How to Replace an Electric Range


Electric ranges wear out over time. Eventually it's more cost effective to replace the range than to attempt continuous repairs. You must to measure the existing range when purchasing a new appliance. You want a range that will fit in the opening you already have. You'll also need to take a look at the plug connection. New ranges do not come with power cords. Purchase a three-prong or four-prong power cord to match your range outlet connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Helper
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Range power cord
  • New electric range
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Nut driver
  • Level
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Unplug the range power cord from the wall. Push the old range toward the rear wall. This will release the back feet from the anti-tip clips in the floor. Tilt the rear of the range forward and pull the range toward you. You may need a helper to pull the range completely out of the opening and out of the kitchen.

  • Remove the anti-tip clips from the floor using a Phillips-head screwdriver. The rear legs of ranges install into these clips to prevent the range from tipping forward accidentally when the oven door is open. You'll be installing new clips with your range.

  • Sweep the floor in the range area. Remove any dirt and debris, especially toward the rear wall.

  • Insert the power cord into the strain relief on the rear of the new range. You'll find the strain relief and terminal block toward the bottom rear of the range. If you're installing a 4-prong power cord, remove the ground strap between the middle terminal screw on the terminal block and the range frame with a Phillips-head screwdriver. If you're installing a 3-prong power cord leave the strap in place.

  • Loosen all three terminal screws on the black terminal block with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Place the black wire around the left terminal screw and the red wire around the right terminal screw. Tighten both terminal screws to secure the wires to the range. The white wire will go around the center terminal screw. On 4-prong cords you'll also have a green wire. The green wire attaches to the range frame with the copper screw that's connected to the ground strap.

  • Tighten the strain relief with a Phillips-head screwdriver to secure the power cord to the range. Pull out the bracket template from your range's instruction manual.

  • Place the anti-tip bracket template on the floor against the rear wall where you're installing the range. Mark the mounting holes onto the floor with a pencil.

  • Drill pilot holes for the mounting screws with an 1/8-inch drill bit. Place the anti-slip brackets on the floor and secure the bracket using the supplied screws and a nut driver.

  • Slide the new electric range into its working location until the rear legs just hit the anti-tip brackets. Lay a level across the top of the range to check that the range is level. Adjust the legs as necessary up or down with an adjustable wrench. Turn the legs with the wrench to adjust them.

  • Slide the rear legs into the anti-tip brackets until the legs lock into place. Plug the power cord on your new range into the wall outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the ground strap in a safe place if you're installing a 4-prong cord. If you move the range to a spot near a 3-prong range outlet you'll need the strap to change the power cord.

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