Replace single-element burner with double-element?

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Old 11-21-09, 10:06 PM
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Replace single-element burner with double-element?

I have an older GE range with single-element burners. The supporting bracket for one of the burners is broken. I happened onto a matching burner, but it has two elements. Can I use this one, connecting the 'hot' lead to both elements? This would put them in parallel.
 
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Old 11-22-09, 05:18 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Short answer, no. The double elements are controlled 1/2 and 1/2 by the control panel. In other words, when you call for high heat, both elements are in use. When a lower heat is called for on a wide pan, the outer element heats, and for a narrower pan, the inner one heats. The receptacle for the double element is twice as wide. I would go with the setup made for the stove for safety's sake. Deals are only deals if you can use them properly.
 
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