How to wire a range for 3-wire and 4-wire cords
By Dave Rongey - Summary:
Wiring an Electric Range or Stove Circuit and Cord: 3-Wire and 4-Wire Cord Connections for an Electric Range or Freestanding Stove, Connecting the Ground Wire, Installing a New Circuit for an Electric Range.
Guide to Wiring an Electric Range Circuit and Cord
- Stove Stopped Working
- This stove worked inside the house, but it doesn’t work out in the garage.
- Installed New Range Circuit
- I installed a new circuit to the electrical panel, used 6 gauge wire, the same as the other stove and installed a 40amp breaker.
- Testing the Circuit Wiring
- I test the wiring and it’s hot, but I still have issue at the range.
- 3-Wire Range Cord
- The 3-wire cord is all grey, middle cord is assumed to be the neutral. I’m I missing something?
- There is no ground wire.
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Application: Wiring an Electric Range or Stove
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the available access to the range cord electrical connection box.
Precaution: Identify the range circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the range cord wiring.
3-Wire and 4-Wire Cord Connections for an Electric Range or Freestanding Stove
- Connecting the Ground Wire
- It is essential to appropriately bond the ground wire in both 3-wire and 4-wire configurations for an electric range.
- Locating the Ground Terminal
- Consult the installation manual that came with your range for the specific instructions and location of the grounding terminal.
- Control Panel Display
- The control panel of the newer 4-wire stoves and ranges require both a separate neutral wire and a ground wire.
- If you are installing a new circuit for an electric range it is always best to install a 4-wire circuit.
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