What Stove Plug Do I Use?
So you just bought a new stove. And now you’re really confused on what plug to install. Chances are your old stove was on a 40 amp breaker and you have no intentions on changing it to a 50 amp. Well for the most part that’s too bad. Most newer, nicer stores are going to require a 50 amp line. I mean really, think about this for a minute. Your new stove claims to boiler water faster, maybe? Or the coils are bigger or you may even have a center one. Either way, these newer units are nicer and better. So, of course, you’re going to need more juice.
But hang on. Before you get all nuts here let’s check the electrical requirements. On your stove, there is going to be a metal plate stating just what it needs on KW.
Manufactures Electrical Requirements
Ok So Now What To Use. 3 Wire or 4 Wire
In the case in this video we already have a 40 amp connection. But it’s only a 3 wire. Do we really need to upgrade to a 4 wire? Most manufacturers will show how to with either one.
So Why Use A 4 wire?
Here’s the deal on a four wire. The only difference is that the four wire has an extra wire, yeah no kidding lol. But that fourth wire is a separate ground and when you use that fourth wire you will want to remove the bonding strap.
But don’t forget if you’re using a three wire you’ll want to keep that grounding strap in place.
Good practice in my eyes is to replace the old breaker with a new one. Same one, same amp rating, just a new one. Over the years the breaker becomes weaker and weaker so it’s a good idea to change the stove or oven breaker. Ok enough of the talk lets watch the video shall we.