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Hi all,

I am replacing an old propane range with a used dual fuel range (electric oven). The plug is the older type 3 prong 50 amp variety. Not realizing the code changed a while back, i just went out and bought the 50 amp outlet that matched the plug, 6/3 cable, and a 50 amp breaker to do the job.

Now that I'm ready to wire the outlet I find that I have both a ground and a neutral to deal with and the outlet does not provide for both. I'm uncertain as how to proceed at this point. I've considered:

1. Not using one of either the ground or neutral wire at all and simply wiring using three wires.

2. Using a 4 wire outlet and re-wiring the stove with a 4 wire plug (but I believe that I would also have to make changes to the internal stove wiring/ground-something I'm hesitant to do at this point.

Any help would be appreciated.

Dave
 

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1. Not using one of either the ground or neutral wire at all and simply wiring using three wires.
Not a compliant option.

2. Using a 4 wire outlet and re-wiring the stove with a 4 wire plug (but I believe that I would also have to make changes to the internal stove wiring/ground-something I'm hesitant to do at this point.
To be compliant, and the safest thing to do.

Connecting the 4-wire plug to the stove is easy. In the stove, you’ll find a terminal block for connecting the cord. The terminal block is usually H-N-H, with the N (neutral) terminal having a bonding jumper from it to the frame of the stove. Remove the jumper and connect the ground wire of the cord to the frame with the screw that held the jumper.
 

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You're welcome. Look at this way, the hard part of running the cable is done. Get the 4-wire cord and receptacle and you're good to go.
 

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So what does the code say about replacing an old stove that was connected via a 3 wire setup. Do the current or recent codes require someone to pull a new cable from the breaker panel?
 

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Existing 3-wire installations that meet certain criteria can be used to power electric ranges and dryers. Alterations and new installations have to be 4-wire.

Replacing just the stove does not require the circuit to be upgraded to 4-wire, unless local codes specify such. Since you added the circuit needed for an electric stove (not having one before), you had to use a ‘4-wire’ circuit (the 6/3 with ground) per code, and the receptacle and cord would have to match the circuit.
 

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Sorry. I'm hijacking the thread. In my case we just pulled out a 35 year old stove with 3 wires. Per recent NEC am I required to upgrade to 4 wire? Breaker is dual pole 50.
 

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Sorry I didn’t catch that you weren’t the original OP.

If you’re not modifying the circuit, and only replacing the stove, no, you do not have to change the wiring, unless local codes specify.
 

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Not a compliant option.



To be compliant, and the safest thing to do.

Connecting the 4-wire plug to the stove is easy. In the stove, you’ll find a terminal block for connecting the cord. The terminal block is usually H-N-H, with the N (neutral) terminal having a bonding jumper from it to the frame of the stove. Remove the jumper and connect the ground wire of the cord to the frame with the screw that held the jumper.
It's not always that easy. Sometimes the jumper attached to the neutral terminal is actually connected to the neutral and it is intended to be attached to the frame for 3-wire applications. Also, the jumper doesn't always come attached to the neutral terminal; sometimes it's attached to the frame. It would be better for the OP to check the manual for connections for 4-wire operation.

Mark
 
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