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nylicens
1962 GE range - is it safe to use?

The wife fell in love with a pink 1962 GE range. We bought it and when we got it home I saw a notice on the wiring diagram (glued on the back) that you should only replace element wiring with asbestos insulated wire. Does this mean we have to worry about the oven insulation containing asbestos or only the wire?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: 1962 GE range - is it safe to use?

High temperature wiring use to have asbestos insulation, newer high temp wiring doesn't. That, however, should no be a problem unless you rewire the unit. If you rewire, the old wiring needs to be disposed of properly, but the chance of asbestos contamination is very slight.

Jack

dj1
Re: 1962 GE range - is it safe to use?

Is the insulation falling apart?

nylicens
Re: 1962 GE range - is it safe to use?
dj1 wrote:

Is the insulation falling apart?

As far as I can tell, the box insulation is pinkish beige and looks solid. Not sure whether we should refurbish the elements and replace the wiring (tho I'm sure it couldn't hurt). Wife is worried about the box insulation being asbestos.

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