Installing an outlet for your electric stove can be intimidating. There are so many different types of outlets and it’s easy to make a mistake that could result in a fire or other safety hazard.
But electrical outlets are relatively simple to install, with only a few important guidelines to follow.
First things first: Turn off power at the fuse box or breaker box that supplies electricity to where you’ll be working. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and it will prevent a potentially dangerous situation if you accidentally come into contact with a live wire while installing the outlet.
This article will show you how to install an outlet for your electric stove safely, step by step, using common tools found at any hardware store.
It is possible! You’ll feel confident installing new outlets after reading this guide. Don’t spend money on hiring someone else when you can do the job yourself with our help!
Steps to Install an Outlet for Your Electric Stove
Step 1 – “Purchasing Your Tools”
You’ll need a few tools to install your outlet. First, purchase and bring with you:
- Tool Set: This toolset has all of the essentials needed for installing an outlet. Most stores sell these sets for under $15.
- Stud-Finder: This stud finder will help you to locate the stud. You’ll need to get an electrical box in the right place before you start drilling or screwing anything down.
- Hammer: This hammer will help loosen and tighten your screws as needed during the installation process.
- Screwdriver: Any basic screwdriver can do. If you have a screwdriver with multiple heads, this will help attach the outlet and plug-in.
After you purchase these tools, check to see if they include a drill bit set as well. This will make the job much easier. If not, go ahead and grab one that does!
Step 2 – “Attach the Electrical Box to Your Wall”
To install your outlet, you’ll need to support it. You can mount an electrical box on a wall (a stud) in order to do so. Your electrical box should come with instructions, but here’s a simple guide:
1- Find or locate a stud by using a stud finder. Studs are wood planks found right behind your drywall, and they’re usually every 16 inches apart. They help support whatever is attached to them as well!
2- Use this tool to leave an impression on your drywall where you want your electrical box. Use a pencil to trace the rectangular shape.
3- Drill a hole within your penciled line by using your drill and drill bit. If you have multiple heads, it will be easier to attach the box quickly.
4- Widen that hole with a screwdriver if needed (a little electrical tape can help with overspill). Insert the bottom of your electrical box into this open space. Then secure it in place with the included screws. The outlet should now be supported!
Step 3 – “Attach Your Outlet”
Here you’ll learn how to install an outlet for your electric stove so that it’s safe and works well for you! Proper installation is key when securing any fixture within or around your home. A poorly installed outlet can be a fire hazard!
First, remove the covering on the outlet to attach it to the box and wire. The wires might look a little intimidating (at least, they scared me), but hold your nerves – you’ll do fine! The first step is to strip these wires by using this tool:
1- Peel back the rubber cord sheath with your fingers or pull out any rubber ends above the cover plate that is needed for attaching them. You don’t want these in your way when screwing down your outlet!
2- Use your wire stripper to cut off any plastic from each of your wires’ terminal pieces. Use caution when doing so – the metal is sharp, and you don’t want to cut yourself.
3- Push down each wire into place underneath the outlet cover plate. These plates should be marked with an indicator showing where all of your wires need to go (including ground). If they are not labeled, consult a manual or diagram from your electrical box for help!
4- Use screws to attach the outlet to the electrical box. Make sure that the outlet is perfectly aligned on top of the holes on this plate as well! After attaching it, make sure to turn it clockwise to lock its mounting clips into place. That’s it – you’ve just installed an outlet!
Step 4 – “Connecting Your Outlet to the Wiring”
You’ve now successfully installed an outlet. Now it’s time to connect it to your hot and neutral wires found within the wall behind your kitchen stove or counter. This part can get a little tricky, so be patient with yourself!
1- Turn off your circuit breaker by flipping this switch to prevent any electrical shock. It will also ensure that you don’t cause damage to anything as well!
2- Use a screwdriver and hammer to disconnect these wires from their old attachments. You’ll find them connected on a terminal end of this box that runs straight into your house’s main power source.
3- Strip all three new wires with a wire stripper by using the same tool that you used for your old wires.
4- Attach the two new wires to this box. The neutral one will be attached to the silver terminal, and your hot wire will attach to its brass terminal. These are marked at each location with their corresponding color!
5- Cover up any exposed terminals within this box using a plastic or rubber cap. This ensures that no exposed metal is running all over your kitchen! If you don’t have these caps, you can always cover them up using electrical tape as well – just make sure that they’re not visible out in the open anywhere!
6- After attaching your cap (or tape), find a way to secure this wire into place at its source. You can use plastic zip ties or even twist ties if you want! After securing it in place, cover up any exposed metal using the same items that you used to secure your cap in place.
7- Now you need to attach your new red (hot) and black (neutral) wires onto the terminal ends of this outlet! Connect the end of each wire with their matching colors on these terminals. If one is silver and one is brass colored, connect them accordingly. This may be confusing, but just remember that brass metallic fittings are always hot connections, while silver ones will always be for neutral conduits!
8- Turn the circuit breaker back on by flipping this switch to see if your newly installed outlet is working correctly. If it doesn’t, check over these connections again and make sure they’re tightly secured within their proper places!
9- If it’s all set, then you’ve just successfully connected your new outlet to the hot and neutral wires found within the wall behind your kitchen stove or counter! You can now proceed with attaching it to whatever appliance you want (like a microwave oven or coffee maker)!
I bet you did a great job connecting everything – way to go! Congratulations on finishing up this project!
Features of Electric Stove
• Quickly and easily cook one of your favorite dishes!
• Eliminate the worry of cooking over unhealthy stove-top gas or electricity.
• Electric stoves are available at an affordable price for everyone.
• They use less energy than other traditional stoves.
• Cooking is an art and these appliances help you in doing it perfectly every time.
• Electric stoves are also available with convection technology, which keeps your food juicy and delicious even after cooking! Make sure to check out this feature before buying any electric stove!
Do electric stoves need a special outlet?
No, an electric stove can be plugged into any outlet. The issue that some people might face is if they have a gas stove in their kitchen as well, the electricity may interfere with gas leakage from the pipeline under the ground. This could cause sparks and put you squarely at risk for an explosion.
How much does it cost to install an electric outlet for a stove?
Depending on the wiring, it could cost anywhere from $300 to $2,000 for electrician labor (not including materials) and installation time.
Can I install an electrical outlet myself?
Sure! You’ll need a few tips for easier installation, but any handy person should be able to handle it. The above post will show you how to install an outlet for your electric stove safely, step by step, using common tools found at any hardware store.