Power Cords and Hard Wiring for New Cooking Appliances

You've got your eye on a new range, cooktop, or wall oven. You're excited. It'll look perfect in your newly remodeled kitchen. There's something you need to consider before purchasing, though. Be certain you research how the appliance is powered.

If this is the first time you're buying a range, cooktop, or wall oven, or if you haven't shopped for one for some time, you might be under the impression that they're plug and play. This is not always the case.

Different appliances may use different cords depending on certain requirements. Some cooking appliances might do away with the power cord completely and necessitate hard wiring. Let's first look at different cord options.

How do I choose a power cord?

Choosing the correct power accessory for your corded appliance is relatively easy since there aren't that many options. Most manufacturers offer their own brand of cord meant for a particular appliance as a separately purchased item. However, if you need a replacement, Appliances Connection sells a variety of cords here.

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First, find out the amperage (amp) requirement for the appliance. Most conventional units only have a 40 amp requirement. However, more power-hungry models such as large professional-style ranges and induction cooktops can require 50 amp.

Make sure your cord amp tolerance is adequate for the appliance's needs as a power overload could be extremely hazardous.

Next, it's important to find out whether your kitchen has a 3-pronged outlet or a 4-pronged outlet. This normally depends on when the electrics in your kitchen were installed.

3-Prong Plug
4-Prong Plug

If your kitchen was built in the last 10 - 15 years, it's most likely that it will feature a 4-pronged outlet. Many kitchens built in the 1990s and before usually have 3-pronged outlet. Don't forget to look at the specs of the range cord before purchasing.

Hard Wiring

Many newer built-in ranges, wall ovens, and cooktops require hard wiring rather than a power cord. This entails splicing the appliance directly into your home's wiring, usually through a junction box.

Hard Wiring

Your best bet is to leave this sort of installation to the professionals as those inexperienced with electrical work may risk injury. Depending on your location, for a nominal fee Appliances Connection offers expert installation services of new appliances. You can find further details here.


If you purchased a new range, cooktop, or wall oven expecting it to include a power cord and it arrives without one, don't worry. It's only because there is no way for manufacturers to know the electrical configuration of your home.

Recommended Accessories

We at Appliances Connection are always happy to point you in the right direction. Go to the product page for your appliance. In the "Recommended Accessories" section, you'll find exactly what you need. See above for an example.

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