Stove Amperage

Old 05-31-09, 06:02 PM
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Stove Amperage

What is the standard/average amperage requirement for a four element electric freestanding range? I planned to install 6/3 nm-b with a 50 amp breaker but everyone (store employees, other "helpful" friends) is telling me that 8/3 will do the job with no problem. Could someone clear this up for me before I spend the money?


Old 05-31-09, 06:29 PM
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Depends on the stove. Some are 40a and some are 50a. Go with 6-3 and 50 amp breaker your covered for both. If the stove you choose specifies 40a you can just change out the breaker.
Old 06-01-09, 08:57 AM
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Your basic four element range + oven uses a 40A breaker with #8-3/g cable.

However, the fancier ranges with power burner, other special features can use up to 50A breaker with #6-3/g cable.

So, if you want future capability for a good range use the #6-3 or stick with the #8-3 for standard capability.

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