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Old 2014-09-25, 8:05am
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Question HOT Kiln Plug??

hey everyone, just curious i know iv read it in the manual of my f-130 paragon kiln that the plug is not supposed to get hot. it can get warm, but iv touched it and its more then warm. any ideas? perhaps the outlet is warn out? or is this a kiln issue? any help would be awsome!
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Old 2014-09-25, 9:49am
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Check in the manual on the amount of amperage the kiln takes. Then check the circuit breaker to see if they match or are at least close.
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Old 2014-09-25, 10:10am
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Old 2014-09-25, 10:14am
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Also check to see if a lot of appliances are on that circuit and are being used the same time as the kiln.

If that plug gets to hot the circuit should shut itself down.
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Old 2014-09-25, 1:10pm
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Looks like it is rated at 2400 watts. At 120 VAC that would require a 20 amp circuit which is at the upper end of the circuit's capacity.

Looks like the unit has a molded on plug. If it did not, then one could disassemble the power cord plug and tighten the wire hold down screws. If the plug is at fault, then cut it off and replaced with a better made and rated plug.

The plug should fit into your outlet firmly and not wiggle around. A poor connection at that location could also account for the generation of heat. Especially if the outlet has been in service for 20 - 30 years and has a lot of use.

Check your circuit breaker and make sure that it is rated at 20 amps. Most housing circuits are, but some are only rated at 15 amps with a number 14 wire in place of 12.

As indicated above, your kiln is at the maximum current permitted by your circuit breaker assuming a 20 amp circuit. Check with Paragon and ask about the issue and what their definition of warm is.
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Old 2014-09-26, 11:42am
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Hey everyone, just curious I know I've read it in the manual of my f-130 Paragon kiln that the plug is not supposed to get hot. It can get warm, but I've touched it and it's more then warm. Any ideas? Perhaps the outlet is warn out?
You are a good kiln operator. If you are aware of the cord temperature, you likely also take good care of your kiln. A hot plug indicates that the connection between the wall outlet and the cord prongs is weak. I would replace the cord set and the wall outlet. You should definitely not fire a kiln that has a hot plug.

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Arnold Howard
Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
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Old 2014-09-27, 5:26pm
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your kiln is pulling to many amps for the breaker.

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