Wire size for range

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Old 05-27-05, 05:42 PM
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Wire size for range

I am remodeling an old house and need to install new wire, from a 200 amp box, to the kitchen for an electric range. My question is what size breaker and what size wire for a run of no more than 15 feet?
 
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Depends on the range. The installation instructions for the range will tell you want size wire and breaker to use. The wire will probably either be 8/3 or 6/3, and the breaker will probably be either 40-amp or 50-amp. If you want to run the wire and you haven't bought the range yet, then run 6/3 and don't install the breaker until you buy the range.
 
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This house is for resale. I am not going to install a range. What would a builder install?
 
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The builder would install the cheapest wire that the range he installed could tolerate.
 
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Old 05-28-05, 04:10 AM
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John, thanks for the info. One more question: Is there a different recepticle for the differnt size breakers?
 
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In general, different size breakers require different receptacles. But both 40-amp and 50-amp breakers use a 50-amp receptacle.
 
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For any range 12kw and under all that is required by code is #8cu on a 40 amp breaker.

If this is a typical home, and not a very high end one with a huge kitchen, you would be perfectly safe with #8NM and a double pole 40 breaker..
 
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