I have a Hotpoint RK38T electric oven with a 3410 W broil element and 16 awg 125 C wire connection to one side of the element.
The wire to the broil element melted at the connector. See image of connector and wire.
The wire melted at the same point in March 2018, after 36 years of use. See image of connector. I could not find a duplicate of the original connector. I replaced the connector with a high-temperature ring connector.
What caused the wire to get hot enough to melt? How do I prevent this from happening again?
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