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Author Topic: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?  (Read 185 times)

Offline andersenappliance

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Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:46:48 PM »
I'm posting this in the service tech forum 'cause I don't want to confuse newbees.  (yes, I'm already confused.)

There are different infinite switches for 6" and 8" elements, and it has to do with wattage (i.e.1250W vs. 2100W).

It would seem to be a bad idea to put a 1250W switch for an 8" element, but would a 2100W work with a 6" element?

Would it just  be overkill, or would it interfere with the proper working of the 6" element?


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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 10:46:28 PM »
Never tried it but I would expect that neither would cycle correctly without the correct switch installed.

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 11:11:50 PM »
There are two kinds of infinite switches. Current sensitive and voltage sensitive. Different size burners draw different levels of current so that is why you have to install the right switch. I mostly see these on whirlpool ranges. The universal type that come with the adaptors are voltage sensitive and can be used on any burner.

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 11:15:13 PM »
From what I understand, the bi metal switch is sized for a particular burner size. I would not substitute.  :D

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 01:35:25 AM »
The burner switches should not be changed.   I am all for finding suitable substitutes,   but in the past when I have used the universals,   they don't always act right.    They are sized to the burners for a reason,  and when your dealing with 220 volts going into the switch,   I always use the switch that is called for that particular burner.    Not to mention the cheesy universal shaft adaptors.    They do not always line up the knobs correctly.     I will only use them when I call up and normal switch is discontinued or NLA>    Like on some real,  old cooktops.   
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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013, 12:16:03 PM »
The 5500-200 and 5500-202 universal infinite switch used for 6 & 8  inch.

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 12:19:47 PM »
I use nothing but the 5500-200 & 5500-202 in all applications (other than smooth top). If you notice and order a switch for a GE or Frigidare stove,99% of the time it's a 5500-200 in a GE or Frigidare bag.

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013, 12:31:47 PM »
Good to know Harold and oldstoveguy.

I have always used the original factory replacement infinite switches too except when NLA.

The few times I have had to use a universal infinite switch I never paid all that much attention to the part numbers on them.

I will be ordering two of each to stock on my truck now, thanks!  O0

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2013, 03:48:53 PM »
I use the universal switches for almost every stove, even the glass tops. I don't like using them on cooktops where they tend to get bumped and the shaft gets broken. I buy whatever is the lowest price.  GE, WB21X5243 has the lowest cost for me at $13.29. Whirlpool, 4391989 is $14.99, 5500-200 is $17.99.

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Re: Infinite Switches : difference between 6" & 8" ?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013, 08:25:02 PM »
That is very good information.  Thanks to everyone.

I'm looking at truck stock, and I am finding that the similarities in appearance is very common. 

I'd rather keep the stock minimal, and use more on the side of universal parts, plus I'd also like to know what I can "get away with."

Its not so much to save money, but to know more about what I am doing, as well as be a bit more organized.

Thanks again for the info.

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