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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

You probably have a heating element with deteriorated insulation. The heating element in your oven is a length of wire inside a metal tube filled with magnesium oxide. When the heating element heats ...
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What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Since this is in Germany, I would assume the following (this is a very common situation): Behind the current oven+hob combo, there is a box on the wall with five wires and three-phase service ("...
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What could cause kerosene-like odor from a gas oven/range?

What is happening is called product of combustion. Somewhere around in the house or near the house someone used or opened some sort of stain, paint, varnish or comparable compound including cleaners. ...
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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

Don't do it. Ceramic is a poor thermal insulator. It's dense. It'll absorb a lot of heat, then it'll hold that heat. Against your refrigerator. Which will cause more problems than you originally had. ...
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Stove top ground wire connected to neutral wire

Many years ago, electrical was done without ground wires. Range/ovens need 240V for all the stuff that makes heat, and 120V for the oven light (so you can use readily available bulbs). Because of ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

A nearly 40 year old power cord is going to be nasty. Dust, grease, possibly cracked insulation internally, possibly asbestos insulation if the "original" cord was itself recycled. All are fine unless ...
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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

I think DrSparks has it: the fact that one side of the breaker gets hot only supports it IMO. Though it might still be a bad breaker, and you do have work to do there. See where 2 of the breakers ...
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What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Well, on the one hand that is (to me) an odd setup (since the counter continues in front of the cooktop, the cooktop is drop-in, but dropped in on top of the oven and apparently connected to it, an ...
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My lights does not work unless you turn the stove on

Call the power company and report an outage You lost one of your phases of power. This is almost always a problem at the power company's end of the wire. When you turn your oven on, it has the ...
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What kind of terminal is this, and how can I fix it?

It is called a spade connector, or spade lug terminal. You are holding a female connector. You can purchase these at an electronics supply shop. As you might expect, they are available in a ...
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Electrical hook up for new stove top

You can keep the existing wiring and breaker Range loads are computed from their wattage, based on the rules in NEC's Table 220.55. In particular, since 422.10(A) paragraph 4 explicitly permits range ...
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Should I put tiles on refrigerator to protect against nearby heat?

Get a sheet of cement board, attach the tiles to that as you normally would and insert the panel between the stove and the fridge. maybe put a wooden frame around it for looks and some durability.
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Is it really okay to hardwire a range (oven/stove) like this? Should I add an outlet?

Yes it should be in a junction box. It can be hard wired but that takes a cover plate and a strain relief. This is uncommon at least in my code area. The common method is at minimum 3 wires 2 hot and ...
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Stove and oven on same circuit?

See table 220.55 in the NEC, as well as footnote 4 to that table: Branch-Circuit Load. It shall be permissible to calculate the branch-circuit load for one range in accordance with Table 220.55. ...
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The hotplate light on my stove

That is probably normal (with a small possibility of being a defect). The hot indicator is precisely that, and is designed to turn off only after all spots have definitely cooled. And it may not ...
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Germany: Is it legal to connect a gas oven to a gas tank manually?

Update: the stove you refer to is an outdoor gas stove. You don't even need to talk to anyone, using thas stove indoors will violate all kinds of regulations and will pose a huge safety hazard to you. ...
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Improve adjustability of gas stove

Propane and Natural Gas Are Supplied at Different Pressures A propane stove orifice size is about 0.082 inches (drill size 45), but the valve on a similar stove that uses natural gas needs an orifice ...
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What amp breaker for 4500w electrical oven and 9600w induction cooktop on same circuit

Table 220.55 and combining appliances Since you're replacing a range with a cooktop+oven as separates, we start with NEC Table 220.55 Note 4: Branch-Circuit Load. It shall be permissible to calculate ...
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Help with oven and breaker!

There are, broadly speaking, 4 different possible problems: The oven The previous oven may have had an electrical problem, but it is very unlikely that a new oven would have a problem. If the ...
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What material is used to create oven/cooker kitchen cabinets?

Every oven / cooker manufacturer will provide you with clearances that clearly state the distances needed on all sides of the appliances between the appliance and adjacent surfaces for safety. Please ...
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How can I childproof this 1957 cooktop?

You may not be able to find a timer that's designed to directly switch that much, but you can find a timer that switches a lot less, and use it to switch the coil of a relay that can switch whatever ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

A big reason: the old cord (and receptacle) may be obsolete and dangerous. Your connectors will look slightly different, since they are probably -50 instead of -30, that number being the amp rating. ...
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Can I increase gas pressure to a stove?

The stove will have a gas regulator on it, so assuming that it is performing as-expected, you cannot increase the pressure in order to generate more heat. The stove is designed to accept a range of ...
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

Bottom line is NO, you definitely cannot do what you propose. You CANNOT parallel a circuit like this of this size. It is expressly forbidden in the NEC, and could very well be a safety hazard. If ...
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Frigidaire gas range - first use. Is it packing material?

You need to read through your owners manual. Set up procedures should tell you everything you need to know.
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Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?

The water apparently got inside the stove and caused a short. If there was a fuse inside there that blew, the breaker wouldn't have tripped. The breaker is detecting the excessive current to the ...
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Asbestos in 2005 pellet stove?

It doesn't look like asbestos; it also does not seem likely that a stove manufactured that recently would incorporate asbestos in a "user serviceable" area. Problem is that some countries still do not ...
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Does a 3/8 valve instead of a 1/2 valve on a gas stove matter?

As long as the oven only needs the output from 3/8" then there is no issue with this at all. I would think that that 3/8" could supply any home oven (that's still a lot of gas) so I don't think there ...
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50 amp stove? and it appears to be gas

The stove may be one of the more modern types known as having "dual fuel". I have one of those and the cook top burners above are using natural gas while the oven operates on electricity. In fact even ...
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Why does my propane oven emit a chemical smell when in use?

Pull the oven burner and check for lint or any thing that could partially block the air inlet at the burner venturi. If you can see the flame, It should be blue and have a definite pattern not yellow ...
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