MayTag Electric Range Circuit Requirement

Old 06-19-04, 07:45 AM
Bob C
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MayTag Electric Range Circuit Requirement

I am converting from a gas range to electric. There is currently no wiring or circuit for this. The wiring information provided with the aplliance talks about using a 40 or 50 amp cord. Nowhere can I find the exact amp requirement. It seems to be an either or situation.

The range is 11.6 kw. It is a short distance of 25-30 feet from planned outlet to panel. What size circuit should I go with as this is a new installation. I would like to go with 40, due to the thickness of the wire. I have some 8 gauge wire that I didn't use and could save some $$.

I really want to do what is best regardless of some additional $$. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 06-19-04, 08:11 AM
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If it says that you can use either, then you can use either. I'd use a 50-amp receptacle, a 50-amp cord, a 50-amp breaker, and 6/3 cable. This way if the next range you buy needs 50 amps, you're ready. But if you know that you'll be dead before you ever buy another range, and you need to save that money, then you can use a 40-amp breaker and 8/3 wire (don't use 8/2). You can still use the 50-amp receptacle and the 50-amp cord.
Old 06-25-04, 06:37 AM
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Thanks for the response, I'll go with the 50 amp. Couple of further questions.

The house is a ranch. I'll run the wire from the panel to the kitchen in the attic. Is there any requirement on running wire in an attic? I have run a couple of new circuits and rerouted some existing wire in the attic. I pulled this wire straight and tight and attached it to the roofing trusses. Please don't tell me it should be in some kind of conduit. The existing wiring was simply run along the floor of the attic over joists and than covered with insulation.

Second question has to do with capacity. The home is 1400 sq ft. and has 100 amp service. The new range will be 50 amp, I added HVAC and this added a 30 amp circuit. I will also be adding an above range microwave and will add a dedicated 15 amp circuit. I may also be adding a dishwasher and possible garbage disposal. The dryer in the home is electric on a 30 amp circuit. There are 3 20 amp circuits and a total of 7 15 amp circuits.
If capacity is a problem, I could go back to gas on the range.

Thanks for the help.

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