Installing a New Electric Range for Your Kitchen
Electric ranges have some advantages over gas stoves. They reach the desired temperature faster, and they cook food more accurately at the correct temperature. Electric ranges are also much safer and easier to clean. However, installing them with the proper wiring is not easy. You need to call an experienced and licensed electrician to do the job right.
Why You Need an Electrician
The primary difference between a large appliance and smaller electronics is the electrical power they require. Due to a greater power requirement, an electric range utilizes 240 volts rather than the standard 120 volts used by small appliances. The majority of 240 volt plugs use outlets with four prongs. Two are hot wires, one is neutral, and the last is a ground wire. However, prior to the 1996 NEC (National Electric Code) edition, most homes were equipped with only three-pronged outlets.
Since the NEC does not call for homeowners to upgrade the wiring for their 240v receptacles, there are many homes that still use three-prong electrical outlets for major appliances. Although this may not be an issue because electric ranges are still sold with three-pronged plugs, homeowners can choose to upgrade their wiring before installing a new electric range for greater safety.
Safety Advantage of 4 Pronged Outlets
A 3-pronged outlet connects the neutral and ground wires. As a result, there is a greater risk of electrical current being able to flow to the ground wire, energizing the metal frame of a dryer or electric range. If this occurs, a user may be injured by an electric shock after touching the appliance.
According to the NEC, a home is still complying with code if it continues to use existing 3-pronged outlets. A homeowner can also replace an appliance’s 4-prong cord with a 3-pronged cord to fit an existing 3-pronged outlet. Whatever you decide, work with a reputable and trusted licensed electrician to ensure your family’s safety.
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• Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
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