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Connect a Range Cord

Posted at February 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Tips | 0 Comment

By Timothy Thiele, About.com Guide

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A new electric range is a welcome appliance in your home. You may need to connect a range cord to make it operational, unless the appliance store that you purchased it from supplies it. These simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through a range cord installation. For this project you’ll need a nut driver set, a Phillips screwdriver, a range cord, and some electrical tape. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be cooking with bacon in no time!

A photo of an electric range cord.

Look at the example of the range cord above. Notice the configuration that plugs into the outlet. Be sure the one that you purchase looks just like this one. Don’t mistakenly purchase a dryer cord instead. That configuration is very different.

Measure the amount of feet of cord that you will need to reach from the outlet to the connection in the back of the range. If you are not sure where the cord connects in the back of the range, then read on.

Located in the back of the range is a small cover plate opening. It will be easy to find by locating the ¾” hole beside it. This is where the new range cord will be inserted into the range.

The cover plate can be removed by using a nut driver of the appropriate size. Turn the screw counterclockwise and remove. Pull the cover plate off of the range to expose the wiring connections. be sure to examine how the cover plate attaches so that you’ll know how to reattach it later.

In order to remove the nuts from the terminal screws, you’ll need to use another nut driver of the appropriate size. Once again, turn each nut counterclockwise and remove. Take care not to drop the nuts inside of the back of the unit. One way to avoid this is to place a small piece of electrical tape inside of the nut driver hole. That way, when the nut touches the tape, it will stick to the tape and not fall out.

A photo of how to connect a range cord.

Place the cord into the hole provided in the back of the range. The two outside terminal bolts are the hot connections and the center terminal bolt is the neutral/ground connection. The connections of the cord are also the same. Place each wire terminal on the appropriate bolt and replace the nuts. To do this, turn the nuts clockwise until fairly tight. Caution! Don’t tighten them like Hercules would. If you over tighten them too much, they can break off. Then, you’ll have a big problem on your hands.

In order to secure the power cord, you’ll need to install a cord clamp. These come in one and two-piece configurations. Normally, the cord will come with a two-piece clamp that requires assembly. To put this together you will need a pair of pliers and a Phillips screw driver. Insert half of the clamp below the cord and half above the cord. Squeeze the clamp together with the pliers and insert the two screws. Tighten the screws with the screwdriver until it secures the cord.

In order to secure the power cord, you’ll need to install a cord clamp. These come in one and two-piece configurations. Normally, the cord will come with a two-piece clamp that requires assembly. To put this together you will need a pair of pliers and a Phillips screw driver. Insert half of the clamp below the cord and half above the cord. Squeeze the clamp together with the pliers and insert the two screws. Tighten the screws with the screwdriver until it secures the cord.

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