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Need to replace drop in range

I have a Kenmore drop in range and i need to replace it. Shopping i have discovered that drop ins come in different sizes and are very difficult to find. I have a Kenmore model 911455881C and want to replace it with another drop in. The local stores, Lowes, Home Depot, and Sears were no help.

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  • trooper984 May 11, 2009

    I ordered a new Kenmore drop in from Sears. Thanks for your help, knowing how to disconnect will save a lot of time looking.

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All you have to do is make sure you have the same drop in top as the hole cut for it. Measure the opening, and then measeure flange to flange on the one you have. The flange will be 1/2" or so bigger than the hole; that's what holds it in.

They are ususall 30 or 36" wide. It doesn't have to be a Kenmore, just match the color to everything else.

Need to know how to disconnect it?

Dan

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • Dan Todd May 12, 2009

    Disconnecting can be dangerous. You'll be dealing with 240 volts. Go to your circuit breaker panel and turn off the double breaker marked range. If you aren't sure, or it isn't marked, be safe and turn off all double breakers that are from 40 amps on up.



    You'll be dealing with thick wires, probably 10 or 8 gauge. Lift up the drop in and you'll see conduit coming out of the wall to a box on the bottom of the range. Opening it will reveal 3 or 4 wires depending upon how old it is.



    Your new drop in should match it, unless your old drop in is pretty old. The new drop in will have a box on the underside. It will also have a hole in the box where the old conduit will go. It must be securely fastened like the old conduit.



    There should be a plate on the box you unscrew which will reveal the wires. Remove any tape and unscrew the wire nuts. Pull the wires out of the box and remove the old drop in.



    There should be wire nuts big enough to handle the wires you have on the new drop in. Match them one at a time, making sure no stray pieces of strand are sticking out of the wire nut. Take a strong pair of pliars and twist each set of two wires of the same color together securely, then put the wire nut over the ends and twist until it is so tight it doesn't move.



    It wouldn't hurt to wrap each wire nut and the wires together with black electricians tape. When done, stuff them all back inside the box and screw the plate back on.



    Now you are ready to slip the new drop in into the cut out. If everything matched, and you had the same number of wires in the old drop in as the new one, and you have the wires routed through the box and wire nuts on, then you should now be ready to turn the breakers on.



    One note of caution: This is a job normally done by an electrician who has a lot of experience. If you don't feel you can do it, or the old drop in has different wires than the new one, STOP. Call someone in to wire it together for you.



    But if everything looks the same, and you get it hooked up like these instructions say, you should be alright. If you turn the breaker(s) back on and the one for the range immediately kicks off, go no further. Call for help.



    Good luck, and if you take a look before you begin to dismantle and things don't look right, post back on this forum.

  • Dan Todd May 12, 2009

    Disconnecting can be dangerous. You'll be dealing with 240 volts. Go to your circuit breaker panel and turn off the double breaker marked range. If you aren't sure, or it isn't marked, be safe and turn off all double breakers that are from 40 amps on up.



    You'll be dealing with thick wires, probably 10 or 8 gauge. Lift up the drop in and you'll see conduit coming out of the wall to a box on the bottom of the range. Opening it will reveal 3 or 4 wires depending upon how old it is.



    Your new drop in should match it, unless your old drop in is pretty old. The new drop in will have a box on the underside. It will also have a hole in the box where the old conduit will go. It must be securely fastened like the old conduit.



    There should be a plate on the box you unscrew which will reveal the wires. Remove any tape and unscrew the wire nuts. Pull the wires out of the box and remove the old drop in.



    There should be wire nuts big enough to handle the wires you have on the new drop in. Match them one at a time, making sure no stray pieces of strand are sticking out of the wire nut. Take a strong pair of pliars and twist each set of two wires of the same color together securely, then put the wire nut over the ends and twist until it is so tight it doesn't move.



    It wouldn't hurt to wrap each wire nut and the wires together with black electricians tape. When done, stuff them all back inside the box and screw the plate back on.



    Now you are ready to slip the new drop in into the cut out. If everything matched, and you had the same number of wires in the old drop in as the new one, and you have the wires routed through the box and wire nuts on, then you should now be ready to turn the breakers on.



    One note of caution: This is a job normally done by an electrician who has a lot of experience. If you don't feel you can do it, or the old drop in has different wires than the new one, STOP. Call someone in to wire it together for you.



    But if everything looks the same, and you get it hooked up like these instructions say, you should be alright. If you turn the breaker(s) back on and the one for the range immediately kicks off, go no further. Call for help.



    Good luck, and if you take a look before you begin to dismantle and things don't look right, post back on this forum.

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