Shane Gannaway on July 31, 2015 9 Comments When purchasing a new range, whether it is electric or gas, there are a few things you need to know about the power cord for your range, starting with why you can’t find one in the box with your new unit. Unlike washing machines and refrigerators, there is not a standard electric code or outlet type for ranges. Range manufacturers choose not to include a power cord with the range because they do not know for sure which type of cord you will need based on the type of outlet and amperage needed. Older homes will have an outlet receptacle that accommodates a three prong cord, newer homes have an outlet receptacle that accommodates a four prong cord. If you choose to install the power cord yourself you can purchase a universal power cord that fits your outlet and amperage needs at a local home improvement store. Keep in mind some ranges have to be professionally hardwired. Can I Use the Power Cord from the Range I’m Replacing? It depends. It is certainly possible to use the cord from an old range as long as it is still in safe working order with very minimal wear and tear. There should not be any wiring exposed, tears, or cracks. You will also want to make sure the cord and your breaker can handle the amps from your new range. It is important to keep in mind that a power cord connected to your stove is dealing with a lot of energy. While there is nothing inherently dangerous about using an older, near-mint power cord–as long as it’s compatible with your new unit–you should keep in mind that even the tiniest exposed wiring could be a potential fire hazard. But, if everything checks out, there is no reason to not just use your previous power cord for your new range. Self-Installation vs. Professional Installation The next choice you need to make has to do with the method of installation. Installing a power cord is fairly simple, but it involves hooking up wires and maybe even removing a copper strip. Just the sight of the setup can make those who are not familiar with wiring hesitate. But it’s important not to stress! There should be directions from the manufacturer that come with your range. As long as these are read and thoroughly followed, installation should be easy, safe, and painless. If you do decide to install the power cord yourself there are a couple of things you can do to make the whole process more manageable. For instance, you can find a universal power cord to make the process a little easier. Or you can look up the exact kind of model range you purchased and determine the amperage you’ll be using and the outlet you have in your home to find a more precise fit. After that, you just need to follow the manufacturer’s directions that came with your range to properly install the cord and get your range working. There are even helpful guides and videos online that offer tips and tricks to make installing your new range and power cord as simple as possible. If installing a new power cord still doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, have no fear. Although it may cost some money, having your cord and range professionally installed can save you a lot of stress. Your electrician will know what cord to use and how to properly install it, and they should be able to answer any questions you might have as to the longevity of your particular cord and outlet. Don’t Stress If you have just purchased a brand new range and only now discovered that no power cord comes with it, don’t stress. Manufacturers do not provide a cord because they cannot guarantee which one you will need. With a little research you can find the information you need to purchase a cord that properly matches with your range. First, identify whether you need a three-prong or four-prong cord. Remember to take note of the amperage. Then choose whether or not you want to install your cord and range yourself or whether you want to hire a professional electrician to do it for you. If your range requires hardwiring, you will probably need a professional electrician to do that for you. Remember, even if you thrive off DIY projects, your power cord is responsible for a lot power and energy, and the installation shouldn’t be dealt with lightly if you don’t know what you’re doing. It will definitely save you time and trouble if you can try to identify the type of cord you will need before your range needs to be installed. This will make the actual day of installation go all the more smoothly. While the whole operation may seem like a daunting task initially, with a little work and effort, your new electric or gas range should be working efficiently and safely.