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Electric ovens: do they have to be wired in by an electrician or can they just be plugged in?

I've been offered a second-hand (but still quite new) oven by a friend who's having a new kitchen fitted. How easy is it to get an electric oven working, is it just a case of plugging in it to the socket or is it an electrician job?

Asked By: SLF - 1/25/2007
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You NEVER know what will be required for a connection until you inspect both the unit AND your existing connection. As previously stated, it was assumed by all that you had a free-standing oven/range combo that you are sliding in to replace an existing unit... More
Answered By: wlm_loh - 1/25/2007
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It has a special socket, like an electric dryer. If the socket is there - you can just plug it in. If there is not a socket for it, you will need an electrician to install one for you to plug the stove into.
Answered By: lifesajoy - 1/25/2007
 
You will have to have a 220 plug. It will not plug in to a regular outlet. If there is not a 220 plug there then an electrician can put one in for you.
Answered By: saved_by_grace - 1/25/2007
 
You will need to look at the wall where your oven goes. If there is an overly large electric receptacle there, you can just plug the oven in. If there is not, you will have to have an electrician come and install one for you. Ovens run off of 220 and household receptacles are 110.
Answered By: bubba - 1/25/2007
 
As long as your first oven was electric, just unplug it and plug in the new one. But if you had gas you won't be able to use the new oven.
Answered By: nosycap9 - 1/25/2007
 
If your kitchen has a 220Volt- 50 amp outlet, then you can just plug ion the electric stove and go, however, if you do not have a 220 volt-50 amp outlet, you will need a licensed electrician to install one. This is not a very hard job. Cost would depend upon how far from the electrical panel the kitchen is and if you... More
Answered By: donie_b49 - 1/25/2007
 
Electric Ovens do come with a plug that anyone can attach to the Cord (some even come attached already). If you have a 220 amp outlet, and its configuration is like the cord end on the oven, then you can just plug it in... More
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Answered By: Ron - 1/25/2007
 
a stove is a free standing cooking appliance, an oven is most often referring to a built in oven only. stoves can be plugged in to an outlet made for 240 volts. most built in ovens are hardwired in their cabinet and are not meant to be free standing, not finished on the outside for use as is. so if you mean, stove... More
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Answered By: car dude - 1/25/2007
 
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