Converting 50 amp to 30 amp
Replace the receptacle (outlet; socket) and also replace the 50 amp breaker down in the panel with a 30 amp breaker. The stove cord and plug remain unaltered.
There could be complications. If the plug for the new stove has neutral and/or ground contacts that the original cable to the old receptacle does not provide conductors for, you would need to string a new 6* gauge 3 conductor plus ground cable down to the panel before you can complete the project.
If only a ground conductor is needed and lacking you can string just a ground conductor to the panel more or less following the route of the existing cable.
* 10 gauge will carry 30 amps but it would be nice to future proof the installation for 50 amps for the next owner of the house.
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Last edited by AllanJ; 03-29-2009 at 09:16 PM.