I just got a electric double wall oven to replace a gas one. I'm told that it
draws 30 amps by GE
I have a roll of 10/3 wire copper is this suitable. I need to run about 50ft
to the panel and have a spare 30 in the panel. The unit says 120/240v --
120/208v the pigtail on the unit is bx white red black and ground and says
600v -- Confused !
Thanks for any insight
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If the unit draws 30 amps, you need a wire and breaker to handle at least 40
amp. Code is an 85% load actual on a circuit. That 30A breaker will pop
all the time. Sounds like you need to run 8GA and a 40A breaker.
Actually, it's 80%, and that applies only to continuous loads (which is
defined as maximum current for 3 hours or more).
But I agree that if the oven actually draws 30A, it should be on a 40A circuit
with 8gauge wire.
To the OP: If the oven says it needs a 30A circuit, then the 10gauge wire and
30A breaker you have are fine. "Needs a 30A circuit" and "draws 30A" are not
the same. If you don't understand the difference, you should not be attempting
to do this yourself.
Oh, and the guy who said you could use 12gauge wire? He's dead wrong. Don't
let him anywhere near your wiring. And don't take his advice, either, without
checking it out first with someone who actually knows about this stuff -- he
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Don't go by what someone told you as to the amps drawn. Personally I have
never heard of a double oven that only drew 30 amps, a single oven - yes.
The one I had needed a 50 amp breaker.
Read the manufacturer's name plate where it gives the model, serial number
and power requirements. That is the number you believe.
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