I have a glasstop Frigidaire stove, model number fefl68gma. The terminal block on the left side, black wire, has melted away from the block. From what I have been reading, there must have been a loose connection. My terminal block looks different than the one pictured for my replacement part. I had six places for wires and yours only has 3. Would it be ok to connect the wires from the plug to these as well? They would have a tighter connection. They were connected with screws on my terminal block, and I tried to tighten them as tight as I could, however, they seemed like they were to long or something. They would not tighten down all the way. What would you suggest I do? None of my plug wires are melted. Would you recommend I get a new one? I guess you're referring to them as pigtails. It just has a little melted plastic on it. Could I sand that off? Please help!
The terminals will not tighten up because the heat produced by the loose connection has ruined the threads on the terminal block screws. The terminal block will have to be replaced. The difference in the old terminal block and the new one is not an issue. Just attach the wires on the left connections to the single left terminal, the wires to the center connections to the single center terminal, and the same for the right. Just be sure not to cross any of the wires. The important part of the power cord connection is that the discoloration should be sanded away to expose shiny metal and the crimp connection to the eyelet should not be too brittle. If it is so brittle that the wires are cracking when it bends, the power cord, (pigtail), should be replaced to prevent the creation of a fire hazard.
As another note, you will notice that the new terminal block comes with six nuts and six washers. When you get the terminal block mounted, you put the wires from the unit on the terminal block and then the flat washer then the first nut. The pigtail is then attached to the terminal block with the "curved" washer and second nut. This is how Underwriters' Laboratory has approved the installation of the cord. This way, if the cord, (pigtail), has to be replaced again in the future, the units' wiring does not have to be removed and a wire cannot slip off unnoticed. Only the pigtail wires can come off with the first nuts' removal.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Friday, October 05, 2012