Burnt Sylvania Breaker- Can't find a replacement

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Old 11-10-14, 04:17 PM
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Burnt Sylvania Breaker- Can't find a replacement

Hello everyone.

My dryer wasn't working right, sometimes it would dry the clothes sometimes it wouldn't heat the coils. After I repaired it several times, I decided to get a new washer and dryer set and take advantage of the Veterans Day sales. They dropped of the washer/dryer set and the new dryer won't turn on.

It turns out after some investigation, the breaker is burnt up. I pulled it and home depot or lowes does not carry it, since it is not made anymore. Is there a cross reference for this part? Where can I find a new one?

Will my laundry ever get done?

The only marking on it are "GTE Sylvania" "40C"

Thank you for the help in advance.
 
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Old 11-10-14, 04:47 PM
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Try an electrical supply house. You can't expect Home Depot or Lowes to have everything.
 
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Old 11-10-14, 05:08 PM
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Figured it out. For anyones future reference it is a Eason Type BR. Sold and home depot or lowes.
 
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Sure your panel is not one of the ones that where recalled because of the breaker burning up instead of tripping?
How to Identify Zinsco & GTE Sylvania-Zinsco Electrical Panels & Circuit Breakers
 
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Old 11-11-14, 10:15 AM
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Sylvania made a more conventional type aluminum bus loadcenter (later became Challenger), which you obviously have, before they bought Zinsco. Yes, the Eaton/Cutler-Hammer BR series breaker would be the correct replacement. The folks at both Lowes and Home Depot SHOULD have known this, but unfortuneately those stores sometimes have employess that know where everyting is, but not the proper applications.

Sure your panel is not one of the ones that where recalled because of the breaker burning up instead of tripping?
How to Identify Zinsco & GTE Sylvania-Zinsco Electrical Panels & Circuit Breakers
The Zinsco style GTE Sylvania breaker never had a problem tripping, but they did have a problem with burning up at the bus connection. They are definitely a fire hazard. They were never recalled. It was Federal Pacific that had problems with SOME of their breakers not tripping. Federal Pacific plug-in breakers were never recalled either, but some Federal Pacific industrial 600 volt rated breakers were recalled in 1982 or '83 and replaced with GE breakers by Toledo Scale technicians, a sister company.
 
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