Wiring Connections When Replacing an Oven
How do I connect the bare copper wire from the wall to the oven wires? How to Identify the Oven Wires when Replacing an Oven: Connecting the Electric Wires for an Oven.
Oven Circuit Wiring
Electrical Question: How do I connect the bare copper wire from the wall to the oven wires?
- I’m replacing a wall oven and microwave in a house built in 1979. The wire from the wall is white,black, bare copper.
- The wire from the new appliance is white,black,red, and bare copper.
- The diagram in the manual shows the black wires connected, the red wires connected and the two whites and the ground wire from the appliance connected under the screw connecting the junction box to the wall.
- My question is whether I am connecting the bare copper wire from the wall to the red wire of the appliance as it would seem from the diagram.
This electrical wiring question came from: Stephen of Spring, Texas.
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Connecting the Wires for an Oven
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill, auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
How to Identify Oven Wiring for a Replacement Oven
- In many homes that are built around the same age as this one the electrical wiring mat not have been identified as it is now required.
- Many 240 volt circuits were installed without the a separate neutral wire because it was not required at that time.
- The 240 volt circuit cable was typically a 2-wire with a ground which was a black, white and bare ground as described in this question.
- The white wire of this circuit is most likely the second hot of 120 volts, not a neutral so it should not be bonded with the ground wire.
- The existing circuit wiring may be positively identified by using a voltage tester which should reveal 240 volts between the black wire and the white wire, which in this case the white wire of the oven circuit should be identified with black or red electrical tape or permanent marker which is now required by the NEC Electrical Code. The following information describes detailed wiring for a new replacement oven.
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