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3Wire and 4Wire Kitchen Range and Stove Circuits Video

How can a stove be connect to a 3-wire outlet? 3Wire and 4Wire Range and Stove Circuits, Wiring 3 prong and 4 prong Range Cords.

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Electrical Project #1: My contractor is using a 6/2 with ground cable to wire my cooking range.

This electrical wiring question came from Jacqueline, a Handy-woman in Illinois.

Dave’s Reply: Installing a separate neutral wire for a new range circuit should not be installed by itself, and the time and expense it would take would be counter productive. The right way would be to have the contractor install the 6/3 cable.

Electrical Project #2: How can a stove be connect to a 3-wire outlet?

I have an older home and I would like to make some changes with the kitchen stove wiring. Here is an explanation of what I would like to do:

Can this GFCI outlet be upgraded to the 3 wire 125/250 volt outlet I purchased?

There are two connectors for hot wires and one marked white.
I’m confused! Help!

This electrical wiring question came from: Tom in Missouri.

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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tom.

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3Wire and 4Wire Range and Stove Circuits

  1. Kitchen GFCI outlets are generally used for counter top receptacle outlets for small appliances and cannot be adapted to be used for 220 volt range or stove outlets.
  2. A kitchen electric stove and a kitchen electric range require a separate circuit for each unit.
  3. These circuits are generally 3-wire or 4-wire circuits depending on the age of the home.

NOTE: If a new kitchen electric range is purchased which has a 4-wire cord and plug, most will allow the cord to be changed to a 3-wire cord and plug so that it may be used with the existing 3-wire range outlet.

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2 Responses to “3Wire and 4Wire Kitchen Range and Stove Circuits Video”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Elaine,
    If the circuit breaker for the stove circuit is tripping without the stove connected then there is a problem with the circuit wiring. The receptacle outlet should be checked to make sure there are no faults or damaged wires. The circuit wire connections to the receptacle should also be checked to make sure they are correct.
    Thanks for sharing your stove circuit wiring question,

  2. Elaine Petersen says:

    I have a new stove. I changed the 3-prong to 4-prong and changed the outlet. The circuit breaker trips before the stove is even plugged in.