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Quattro 01-22-2007 12:02 PM

Kitchen wiring questions!
Hey all!

I spent some time at my breaker box over the weekend, re-routing some basement circuits and fixing some things the previous owner screwed up. :mad:

Overall, I was able to "gain" one 20A circuit. This is good, because my kitchen remodel is going to require at least one more circuit. On to the questions:

1. Should the new fridge have it's own circuit, or can it share with something else? It is a fairly standard GE unit with freezer on the bottom (no dispenser, but it does have ice maker)...brand new.

2. Can the new over-the-range microwave share the same circuit as the electric-light cooktop? The cooktop is gas, but will need juice for ignition. I assume this is OK.

3. The current range/oven has a dual 40A breaker, and I think 4/3 wiring (or is that 6/3?). We're replacing that with a double wall-oven. Can I just use this same circuit?
I hope so!

That's it for now.


petey_racer 01-22-2007 05:30 PM

1) Doesn't have to but should. It is always a good idea to have the fridge dedicated.

2) It is a very common, and legal, to have an OTR micro and gas range clicker receptacle sharing a circuit.

3) Can't say for sure without specs of the new oven. But...I would all but guarantee the existing circuit will be fine if 6/3 .
Check the requirements of the new oven. This is key.

Quattro 01-29-2007 01:04 PM

Just checked the cable running to the's 8/3! Still haven't looked at the new oven specs (it's still in the box in the garage).

Thanks for the help, petey!

Snoonyb 01-29-2007 10:31 PM

Visit the MFG. web site, there will be a PDF with almost all the information.

petey_racer 01-30-2007 05:16 AM


Originally Posted by Quattro (Post 7786)
Just checked the cable running to the's 8/3!

As long as the oven is rated at 12Kw or less you are fine.

Quattro 01-30-2007 07:36 AM

Thanks guys! The online manual says 7.2Kw @ 240V. I think I'm set.

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