How to Move the Electrical Outlet for a Stove

If you're remodeling your kitchen, you might want to move the location of the stove. But stoves can't be hooked to regular 110-volt electric outlets -- they need to be connected to 220-volt stove outlets. Usually only one is installed in a kitchen, so you may find it necessary to move the outlet so the stove's electrical line can reach it.

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If you're remodeling, you may want to move your stove's location.

Step 1

Turn the power off to the outlet circuit at the home's circuit breaker box. Never attempt to work on a live electrical circuit.

Step 2

Cut your wall boarding or drywall to create a path from the current outlet location to the spot where you want to mount the new outlet. Drill holes through the studs if you'll need to pass the wire through them to reach the new location. Mount a double-sized gang box on a stud at the place you want the new outlet.

Step 3

Unscrew the outlet cover and then unscrew the outlet from the gang box at the old location. Pull the outlet out of the box. Loosen the screw clamps on the outlet that hold the wires and pull the wires off of the outlet.

Step 4

Route a new piece of 6-gauge 3-conductor wire through the path in the wall, going from the old location to the new location. Push the ends of the wire into the gang boxes at each end.

Step 5

Remove three to four inches of the outer jacket from each end of the wire, then 1/2-inch of insulation from the ends of the red, black and white wires in the cable.

Step 6

Match the bare ends of the wires in the original location box together by color: red to red, black to black and white to white. Slip a wire nut over the ends of the paired wires and twist each to the right until they're securely fastened together.

Step 7

Loosen the screw terminals on the outlet. Put the bare end of the white wire into the terminal marked (-) and the red and black wires, one each, into the terminals marked (+). It doesn't matter which wire, black or red, goes into either of the (+) terminals.

Step 8

Push the outlet into the new box and attach to the screw points with the screws supplied with the outlet.