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Old 05-17-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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Magic Chef Oven - wiring question

OK, I have done a very thorough search for the thermostat for our Magic Chef oven with no luck. It is the model BT22JA-4TVX-M3 and no appliance parts places (online, by phone or local shops) can get the part . It looks like we need to order a new model to our dismay since we put alot of work into the old one to clean it up.

My question is the old oven had 2 wires (red and white) that connected to it. Does anyone know (don't have a voltmeter handy) if these wires are DC or AC? I think they are DC since AC should be 3 wires with ground but not sure.

The newer Amana oven that will fit the cabinet has need for a 120V plug which, if the 2 wires are DC, will mean running a new line for AC under the cabinet.

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Old 05-17-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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Thermostat? Gas valve!

Can you post a picture of the part you need. I recently removed a Magic Chef Oven from my '74 Argosy. It's (the part you need) yours for the price of shipping if the one I have will work. Let me know. I don't know if it works, I remove the unit because of all the cosmetic problems with it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Twinkie. That would be great if it is the same one. The picture below shows the part. It is the controls knob for the oven (the whole housing behind as well) and there is also a copper wire that runs across the stove pan and into the oven. It is all one piece. If the copper wire is broken, it is no good (that is why I took ours apart).

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This is the unit (be it in many pieces) minus the copper wire after taking it apart:
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Twinkie,
Actually, the wife and I talked it over and it is probably better to go ahead and bite the bullet and get a new oven. One reason is if we cut the countertop for the old one to hook it up to the gas and it still doesn't work, we may have too big of a hole in the countertop for a new one. Also, since it is working with gas, a new one will be safer than one 30 years old. We had been looking at a new Magic Chef for $299 and an Amana for $399 that is close to the same size. We really appreciate the offer though.

If anyone needs parts from our Magic Chef, you can have them for the price of shipping. Most of it is in really good shape since we renovated it (the broiler pan will stay with us though). The porceline top is in excellent shape, the burners on top were re-painted with high heat paint and we have all of the burner clips, the grill tray thing inside was wire-brushed so rust free, the original handle is in good shape but is plastic.





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You are welcome. It looks like the same gas valve/thermostat as the one in my oven. I don't see the 2 wires you were refering to either. If there is someone out there that takes your unit, I will have this one around here for a while, but not forever. It also has pretty good looking burner tubes.
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