Replacing your oven power cord is something that everyone should be able to do. The power cord is usually hard wearing, and does not often have to be replaced before the rest of the oven, but it may be damaged by construction project, nibbling rodents, or just need to be replaced. If you have an oven power cord which does need replacing, for example if it has developed a fault, then this is not difficult to do.
You can have someone come into your home and replace the oven power cord for you, but if you are reasonably competent with a screwdriver, you should have absolutely no problem changing the power cord yourself. Getting this job done doesn’t require the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.
Step 1 - Turn off the Power
The first step is to make sure that the electrical supply to your oven is turned off. You can quickly do this by flipping the circuit breaker in the mains that supplies power to your oven. This is not necessarily the one that powers the rest of the kitchen, so make sure that the power is dead before you proceed. You should also disconnect the power plug.
Step 2 - Remove the Power Cord
Next you will have to take out the power cord. Unscrew the panel in which the power cord is sitting, and then remove the panel completely. You will now need to remove the wires of the power cord. Use safety gloves at this point in order to safeguard your hands. Unscrew the connections that hold the power cord to the oven. These should be fairly obvious to identify. Then gently pull out the cord until you can see the electrical wiring. Take off the power cord, and discard it.
Step 3 - Replace the Power Cord
Once that is completed, you will have to add your new power cord. You should have purchased the cord with the correct manufacturer's number, as would be named in the oven's manual. Most local stores that sell ovens will be able to provide a new power cord should you need one. Screw the power cord into the rest of the wiring, and then tighten it into place using the pliers. You should then place the panel back around the power cord and screw this into place using the screwdriver.
Step 4 - Finish
Before you finish the project you will have to check that the oven is still working correctly. Plug the oven back into the wall, and turn the circuit breaker back to power. You should then warm the oven, leaving the door open so that you can see the element heating up. You can place your hand near the element while the heat is increasing to ensure proper functioning. once the element is warm, turn off the oven until you need it.