Placement of junction box behind 24″ double wall GE Oven

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Hi there,
I think your videos on youtube are THE BEST. Your videos have helped me tremendously and I think you are a great teacher.

The question I have to do is in regards to my Mom’s 24″ GE Oven Model #JRP28BJ3BB
https://www.geapplianceparts.com/store/parts/assembly/JRP28BJ3BB

Something is gnawing in my brain and I would love your advice.

When we removed my mom’s old Whirlpool accubake double wall oven I discovered that it was sitting on runners and it also had a very long flex cable attached to the jbox. No problem, we were able to remove it quickly from the jbox, which was positioned just below the level of the runners. I have not been able to find info in the manual for this stove with any information about ideal jbox location:

https://www.whirlpool.com/content/dam/global/documents/200702/installation-instructions-8303871-RevA.pdf

The new GE Stove Model JRP28BJ3BB has a flex cable that is exactly 4 feet long. It did not reach the jbox and so we pulled on the jbox and discovered there were several feet of conduit available. This allowed us to connect the the stove conduit to the jbox with ease. We made all the connections and the stove worked perfectly. We then shut off the breaker, ran the conduit from the oven into the jbox, secured it and attached all the corresponding wires and then covered it with the plate it came with.

When we pushed the stove back in it will not go flush to the wall because it is hitting the jbox. I have read that the maximum temperature (if doing a self cleaning) can make the back of the oven go up to 200 degrees. Is this dangerous due to the location of the jbox?

I’ve read that per this model the recommended location of the jbox is 23 7/8″ above the runners. We did not measure but I think it is pretty close to this distance above the runners.
We haven’t used the oven as of yet for an extended amount of time and I am worried if this is a bad thing to have the jbox right against the stove backing. I’ve read conflicting info; some people say the jbox cannot be recessed, others say it must be recessed, others say to connect flex wiring to the whip and connect the jbox low to the floor. Should I just have an electrician out to the house and check everything out?

tl:dr: I am worried that my jbox is too close to the back of the stove. Can this cause a fire?

Thank you very much for your time! Your videos ROCK!

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Jeff Iftekaruddin 5 months 3 Answers 186 views

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  1. Yeah replacing the flex would be my answer as well.

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  3. Thank you so much for your reply! Haha…no sir I do not want to find out what could happen with it currently pressing against the oven!

    Do you have any advice on the best way to extend the whip so that the jbox is under the runners? I’ve heard that splicing isn’t up to code and that I would have to connect another piece of flex via an additional jbox.

    Thanks again!
    Jeff

  4. Thank you so much. In a nutshell, yeah it shouldn’t be right up against it. Will it make an issue later on, hmmm? I don’t think you want to find out that way lol.

    Yeah if you can I would extend it so it just out of the way. You seem you know what you’re doing. Do that and save a buck. Merry Christmas

    Dominick

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