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  1. Joe Ihlen
    February 21, 2014

    Dominick., I am replacing an electric Jenn-Aire cook top with a natural gas cook top,
    I haven’t pulled the cover plate off the 220 volt receptacle yet to see if it is a 3 wire or a 4 wire circuit, Since the Jenn – Aire also had an exhaust fan, would there be a neutral (white) wire that would use half of the 220 volt system to power the 110 volt fan, while the entire 220 volt would power the heating coils,
    The new gas cook top needs a 110 volt supply to power the igniters , can I use only the red, or the black wire , plus the white neutral wire for the 110 volts needed, and cap off the other “hot ” lead and replace the receptacle with a standard 15 amp plug receptacle, without changing anything in the panel box

    • Dominick
      February 21, 2014

      It’s not code but it would work. However chances are you won’t be able to fit the larger wire into to the 15 amp breaker.

      • Joe Ihlen
        February 21, 2014

        You used the term “breaker”…. I wasn’t planning to change the breakers in the panel box but would it be better to replace the double 15 A (30A) circuit breaker in the panel box with a single 15A breaker and leave the second 110 line out of the circuit, or can I leave it as is; and just use half the 220V right at the receptacle box with one of the 110V lines capped off?
        … good point, that the size 10 wire will not fit into the 15 A receptacle, could I “pig tail” the size down to a 12, or 14 gage wire at the receptacle connection? I know it might get too crowded with all the lines coming into the wall box.
        ps love hearing the NY accent in your videos… my home town is S.I.
        (great service you offer to us DIY’ers

      • Dominick
        February 21, 2014

        I would change the breaker out to a single 15amp. Again it will work, it’s just not code. And yes you could pigtail it. Now how would you know I’m from NY. Yes I am, but still. I’m more upstate than you. I’m in Orange County. I was in Newwark NJ working today as well. No matter where I go I always get that, LOL.. Oh well I can run but can not hide..

        Yeah I’ve been doing this website for over seven years now. I love it.

  2. david reed
    November 5, 2013

    i have a jenn-air and i was told that i could use a 3 wire for a 4 wire cooktop only no oven came on but doesnt get hot only wire that is not hook up is the red one would that make difference

    • Dominick
      November 5, 2013

      And the red one is very important. That’s the other 120 leg. What is your model number ?

  3. Michael Newton
    March 7, 2013

    I have a 25 foot run, what size wire isrecomended on what size breaker?Will #6 wire work with a 40 amp breaker? I have ambitions of keeping this house for the next 20 years and would like to ensure that it is not going to be a issue in the future. I live in Alberta.
    Thank you,
    Michael.

    • admin
      March 7, 2013

      For the distance you are going #8 will be fine. Wit that you can go as long as max of 96 feet by US Code. #6 if longer then that.

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