How Do I Install an Electric Oven?

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How Do I Install an Electric Oven?
A new oven spruces up the kitchen. (oven image by Evgeny Rodionov from Fotolia.com)

Electric ovens offer the same advantages as gas ovens and are a necessity in homes without natural gas service. Electric ovens install easily and relieve you of the hassle of messing with complicated and potentially dangerous gas lines. If you're willing to do a little lifting and manoeuvring, you'll find that you can save a lot of money by installing your electric oven yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • A lifting partner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Confirm that your oven is compatible with the outlet in your kitchen. Instructions included with your new appliance outline the electrical requirements of the oven. The outlet in your kitchen must supply proper amperage and voltage for the appliance to function. Amps and volts are printed in fine print on outlets and, alternatively, guides are available to help you identify them according to appearance.

  2. 2

    Rewire the plug, cable and fuse box as necessary. Never attempt electrical wiring without prior training--you risk serious damage to your home and self. Consult a licensed professional for help with rewiring for appliances.

  3. 3

    Bring the oven into the kitchen, near its final destination. Oven/range combos often feature only two, rear wheels. Standing behind the oven, tilt its front up, stabilise your grip and roll. Use a lifting partner to overcome stairs and door thresholds--a new oven is not worth a broken back.

  4. 4

    Place the oven near its new home, allowing room for you to access the electrical socket.

  5. 5

    Plug the electric oven's cord into the outlet. Arrange loose cord so that it will not interfere with further movement, jam wheels or present a trip hazard.

  6. 6

    Push or lift the electric oven into its final resting place. If your electric oven stands alone as a range/oven combination, its surface level is usually adjusted by turning its feet. Have a partner help you lift the oven while you turn the feet to adjust its height.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a post level or torpedo level to achieve an exceptionally level and lined up appliance.
  • Consult a licensed electrician to troubleshoot connection issues.

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