How to Wire a 240 Volt 50 Amp Socket

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How to Wire a 240 Volt 50 Amp Socket
Your range requires a 50-amp socket. (Close-up image of an electric range heating element image by Alexey Stiop from Fotolia.com)

Every socket has a plug configuration and each plug configuration determines the amperage for that socket. A 50-amp, 240-volt socket could be confused with a 30-amp, 240-volt socket. The subtle differences in the sockets are for safety; they do not allow you to plug the wrong appliance into the wrong socket. Your range or stove operates on a 50-amp, 240-volt circuit and requires a 50-amp, 240-volt socket. You can wire a 50-amp socket without the help of an electrician.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips or slotted screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the 50-amp breaker in the main electrical panel that provides electricity to the 50-amp circuit.

  2. 2

    Look inside the 50-amp electrical box and locate the black, red, white and green ground wires. Locate the screws from the back of the 50-amp socket; they form a cross pattern.

  3. 3

    Slide the white wire under the silver lug located on the back of the 50-amp socket. Slide the black wire and the red wire under the brass lugs to the left and the right of the socket. Slide the green ground wire under the green ground lug on the socket and tighten all four screws to clamp the wires to the socket.

  4. 4

    Attach the socket to the electrical box at the top and the bottom of the box. Cover the socket with a 50-amp socket cover.

  5. 5

    Turn on the 50-amp breaker in the main electrical panel that provides electricity to the 50-amp circuit.

Tips and warnings

  • Test to verify that you have disconnected the electricity in the area that you are working to avoid electrical shock.

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