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How Do I Connect The Wiring For a New Oven?

How to Wire a New Oven When Replacing an Existing Oven: What to do when you have black wire, red wire, white wire, and a ground wire.

Wiring a Oven
Electrical Question: I have removed an old wall oven and am installing a new one.

I am not sure what to do.
Thank you.

Background: Darby , a Homeowner in Arkansas.

Thanks for your electrical question Darby.

Wiring Connections for a New 220 Volt Oven

Application: Wiring a 220 Volt or 240 Volt Oven.
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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Fully Described Kitchen Electric Oven Installation with a typical 220 Volt electric circuit. 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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5 Responses to “How Do I Connect The Wiring For a New Oven?”
  1. James Secrease says:

    I’m trying to install a new Samsung range. The wiring coming from box has white, black and bare copper. The installation manual talks about a red wire but we do not have a red wire. Does the bare wire replace the red wire?

  2. b. pence says:

    I recently moved into a new house. My stove outlet is a 4 pronged outlet. While my stove only has 3 connectors. I bought a 4 pronged cord for the wall, and decided to wrap the green grounding wire with electrical tape, because there isn’t a place to put it. But my question is, I have heard I could just hook up the ground to the neutral. Is this true? Or from the neutral to a bit up above it, is a copper strand going to a screw. Ive heard I could also put it in there, BUT my ground wire wont reach above all the other wire to reach that spot. So should I just connect it to the neutral, or wrap it in electrical tape,and keep it out of the way?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi B P,
      The ground wire should never be left disconnected as it is the most important wire of any electrical circuit. The ability to use a 3wire or 4wire connections will be fully described in the installation manual for your specific oven. You may also see more information about wiring 3wire and 4wire ovens by following the links as provided above in this main article.
      Thanks for sharing your electric oven question with us,

  3. R. Wood says:

    My house was wired in the 80’s. I am purchasing a new oven. The wires out of the junction box are black, white and a bare copper ground wire. It looks like the old oven was wired black to black, white to white and green and red to the bare copper ground wire. Does this sound right? New oven also has black white red and green wires!

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi RW,
      Please check the updated information that has been provided in the article above. This will help you identify your existing oven circuit with the wiring configuration for the new oven.
      I hope this helps,

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