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Circuit Breaker for a Kitchen Cooktop

How do I connect the wiring for a cooktop or stovetop? Wiring a New Cooktop to Replace the Old Cooktop.

Circuit Breaker Size for an Electric Cook Top
Electrical Question #1: How do I connect the wiring for a Cooktop or Stovetop?

This electrical wiring question came from: Roger, a Handyman from San Francisco, California.

Additional Comments: Well laid out and the Question process is very easy. Thanks.

Electrical Question #2:

This electrical wiring question came from Frank in Delray Beach, Florida

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Roger.

How to Connect Electric Cook Top Circuit Wiring

240 volt cooktop wiring a cook top

Application: Wiring a Cooktop or Stovetop.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This electrical project is best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring for a cook top should be done with a permit and be inspected.

Circuit Size for an Electric Cooktop

How to Find the Circuit Requirements
The required circuit specification is found in the installation manual which came with the new cooktop, and this information is also found on the nameplate specifications label which is attached to the unit.

If the Home has a Larger Existing Cooktop Circuit

If the Home has a Smaller Existing Cooktop Circuit

Important: When Installing a Ceramic or Glass Induction Cook Top

Wiring a New Cooktop to Replace the Old Cooktop

Related Question about: Connecting the Wires to a New Cooktop

Richard asks the following question about Replacing an Old Cooktop with a New Cooktop:

Home Electrical Circuit Wiring for a 240 Volt Cooktop

Cooktop Circuit Specifications and the Home Electrical Circuit

Note for Electricians: Using a voltage tester will help identify the wires of a 240 volt circuit in older homes.

More about Electric Cooktop Wiring


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