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[ad#block]Electrical Question: There is no existing wiring for a wall oven so what is required for a 220 volt electric wall oven?

We are doing a kitchen remodel project and we are adding a wall oven into a new cabinet unit.
This electrical question came from: Bill, from Long Beach, California.

Additional Comments: Great site – Good information.

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


Electrical Wiring for a Wall Oven

Application: Installing a 220 Volt or 240 Volt Oven Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Appliance Technician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Battery Operated Drill Motor, a support for the oven before inserting it into the cabinet.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and connect 220 volt electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the oven circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before making the oven wiring connections.
Notice: When installing an additional 220 volt oven circuit the work should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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With this Kitchen Remodel Project you may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric oven. Lets look at how the electric oven is wired and the possible solutions if your circuit does not seem to the same.

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6 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for a Wall Oven”
  1. Brad says:

    I purchased a used wall oven which does not have the armored conduit cable coming out if they back. Is there any issue with me direct wiring from the wall junction box to the back of the oven using regular 8/3 range cable? Thanks.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Brad,
    The range circuit should not be used for the oven unless it is not being used and the circuit is converted to the circuit specifications described on the oven. Check the oven specifications on the nameplate for the required electrical circuit. The installation of the oven circuit wiring, components, and connections should comply with the applicable NEC and local codes. This will ensure the oven is safe you use.
    I hope this helps,

  3. pat says:

    Why does my 25amp breaker keep blowing when using the self cleaning feature in my wall oven?

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Pat,
    Please refer to the electrical circuit specifications for the oven which is typically found in the installation manual to make sure the electrical circuit meets the manufacturers specification. Self cleaning ovens require high levels of electricity for the oven heating elements when in the self cleaning setting. If this is a new oven then the existing circuit may not be large enough. If this is an existing oven and the self cleaning feature has worked fine before then there may be a problem with one of the heating elements or an internal wiring or control problem.
    Thanks for sharing, and I hope this helps you Pat,

  5. Gary Cloutier says:

    I am adding an island with a cooktop. The current range will go away and a wall oven will take it’s place. Can I jump off the wall oven circuit to power the island cooktop? It will be very hard to get a new wire run from the panel because of location in garage. I know it’s probably not ideal but is it feasible?

  6. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Gary,
    To see if an existing unused circuit may be used or converted for an alternative appliance you must consider the following:
    Identify the existing circuit voltage, the number of wires, and the amperage size of the circuit breaker.
    Find the electrical circuit requirements for the new appliance to be installed.
    If the new circuit requirements match that of the existing circuit then the circuit may be used for the new appliance.
    If the existing circuit amperage is larger, but the number of wires and voltage are the same then the circuit may be converted to the stated amperage of the new appliance by replacing the circuit breaker to the required amperage, and clearly label the new circuit breaker at the panel with the new appliance description.

    It is important that the voltage and number of wires of the circuit are correct.
    For best results have a qualified electrician evaluate the circuit and make the assessment for you.

    I hope this helps,