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How do you hardwire a built in oven if the previous oven ...

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How do you hardwire a built in oven if the previous oven used a 3 prong plug?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Michael L....JA Appliance Repairman replied 9 years ago.

Question, can you tell me why you need to hardwire it in?

 

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Michael L.......JA Appliance Repair's Post: Well I am replacing a microwave oven with a convection microwave oven. Before I order the unit I wanted to estimate how difficult it would be to put the new unit in and whether I needed an electrician or not. The installation instructions call for a junction box and to actually hardwire the micro/oven to the junction box. Currently I have a regular electrical outlet in the built-in area.
Expert:  Michael L....JA Appliance Repairman replied 9 years ago.
Can you tell me the make and model, I would like to see what they are trying to tell you.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Michael L.......JA Appliance Repair's Post: Yes, it is a KitchenAid 30" Built in Microwave, Architect Series II Model KBHS109SSS
Expert:  Michael L....JA Appliance Repairman replied 9 years ago.

ok, in where you placed the existing plug in already, you have the following colors correct

red

black

white

green

Correct?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Michael L.......JA Appliance Repair's Post: It is a normal household electrical outlet with cover. I could plug a hairdryer or my current microwave into it.....3 prong outlet. I have not removed the cover. It would require completely removing the microwave (a 2 person job)and removing the outlet cover et al.

Our house is 11 years old. So the plugs are standard for that time frame.
Expert:  Michael L....JA Appliance Repairman replied 9 years ago.

Hi and Welcome to Just Answer,

 

Ok, let's take a look at this;

 

Here is how I am reading this, you will need to run a new line to your Microwave, this needs to be a black, and red, both hot and on a maximum of a 20 amp breaker each.

 

Then you will need to run a white and a ground

See the pictures this is not a standard 110 hookup, and your plugin will not work, sorry

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You will defiantly want to have a electrician run this for you. This is going to be quite a job

 

If you need more help Let me know

 

 

 

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Michael L.......JA Appliance Repair's Post: So let me make sure I understand. I will need to have this on a seperate circuit breaker(s) 20amps each. Which would require an electrician to install a new set of wires (one black and one red both hot). What should I expect to pay for something of this nature?
Expert:  Michael L....JA Appliance Repairman replied 9 years ago.

Yes,

the white is the neutral, green is the ground, and black and red are hot.

Any time you need to do this it could get costly, I would suggest if the home is yours, you might see if you have a electrician friend that can assist you.

Depending on the distance I would say that it can run no less the $300 and up, That's saying it was a close run.

If the power box is far away it can start adding up quick, the cable, labor to run it the distance can really add up.

I am sorry to have to be the barrier of bad news, but again, this will be quite a job

 

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