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Replace Stove - Old one did not have an outlet - Should I add one?

Replace Stove - Old one did not have an outlet - Should I add one?


Old 01-17-06, 06:42 AM
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Replace Stove - Old one did not have an outlet - Should I add one?


We bough a new stove. The old stove did not have an outlet and the old stove cables (black/red/bare, I think 8 Gauge) were connected to the circuit in a metal box under the stove. Since I had to open the wall anyways, is it recommended to add a receptacle and connect the new stove with the plug? Or should I just re-use the old metal box?

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Old 01-17-06, 08:28 AM
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It is recommended to add a receptacle.

This is somewhat of a gray area, but it is no longer legal to install 3-prong range receptacles; they must be 4 prong which would require you to run a new cable. However, you are not required to upgrade 3 prong to 4 prong unless you modify or remodel the existing circuit. Your situation sounds like its somewhere in between remodel and simple replacement of the old range, so you may not be required to run 4 conductor cable. If you can do it, I strongly suggest that you run new 6/3 or 8/3 cable to a 4-prong range receptacle.
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