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Chase
Wiring an outlet for electric range
Chase

I've been working on my kitchen where the old electric range was wired directly to the electrical wiring (6-2) coming from the wall. I wanted to add an outlet for the new electric range so I bought one to do so. Before installing I noticed that the outlet says its ungrounded. Being the dryer has the same oulet I proceeded to pulling it out to see where the ground wire was placed. The dryer outlet showed the same 6-2 wire with the black and white wire connected to the two top angled terminals, and the ground wire connected to the bottom terminal. Now knowing this, I then wired the new range outlet the same, but when I turned the breaker back on it arced and tripped. My thoughts were that this happened because i connected the bare ground wire, so i disconnected it and ttyed the breaker again but nothing. Then, I diconnected the black and white wires, the breaker still wont turn back on. I almost positve the breaker is blown, so I will be replacing that. Should I have done anything different? Should I replace the 6-2 with 6-3 when i replace the breaker? If not, what should be done so the new breaker doesn't blow?

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Wiring an outlet for electric range
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Chase,

Hire a person that is qualified to do this type of work. This is something that could have killed you by doing this incorrectly. If you are determined to to this yourself. Learn some things about residential electricity and the devices associated with. That is not done by watching those idiot videos online. Read a book. Read the electrical service plates on appliances. This is why Electricians must be licensed. Keeps people from killing themselves, or wiring a circuit that can get people killed.

For one thing, a dryer is 30 amp and an electric oven is 50 amp. A dryer and oven will have different outlets, even the cords are different. Specifically for this purpose. So that people do not try to use the same one on both. So purchase an outlet with a ground. Stop shopping at the big box junk stores. Find an electrical supply house near you. Unless the breaker is old, or the panel and breaker of really low quality, it should be fine to trip a few times with causing what you are experiencing. Also, look at the amp rating on the breaker. It will tell you what type of amperage it is for. For a 240 volt device, you may not have to have a neutral. I always have one, it never hurts. Purchase the correct outlet and the correct pig tail cord for the device. It is stated on the electrical plate on the oven. You must change that when you add an outlet, since you indicated it was hard wired. Sounds like you crossed phases on that circuit. That would cause that to happen.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Jack
Re: Wiring an outlet for electric range
Jack

Chances are the new range requires 2 hots,  a neutral,  and a ground. What kind or plug do you have on the range? Did you instal the plug or was it already installed. Most modern ranges require 240 and 120 volt.

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