Power Cord to Electric Range Questions

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Old 03-11-11, 08:07 AM
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Power Cord to Electric Range Questions

I just bought a new electric stove to replace my old one and had the following questions:

1) The new stove came with a 3-wire plug, but my outlet had the 4-wire. Since my new stove is convertable to a 4-wire configuration, what I did was use the power cord from my old stove and used it on the new one. Can I do that? It seems to work fine, but I just want to make sure that it won't explode or catch on fire in couple days.

2) The 3-wire power cord from the new stove doesn't have red, white, and black labels. When I took it off, I forgot to label them, so I'm not sure how to install the 3-wire power cord on my old stove. Is there a way to see which one is supposed to be attached to the black, to the red, and to the white by just looking at the wire?

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Old 03-11-11, 08:12 AM
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You can use the 4 wire cord if it is in good shape and the proper ampacity for the new stove. Since you said it was on the old stove I think you are ok on the size. I hope you removed the bond strap or wire from the frame of the stove when you changed the cord.

Are all of the wires in the 3 wire cord black?
 
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Old 03-11-11, 11:53 AM
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If the "old" 3-wire cord is "flat" ,as compared to "round" , then there are three "side X side" conductors , and with the three terminal studs on the appliance likewise positioned S X S , there is a "matching" connection arrangement with the Neutral in the middle.
 
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Old 03-12-11, 10:19 AM
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To complete PATTBAA's answer, as long as you know which terminal is the neutral in the cord as well as on the appliance, the red and black are interchangeable.
 
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