Old Stove Wiring (Hot/Neutral/Ground) ??

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Old 05-25-12, 04:27 AM
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Old Stove Wiring (Hot/Neutral/Ground) ??

Hello and Thanks in Advance! I am replacing an old stove and it only has three wires (not/neutral/ground or black/white/bare). After lots of searching, I have not found out how to connect the new stove which requires two hots. My house was built in 1955. It is 240V on a 50 amp breaker.

Any suggestions on how I can hook up the new stove?
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Kevin
 
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Old 05-25-12, 07:00 AM
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Almost certainly the white is a hot also. The bare is serving as a combined ground neutral. If it is on a two pole breaker that is what you have. You can either convert the stove to 3-wire or best practice run a new 3-wire+ground cable (6-3Nm-b). What size wire in the existing cable? What Size breaker? What is the stoves full load amps?
 
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Old 05-25-12, 07:27 AM
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I agree with Ray, you have two hots and a combination neutral/ground.
 
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Great. Yes, it is a double pole breaker (40 amp, not 50 amp like I stated before). It is difficult to size the wire by eye as it is copper stranded.

If I do not run new wire, how do I hook it up to a 3 wire plug? White and black on the hots and put the bare on the neutral?

Kevin
 
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As Ray asked,
What is the stoves full load amps?
And, what size breaker does the instruction sheet for your new stove specify?
 
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