you refer to small and large, do you mean 6" and 8" or the ones with a few turns and ones with more turns?

    P.S. Yeah I remember that. I shot ALL the switches by installing the wrong burners. Not sure of the name of the forum but ..Joe was there and it seems like there was a Fixer on it too. Loong time ago.
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    do you mean 6" and 8"
    6" and 8"
    Utility elements which often have 3 turns on small and 4 on large are just a cheaper verion than the "regular" element which will have 4 or 5 turns. I try to stay away from the utility style elements and use what I consider as the better/regular style element.

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    Okay, so the number of turns has little bearing on the amperage/wattage?

    Sometimes I try to find the rating somewhere on the burner itself, but they are usually used. If the rating is on them, I can't see it.
    Just to be clear, I was referring to swapping say a 6' 3 turn with a 6" with more turns.

    Thanks.

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    Okay, so the number of turns has little bearing on the amperage/wattage?
    It probably does, but not enough to matter much.

    Sometimes I try to find the rating somewhere on the burner itself, but they are usually used. If the rating is on them, I can't see it.
    Yah, usually written on the element support webbing...but it is difficult to see once the element has been used.

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