| "The reason for allowing these appliances to be grounded by connecting them to | the circuit neutral is that the circuit is usually short [no pun there, I think | ;-] and the groundED neutral conductor is large enough to provide against it | being broken. On such equipment if the neutral were broken, the equipment would | usually become inoperative and it would be necessary to have repairs made before | operation could be resumed."
I've seen 2 cases of broken neutral on a stove circuit. In one case a light over the bar was attached to the stove circuit. The light changed in brightness with the variations in heat setting for the stove elements. The stove elements actually did work if enough were turned on. People might not quickly recognize it as "inoperative", but rather, as "operating funny". The fact that this light WAS on the stove circuit helped to see the situation which might have gone unrecognized for a while (because it actually was "operating funny" for a while).
In the 2nd case I saw, the open neutral was in the stove plug itself. Eventually the clock on the stove quit because the magic smoke got out.
| Of course, as my luck would probably have had it, about a millisecond after the | neutral opened (as the sine wave peaks, of course) is just when I would've | dumped the large kettle of water down thru the elements while reaching over to | the sink to turn off the faucet :( The nice large wires and the nice large | breaker they were on probably helped reveal the fact that now I was THE groundED | conductor.
It could have been broken long before. If the stove had 240 volt elements, you might not know. I'd rather have a stove with everything designed for
240 volts, period. One designed to be functional and properly safe on both North American and European electrical systems would do the job. Control circuits can be made for 240 volts, and would need to be in Europe unless a transformer is used (and one might well be to get it to some other voltage for today's digital circuits, anyway).