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How to Convert a Hardwired Oven to a Plug-In Oven

Apr 18, 2019 | Electrical Outlets, Electrical Tips, Licensed Electrician Tips

Many appliances come from the store with a hardwired cord plugged into the home rather than a socket. This situation, where an appliance cord does not match a home’s electrical setup, is prevalent with ovens. If your home has an electrical socket to plug into, but the stove is designed to be hardwired in, it can be helpful to know how to convert a hardwired oven to a plug-in oven. At Expert Electric, our team of residential electricians has experience adapting all kinds of residential electrical setups for appliances, and we know how to make any kind of oven compatible with a home’s circuitry.

Tips to Change a Hardwired Oven into a Plug-In Oven

For the safety of your home and everyone in it, always consult a licensed electrician before making any changes to any electrical systems. Wiring appliance changes can result in electrocution or electrical fire when done improperly, so electrical work should only be done by experienced and knowledgeable persons.

If you need to convert a hardwired oven into a plug-in oven, follow these steps:

How to Convert a Hardwired Oven to a Plug-In Oven

Assess the Plug and Wiring Setup

Before beginning any work, check the metal ID tag on the oven and compare the data on the tag with the number on your 240v circuit breaker. If the numbers do not match, cease all work and call an electrician. If the numbers match, look at the outlet the oven will plug into. Assess whether the outlet style suits a 4-prong or 3-prong plug and ensure you have the equipment to adapt your power cord accordingly.

Separate and Strip the Oven Wires

Cut back the oven cord and separate the internal wires. Strip each wire back and note, which is meant to be hot, grounded, or neutral. A 4-prong plug will have two hot wires, ground and neutral. A 3-prong plug will not have a neutral wire.

Connect the New Plug to the Cord

Open up the new plug to expose the wire receptacles. Insert the individual wires from the hardwired oven cord into the corresponding wire receptacles. Ensure none of the cables have copper showing where they connect to their receptacles. If they do, pull the wires free, trim them back, and reconnect them.

Close and Wrap the Plug

Wrap the wires together at the plug’s base using electrical tape so they are no longer exposed. Close the plug housing over the cord and wrap the connecting point of the plug and cord with more electrical tape if necessary. Before plugging the converted oven cord in, use a test kit to ensure the new setup operates appropriately.

How to Convert a Hardwired Oven to a Plug-In Oven

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