How to Change an Oven's Power Cable

Jul 25, 2023, 18:29pm

The stove oven is an electrical appliance equipped with two resistors which operates on an internal heating system and which allows food to be cooked. This appliance is essential to the kitchen, so it is important to ensure that all its parts are always in good condition.

It has a cord – also called the power cable – which performs a fundamental function: the transport of electrical current to the device’s power supply system. It is an intermediary that connects the device to a power source. This cable has three wires:

  • a phase, usually red or brown in color,
  • a neutral always blue,
  • and a green-yellow ground.

After a period of use, you may encounter problems with the power cable. A breakdown on a power cord is often due to its wear. However, for one reason or another, it can be cut inside the sheath, where wires can touch each other and cause short circuits. The two ends of the cable are the most fragile, because it often happens that they are bent or twisted in these places, which weakens the interior.

When the failure of the device is in the power cord, you may notice that:

  • the device does not start at all,
  • the oven does not want to start cooking,
  • the display is defective,
  • no program is launched,
  • the current does not reach the power supply system,
  • the cord is torn in places,
  • the cord is broken,
  • the cord is cut.

The operation being simple you can do it by yourself.

The power cable is located at the rear of the oven. It runs from the inside of the device to the outside and always ends with a mains socket.

How to Change an Oven's Power Cable

Changing the power cable of an oven might be necessary if the original has become damaged or worn out. It’s a straightforward task, but it involves working with electricity, so it must be done with extreme caution.

Disclaimer: This guide is for informational purposes only. Working with electrical appliances carries the risk of electric shock. Always unplug appliances before attempting any repairs, and if you’re uncomfortable with these procedures, or if your oven’s warranty still applies, hire a professional.

Tools You Might Need

  1. New oven power cable (ensure it’s compatible with your oven model)
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Wire cutter (if needed)
  4. Wire stripper (if needed)

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Purchase the Right Power Cable

Before you begin, you’ll need to purchase the correct power cable for your oven model. These can often be found at appliance repair shops or online.

Step 2: Disconnect the Oven

First and foremost, ensure that the oven is completely disconnected from the power source. This means unplugging the oven from the wall socket. If the oven is hardwired into the home electrical system, you may need to switch off the appropriate breaker in the electrical panel.

Step 3: Remove the Old Power Cable

Next, locate the point where the power cable enters the oven, usually on the back. There should be a panel secured by screws. Remove this panel to expose the connections between the oven and the power cable.

Before disconnecting the wires, take a picture or make a note of the connections to ensure that you reconnect the new cable correctly. After that, remove the screws or nuts that hold the cable’s wires to the oven’s terminals. Pull the old cable free.

Step 4: Attach the New Power Cable

Strip the ends of the new cable’s wires if they aren’t already prepared. Following the picture or notes from the previous step, connect the new power cable’s wires to the appropriate terminals on the oven. Tighten the screws or nuts to secure the connections.

Step 5: Reattach the Panel

Once the new power cable is connected, reattach the panel you removed earlier to protect the connections.

How to Change an Oven's Power Cable

Step 6: Reconnect the Oven

Finally, plug in the oven or switch the breaker back on to reconnect the oven to the power source.

Step 7: Test the Oven

After reconnecting the oven, turn it on to make sure it’s working correctly. If the oven doesn’t power up or if you notice any unusual sounds or smells, immediately disconnect the power and consult with a professional.

In conclusion, while changing an oven’s power cable is a straightforward process, it must be done with care due to the risks associated with working with electricity. If you are at all uncomfortable with this task, it’s always best to call a professional. Safety should always be your top priority.