How to Install Oven Power Cord

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When you purchase a new electric oven, it will not come with a power cord. This is something you buy and install separately once the oven is delivered. If you buy the cord and have it on hand when the oven is delivered, the delivery people might install it for you. Below are the steps to follow if you must install the cord yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Power cord
  • Strain reliever
  • Nut driver
  • Screwdriver

Installing the Power Cord

  • Purchase the appropriate power cord for your oven and a strain reliever for the cord. The power cord should be four-pronged. Three-pronged cords are not used any longer and if you have a three-pronged outlet you will need to have an electrician replace it with a four-pronged outlet. This is in accordance with the national electric code.

  • Locate the cover panel for the electric cord hook-ups on the back of the oven, near the bottom.

  • Remove the cover panel using a nut driver.

  • Feed the cord through the hole on the bottom of the metal box with the electric hook-ups on the back of the oven. There are four smaller cords coming out of the end of the power cord--each a different color. The black and red cords are the hot wires, the white cord is the neutral and the green cord is the ground wire.

  • Put the strain reliever loosely on the power cord inside the metal box with the electric hook-ups.

  • Remove the copper bonding strip that connects the neutral wire to the ground screw. This is easy to see since it is the only piece of copper and it is right below the hot and neutral hook-ups.

  • Connect the hot wires to the two outside connections, the neutral wire to the middle connection and the ground wire to the ground screw below the other three connections. Make sure you tighten firmly the screws that hold the wires in place.

  • Tighten the strain reliever so that the wires will not pull away from the connectors over time due to strain from the cord outside the oven. The strain reliever is inside the metal box and rests over the hole that the power cord was fed through. It absorbs the strain.

  • Replace the cover panel using the nut driver. Plug the power cord into the power outlet and you are ready to use your new electric oven.

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