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Old 12-22-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Need to install 220 for new dual fuel oven

Had gas stove/oven, bought dual fuel, installers come today and lo & behold - my spouse didn't didn't realize the existing outlet, odd-shaped as it may be, is NOT 220 (I know I probably should have checked myself...)

So far, bids are about $400 to get an electrician to install a 220 (is it just me or is that ridiculous! I live in Missouri - not New York!). Am very comfortable doing wiring, but haven't had to add a circuit to the breaker box before. Can I do this myself? Any one know of some instructions with photos? There's plenty of room in my breaker box (physically for the double breaker and capacity of 200 amps for 1000 sq ft home) and the run from the box to the existing outlet is very short (maybe 8' total). I think I'm fine running the Romex and doing the j-box and outlet in the kitchen, what concerns me is determining the breaker amps & wiring it into the box. Any help out there?


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Old 12-22-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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Four hundred dollars is not all that much when you figure the true cost of someone doing business. Insurance, salaries, fuel, truck costs, lost time driving between jobs all contribute.

Your appliance should have a nameplate with all the info you need as far as voltage, amps etc.


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Are you allowed to do electric work where you are located ?
Check with your Building Dept
The instructions for the stove should list the specifications
Usually a 240v stove is 40a or 50a
I use #6 wire
2 black, 1 white, 1 green in conduit
or a cable - all in one
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So far, bids are about $400 to get an electrician to install a 220 (is it just me or is that ridiculous! I live in Missouri - not New York!).
Spoken like someone with no clue what it takes to run a legitimate small business.

What is "a 220"?

A dual fuel oven would likely take a 20 or 30 amp 120/240v circuit. "220" is a useless generic term.
What does your new oven require?
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:17 PM   #5
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Look for the "amps" requirement on your range.

Every single oven dual fuel I've seen required a 30 amp circuit.

That's either 10/2 or 10/3 romex, depending on the unit. If there is a white wire in the wiring, you need 10/3 (two hots, a neutral and the ground)

And...$400 isn't any more rediculous than $3.79 a gallon for fuel, $1800 a month mortgage for a little 1500 sq ft house or 600 bucks a month for health insurance (with a 5K deductible)

I've yet to see a homeowner installation look good. Somebody someday will have to go in and do it right.
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