Electric glass top range question


Old 05-30-13, 06:56 PM
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Electric glass top range question

Alright so I just suffered from a flood and I need a replacement for my old gas stove. I really want to install a electric glass top specifically this one

Amazon Link: Amazon.com: Whirlpool W5CE3024XB 30" Black Electric Smoothtop Cooktop: Appliances

The only thing i'm not sure about is how much electricity is needed to run this range. We have a decently old power box and im not sure if we have to upgrade in order to install this glasstop.

Could someone please explain how those work? Im very new to electric and glass top ranges.
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Old 05-30-13, 07:46 PM
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You will need a 40 amp circuit. The model number in your link seems to be a 3 wire #8 240 only however though to future proof I would suggest a 120/240 4 wire #8 feed.

In most areas gas costs less to use so if that is true where you are the extra cost of a new circuit may not be worth it. How big is your main breaker? Do you have electric heat? Do you have space in your panel for a 2-pole breaker.

This is really an Electric question so I am moving this to that forum.
Old 05-30-13, 07:50 PM
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According to the installation manual ( http://www.whirlpool.com/digitalasse...ruction_EN.pdf) you need a 40 amp, 120/240 volt circuit. This means you need 3 #8 wires (hot, hot, neutral) and one #10 for a ground, run in conduit. Or 8/3 w/G NM-b Cable.

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