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Upgrading a Wesco electric furnace

John Kogel

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On 12/19/2020 at 7:30 PM, 1942 Handymans Special said:

I went ahead and ordered a Restring Kit 2 elements for ~$30. Only 1 element is broken but I will just replace both.


I will do my best to check back in after I get the parts and install them. 

Finally got the restring kit in. Completed the restring and it is working great (as good as it ever was anyway).
Restringing or rather getting the old elements out was a bit more time consuming than I had anticipated but was not not a difficult task. This is a great lower cost solution. 
The pictures are post restring. 



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For internet's sake/googling help, I am posting this to help anyone else out.

Our 1986 Wesco furnace went out (Model 5131411) the other day and found a broken coil and bad sequencer.

Single coil - 5KW240V, 7434525
Dual coil - 10KW240V, 7434505

Instead of buying a full replacement kit we decided to purchase the restring kit. This is the way to go and should be more well known. I ended up buying 4 coils (2 2-packs) and recoiling all 3 coils since they are 30+ years old. Having a spare one in the end will be a great help in the future.

Restring kit - (2-Pack) Napco 5kW Heater Restring Kit, 240 Volt with Fuse: 

The pictures above are exactly how our coils ended up looking after the recoiling.

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