How to Install a Power Cord on a Whirlpool Range

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How to Install a Power Cord on a Whirlpool Range
Power cords conduct electricity for cooking. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whirlpool is a manufacturer of home appliances. One of the appliances common to most homes is a freestanding range and oven. Since the oven and hob are not built in to the kitchen cabinets, a power cord is used to conduct the electrical power to the appliance. The power cord offers a convenient method for removing the freestanding range from its location, creating the ability to clean around and behind the unit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 40-amp to 50-amp range power cord
  • Screwdriver
  • 3/8-inch nut driver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Shut off the electrical power to the range outlet mounted on the wall.

  2. 2

    Remove the terminal block cover on the rear of the range with the screwdriver. Pull the cover down and toward you to free it from the range. The electrical connections should now be exposed to you.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the three 10-32 nuts that are holding the plastic tag to the centre terminal post of the electrical connection block. Keep the three nuts for attaching the cord terminals to the block.

  4. 4

    Install the Whirlpool-provided power cord strain relief device to the mounting holes just below the terminal block. Feed the power cord through the lower strain relief hole. You may have to loosen the cable clamp with the screwdriver to feed the terminal ends of the cord through the clamp opening.

  5. 5

    Connect the power cord wires to the terminal block in the following order: Secure the two outer cord wires to the two outer terminal block connections using a single 10-32 nut on each terminal screw post. Tighten the nuts with the nut driver. Attach the centre neutral wire to the centre terminal block with the last 10-32 nut. If the power cord is a four-wire cord, attach the green wire from the cord to the green screw on the metal frame of the range.

  6. 6

    Tighten the cable clamp around the installed power cord. Replace the terminal block cover on the rear of the range. Plug the cord into the wall outlet. Push the range back into the opening. Turn the main electrical supply power back on.

Tips and warnings

  • The amperage size of the power cord is dependent on the type and model of range. The actual amperage of the range should be described on the nameplate rating. The nameplate is located on the rear of the range describing the voltage and amperage requirements of the appliance.
  • There are two types of the 40-amp to 50-amp power cord; one type has four blades on the male plug, and the other type has three blades on the male plug. The difference between the two is the four-blade type uses a separate green grounding wire that is physically connected to the range's metal frame. Check with local electrical regulations for your particular grounding and neutral connection requirement.

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