120v Oven power wire connector melted and shorted out. Was going to splice the wires together with high temperature wire nut, but found that internal oven power wires are aluminum and the power cord wires are copper. Oven wire sheathing has 150*C temperature rating. What high temperature, aluminum to copper connectors exist?
I have a GE model J2B912SEK2SS oven that uses 120v power. Was using the oven when arcing started to occur behind the oven. I unplugged the oven, took off the back plates and found this: https://i.stack.imgur.com/fqFBM.jpg (scroll down and see all 3 pics)
I read that corrosion just happens over time which increases resistance which increases heat which probably melted the connector. I figured I could just cut that melted connector out and wire-nut the wires together. So I bought some high temp 150*C wire nuts and they finally got here today. I cut the melted connector out, stripped the wires about 7/16", and noticed that the RED oven internal wire (pictured in link above) is aluminum. Power wire is copper. Argh.
Then I started going down the copper+aluminum connector rabbit hole and read about some options that appear are NOT going to work for me:
- Purple Wire nuts specifically for aluminum to copper connections. Can't use these because they're only rated to 105*C
- AlumiConn connector. Can't use this because it is also only rated to 105*C
- Squirt some anti-oxidation paste inside the wire nut -- Don't want to use this because it seems super sketchy. This wire obviously gets hot and from what I've read, aluminum and copper expanding at different rates inside a wire nut is not good.
So I'm reaching out to people smarter than me to figure out what I can do here. I'd like to avoid buying a new oven if possible, but if it means that I don't have to worry about starting my home on fire then maybe I will go that route. Thanks all!
Wire has "3321" written on it, which according to HERE is a "Fully annealed tinned copper, flexible stranding". Which I think is great news! Will I be okay with just a high temperature wire nut, taped up liberally around where it touches the sheet metal?