We have a really old (probably 20-30 years) Frigidaire Twin 30 (30")
Custom Delux freestanding electric range which was made in one giant
piece (see http://www.picturetrail.com/twinrange /). We will be
replacing this range soon but would like to double check what type of
receptacle and voltage it is using right now. Does anyone know how to
"remove" this giant piece of stove?? Also, after removal, I'm not sure
whether we need another extra 110 volt receptacle to install a seperate
range hood, does anyone know any detailed spec or information about
this specific model of "Frigidaire Twin 30" freestanding range?? Will I
be in trouble if we remove the stove now and find out that we could NOT
install any range hood (ductless models) later?? Many thanks!
Given its obvious age you will likely need a new outlet with additional
standards have changed.
Its highly possible the range hood has its own 120 volt outlet.
in any case just take it out and go from there
It most likely has a cable directly wired into the unit, 50 amp 240 volt.
The current NEC requires a new range to be connected using a range outlet
and cord set. If the feeder is existing and three wire, you are allowed to
use it, however a new installation would require a four wire feeder and
Try pulling out the bottom drawer. You may be able to see the cord or cable
that is feeding it. It could have been hardwired or connected with a plug
and receptacle. It could be a three wire or a four wire feed which doesn't
matter too much for many new electric stoves as they can usually be wired
either way. You will need a different 120 volt line or receptacle for a
range hood or a microwave.
I have found that in my area of New Jersey the older condos and townhouses
that have this type of unit from the builder also have an unused 120 volt
line in the wall behind the upper unit. It seems that the electricians who
originally wired the buildings had planned for the installation of a hood
You could open up the electrical circuit breaker panel and look to see what
kind of wire is feeding the stove. You would see two wires on a circuit
breaker and either one bare or a bare and a white connected to the neutral
bar and maybe ground bar. The alternative is to remove the stove to see
exactly what you have back there.
As was previously stated, you may be able to see the 240 volt plug and
receptacle behind the bottom drawer. There may be a separate fan unit
attached to either the range or cabinet with its own power feed. The
NEC does not allow the fan to be powered from either of the two kitchen
appliance circuits, so it's most likely fed from a general lighting
circuit. That's OK for a standard range hood, but not for an over the
Even if the code permits I would go 4 wire with a plug for the stove,
realizing 3 wire leaves a shock hazard under the right circumstances
and in any case this is in a kitchen probably close to a sink....
For ME the hazard would be too great and if a home inspector spots it
you have a home sale hassle.......
Why not replace the line or at least add the ground wire and 4 prong
plug? The plug is convenient if say a burner needs replaced.
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