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What wire gauge is used for an electric range?

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For USA, Canada and other countries running a 60 Hz supply service.In a single family dwelling voltage drop calculations are not needed for the appliances as the distances are short. A maximum distance of 130 feet can be utilized and the voltage drop will still be under 3% using a #8 AWG copper conductor delivering 40 amps on a 240 volt system.

Most North American homes use a 40 amp breaker for the range fed with a #8 copper wire.


If you had to ask this question here you need to learn more about your local wiring code re all the items you must use for a new household AC power range circuit.

Serious home fires can result from incorrectly installed new circuits.

So that the new installation is safe and legal - and complies with the terms of your home insurance policy - you must use the correct type and size of cable, the correct type of circuit breaker and the correct type of wall outlet.

From the local wiring code, a licensed electrician will know which size of wire to use because the answer depends both on the current to be carried (amps) and on the length of the run from the breakers on the main supply panel to the place where the outlet for the kitchen range is to be fixed.

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You probably shouldn't be installing a range cable if you can't calculate the load and cable size.

Wire size needed depends on the distance from the breaker panel to the outlet for the the range and the power of the range: 5 kW, 8 kW, 12 kW? Each require a different wire size.

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As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,

on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,

always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.




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