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How to Wire a Range Cord and Electric Range Circuit: Electric Circuit Requirements for a Kitchen Range
Kitchen Range Electrical Circuit Wiring
- In talking with appliance dealers, I am told that a stove uses a 240 volt, 30 amp circuit.
- At the hardware store, I find that the receptacle is rated at 50 amps.
- I will be running the new wire under the house and putting a receptacle next to the stove.
- The length of run that I have from the circuit box to where the outlet will need to be placed will take less than 30 feet of wiring.
- Will I need to wire with 8/3 or 6/3 to meet safety codes for my stove?
This electrical wiring question came from: Ben, a Homeowner from Dexter, Kansas.
Thanks for your electrical question Ben.
How to Wire a Range Cord and Range Circuit
- Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Work in electrical panels is not recommended for homeowners, non-experienced individuals or non-electricians.
- Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill, auger bits and extension cord.
- Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install 220 volt electrical circuit wiring.
- Precaution: Identify the main circuit of the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring or installing the 240 volt wiring and circuit breaker for the kitchen range.
- Notice: Installing an additional 240 volt range circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Electric Circuit Requirements for a Kitchen Range
- The size cable for a electric range is either 6/3 aluminum with ground, or 8/3 copper with ground.
- Because you are considering a stove it is best to select the stove that you want and consult the installation manual for the specific electrical circuit requirements, however if you decide to install a conventional range circuit then the typical circuit for an electric range is a 50 amp 240 volt 4-wire.
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