American homes use two different plug types for 220-volt electrical outlets -- a three-prong plug and a four-prong plug. Depending on the type of plug in your home, it may be necessary to change the plug on an appliance, such as a GE oven, when you install it. This is not a difficult job, and you can accomplish it with only a screwdriver and wire strippers.
Things You'll Need
- Four-prong oven plug
- Wire strippers
Loosen the screws holding the existing power cord on the terminal block in the back of the oven. Remove the plug and cord.
Strip 5/8 inch of insulation from the ends of the three wires on the new power cord. You may not need to do this, as many cords come pre-stripped.
Insert the bare end of the white wire under the center screw terminal and tighten the screw to hold the wire.
Insert the bare ends of the two other wires under the screws on either side, one to each screw terminal. Tighten the screw to hold the wire.
Tips & Warnings
- Plugs can be purchased at appliance stores and home improvement centers.
- GE Appliances: Owner's Manuals and Installation Instructions
- "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated"; Editors of The Family Handyman; 2007
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