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chronojosh 06-22-2012 01:19 PM

Range Cord Acceptability
 
I searched and didn't find this question on here, so here it goes. I installed a 50 amp breaker and ran 6/3 wire to an outlet for my kitchen remodel. I put in a 50 amp, 3 prong outlet to accomodate my old stove. I just received my new stove (a Bosch HDI7282U dual fuel range), and the delivery guy put a 3 prong range cord on it. I want to be up to code now with my outlet and want to install a 50 amp 4 prong outlet. Can I just swap on a new 50 amp 4 prong range cord? The installation instructions state "Use only cord kits rated 125/250 volts (minimum), 30 amperes and
labeled 'For Use with Ranges'."

jbfan 06-22-2012 01:22 PM

You can only use a 30 amp cord, so the receptacle and breaker have to be changed to 30 amp.
Make sure when you intall the 4 wire cord you undo the bond on the neutral and ground inside the stove.

rjniles 06-22-2012 01:32 PM

The installation instructions say a minimum, 30 amp 120/240 volt circuit:
Quote:

The range requires a minimum of a three wire 120/240 or 120/208 volt, 30 AMP,
60 Hz AC circuit. Check local codes for proper amperage ratings. A four wire
connection is preferred.

Your installation of a 3 wire cicuit was non-compliant, unless that remodel was quite a while ago. If the 6/3 you ran was 3 insulated conductors plus a ground, install a new 4 wire receptacle and cord.

mpoulton 06-22-2012 01:47 PM

Since most ranges require 50A, it's probably most practical to install a 50A receptacle and cord, but use a 30A breaker to comply with the manufacturer's instructions. Then if you switch ranges later and need a 50A circuit, you can just put the 50A breaker back in. As others have said, you must use a 4-wire connection. Your installation of a 3-wire receptacle was not allowed - you needed to switch the cord on your old range to a 4-wire cord instead.

chronojosh 06-24-2012 02:09 PM

Could I just put in a 50 amp 4 wire receptacle and put a 4 wire 30 amp cord on the range? I have seen them, but they usually say for dryers. Do they make them for ranges?

stickboy1375 06-24-2012 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chronojosh (Post 950482)
Could I just put in a 50 amp 4 wire receptacle and put a 4 wire 30 amp cord on the range? I have seen them, but they usually say for dryers. Do they make them for ranges?

Sure, but they won't fit. :) you need matching sets.

stickboy1375 06-24-2012 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chronojosh (Post 949109)
I searched and didn't find this question on here, so here it goes. I installed a 50 amp breaker and ran 6/3 wire to an outlet for my kitchen remodel. I put in a 50 amp, 3 prong outlet to accomodate my old stove.

You were never allowed to do that, it was suppose to be a 4 wire receptacle, and you should have changed the cord on your old stove.


Quote:

Originally Posted by chronojosh (Post 949109)
I just received my new stove (a Bosch HDI7282U dual fuel range), and the delivery guy put a 3 prong range cord on it. I want to be up to code now with my outlet and want to install a 50 amp 4 prong outlet. Can I just swap on a new 50 amp 4 prong range cord? The installation instructions state "Use only cord kits rated 125/250 volts (minimum), 30 amperes and
labeled 'For Use with Ranges'."


chronojosh 06-24-2012 04:11 PM

Ok. So what I am getting that what I can do is install a 30 amp breaker, a 30 amp 4 wire receptacle, and a 30 amp 4 wire cord. My question is, where to I get a 30 amp wire range cord? All of the ones I am finding are for dryers. Thanks again.

rjniles 06-24-2012 04:32 PM

Go back and read post #4. mpoulton has the best advice.

k_buz 06-24-2012 04:37 PM

You can use a "dryer" cord and receptacle.

chronojosh 06-28-2012 09:42 AM

So I can just swap out the breaker for a 30 amp breaker then? That would be great if it is allowed by code to be done. The instructions say a "minumum" of a 30 amp circuit, so am I at risk of a fire by having that 50 amp cord and receptacle on a 30 amp breaker? Thanks for all the help.

mpoulton 06-28-2012 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chronojosh (Post 953200)
So I can just swap out the breaker for a 30 amp breaker then? That would be great if it is allowed by code to be done. The instructions say a "minumum" of a 30 amp circuit, so am I at risk of a fire by having that 50 amp cord and receptacle on a 30 amp breaker? Thanks for all the help.

You can use a 30A breaker on that circuit, no problem. If the instructions say it's 30A minimum, but don't specify a maximum, then you could just wire it like a normal range circuit with a 50A breaker.


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