How to Wire an Electric Range

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Wiring an electric range can be done even by those who have little experience working with electricity. The wire is thicker than what is normally used in a regular circuit, causing some people to feel intimidated by the thought of performing this DIY project.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Strain relief connector
  • Remove the screws holding the panel cover in place on the back side of the range near the bottom. You should see a row of three terminals plus the green ground screw.

  • Remove the knock-out located at the bottom of the power box.

  • Loosen the screws on the strain relief connector and insert the connector's "Wings" into the open knock-out.

  • Insert either the direct feed wires or the wire end of the four-prong power cord, depending on your set-up, up through the strain relief connector.

  • If you are using the four-prong cord, remove the copper bonding strip that connects the neutral terminal to the ground screw in the electric box on the range. The neutral terminal is the middle one.

  • Connect the ground wire to the green ground screw, the black wire to the left terminal, the white wire to the middle terminal and the red wire to the right terminal.

  • Feed the wire up into the box so that the strain relief will close around an insulated section of wire. Tighten down the screws on the strain relief.

  • Replace the cover plate, plug the electric range into the outlet, if not a direct feed, and turn the double-pole circuit breaker back on.

  • Push the electric range into position.

Tips & Warnings

  • How you wire your electric range depends on what type of electrical hook-up you have in your kitchen. Some kitchens feature a four-prong outlet in which the electric range gets plugged into, while others have a direct feed from the panel to the range.
  • Always turn the electricity OFF before working on an electrical appliance.

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