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My vintage GE range/oven is model #J487E1WH. My lower bake

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My vintage GE range/oven is model #J487E1WH. My lower bake element won't heat because the rheostat it plugs into (part #WB24X190) shorted out. I am desperate to find another. I understand GE no longer makes this rheostat. Do you know where I can get a used one? Perhaps some business that parts out old GE oven parts? Thank you very much. Susan
Submitted: 4 years ago via PartSelect.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  John replied 4 years ago.

Your best source for a replacement part is a motor rebuild shop. They should be able to match your rheostat.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
This is helpful to a point. The rheostat disintegrated when it shorted out. There is nothing to rebuild; I have nothing left. I appreciate the lead to contact a motor rebuild shop, but I think I'm going to need a lead to a collector who has a similiar range to part out. Does that sound like the most likely source for this scarce part?
Expert:  John replied 4 years ago.

Rheostats are still used as current controllers in motor control circuits. Since they're just a coiled wire with a sliding wiper, you should be able to find a suitable replacement. Another source I've though of is Grainger Supply.

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