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Vintage 1960's GE P7 Model: J 4790L2W8


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#1 Baphomet777

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Posted 14 April 2007 - 07:50 AM

***EDIT*** The model # in the subject line was mis-keyed. model # listed below has been corrected. The model # above should read: J 4790L2WH. Apologies... ***/EDIT***

1960(ish) GE P7 (P*7) electric dual oven standalone range

Model #: J 4790L2WH

15.8 kw

Serial #: GL237559

History:

My old POS range recently died and I decided to drag this HEAVY monstrosity into my kitchen from my garage where it had been stored for the better part of 5 years. I fired it up first to make sure everything was working before I committed myself to 2 cans of oven cleaner and an entire days worth of blood, sweat and beers (My sister took really good care of it, but it was never cleaned before putting it into storage). To my surprise and much delight, everything worked, so I prayed to the beer gods for plentiful harvest and received a 12 pack of the good stuff for my journey into the depths unknown.


Problem:

1.) I sprayed, then drank, read some news, drank some more and then cleaned and  drank some more until I was, err... IT was *SHINY-PURTY* new. Then I fired it up... Everything was golden until I turned off the oven and switched to broil. The indicator light when the oven was on *WAS* working fine until I switched it to broil. The indicator light came on for a brief second or two and then went out. I tried switching back to oven but the light never came back on -- I left the oven on for about 5 minutes to make sure that it wasn't just the light, but alas, no juice to the elements (both oven and broil). I tried switching it to "Clean" and a fan kicked on, the P7 Oven Cleaning panel lit up the "Locked" indicator and nothing more happened.

2.) While cleaning, I noted that the locking mechanism on the door won't engage. It will slide to the "Cook" position but not engage the lock and will partially slide into "Clean" position but not engage and lock the door. I attempted to determine how to get the range top to open to examine the locking mechanism but couldn't figure out how to lift it. I eventually decided to try the back of the unit, but after about 8 screws and 2 panels, it still wasn't obvious how to get the top open. I discovered a Wiring Schematic, but that was about as helpful as an instruction assembly manual written in Mandarin.

Any chance you guys happen to have a manual and exploded parts diagram of this unit? Any thoughts on where to start with the element and/or getting the top lifted?

Thanks in advance!!!


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Posted 14 April 2007 - 10:14 PM

The first and most important task will be to make sure you didn't somehow, (without realizing it), push one of the clock buttons that would put it in a timed bake/broil mode.

If not that, sometimes those old ranges had screw-in fuses in them, (look over the schematic and see if you see anything that looks like it might be a fuse).

And also check your house circuit breaker to make sure it didn't trip.
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Posted 15 April 2007 - 01:06 AM

this model may have a manual push buttom locking solenoid --  located on console--you'll  have to push  while moving latch handle to lock /unlock- listen for buzz/clunk--also check door may also have a sliding window sheild-  I  hope mice haven't set up house keeping in the oven liner.

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