How to Wire a Kitchen Range Receptacle


Wiring a kitchen range receptacle is not a difficult task if you know the basics and have the correct tools. The wires that exist in the wall for wiring a range receptacle are red, black, white and bare or copper. A range outlet runs on 220 volts, while a regular outlet runs on 110 volts. That is why the range outlet has two hot leads, the black and red wires. Safety precautions should be observed so knowing the location of the electrical panel is essential to shutting off the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the receptacle.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Electrical box mud ring
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Shut off the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the location where the receptacle is being installed.

  • Pull the wires out of the wall so they stick straight out.

  • Slip the mud ring over the wires and secure it to the electrical box. Use the screws provided with the mud ring and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  • Strip off about an inch of the insulation from the end of each wire. Use a utility knife to carefully strip the wires. Many wire strippers are not big enough to strip wires the size that attach to the range receptacle.

  • Insert the ground (bare or copper) and the neutral (white) wires into the holes in the receptacle that are labeled "ground" and "neutral". Use a flat-head screwdriver to tighten the screws on top of the holes to clamp the wires in place. Connect the black and the red wires into the holes labeled "hot" and tighten those screws. The black and red wires can connect to either hole labeled "hot".

  • Push the wires into the electrical box and attach the receptacle to the box with the screws provided. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the receptacle to the electrical box. Plug in the range and turn on the circuit breaker.

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