Question about Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

I just bought a Range Cord 3-Wire from Ace. It is all gray. I need to know which of the three cords is to be hot, ground, and Neutral.

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Microwave Ovens Master
  • 43,501 Answers

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} Hi,
On a range cord the center is the ground/nuetral and the two sides are both hot...
This tip is for dryers, but they hook exactly like a range...

Here is a tip that will help you with changing your dryer plug.

Dryer Cord and Wiring Dryer 3 Wire or 4 Wire


Posted on Sep 09, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My coffee maker wont turn on

Many coffee makers use neon bulbs to indicate that power is on. These do burn out after a while, but replacement is usually somewhat difficult. In this case, the coffee maker still works; you just don't have the immediate visual indication.

Many of the urn-type coffee pots have problems with the power cord breaking where it goes into the pot. To fix this, you need to remove the bottom, cut the cord where it is broken (on the outside of the pot), strip it back to match the part of the cord remaining inside the pot and crimp on new terminals of the same kind used on the original ends. The hardest part is squeezing the strain relief clamp where the cord enters the pot to remove it, and putting it back on. Study it carefully as it you remove it from the cord so you know how it works. To avoid a repeat of the same problem (and buying a new cord), be careful not twist the cord or bend it too tightly at the strain relief. NOTE: one of the wires in the power cord has a rib on the outer jacket. This is the neutral wire. Make sure it connects to the same place inside the pot as the original neutral.

Other failure points are at the power switch, or (rarely) the heater element. I've seen a programmable coffee maker with a burned-out relay (magnetic switch in a black plastic box on the circuit board). The clock and timer worked, but the heater wasn't getting any power. That part is about $5.

The easiest way to identify the problem is with an ohmmeter. Start by removing the bottom of the coffee maker (unplug it first!). Identify the heater terminals (the heater looks like a small version of the one in your oven and has either screw or slip-on terminals). Connect one of the ohmmeter test leads to each heater terminal to measure the heater resistance (typically 5 - 20 Ohms). If you have a basic (non-programmable) coffee maker, turn on the power switch and measure the resistance from each terminal to each prong on the plug. You should read either nearly zero ohms, or the heater resistance plus not more than a few tenths of an ohm. If you read open to one prong of the plug, you are on the track. Trace where the wire from that heater terminal goes. If it goes to the power switch, check the resistance of the power switch in the on position. If the reading is more than a couple of tenths of an ohm, the switch has dirty contacts, or it's broken or burned out. If you have a good connection from the heater to the power line side of the switch, but you get open from there to the hot side of the plug, the power cord is bad. Likewise, if you get an open reading from the other heater terminal to the neutral side of the plug, the cord is bad.

Programmable coffee makers have a similar troubleshooting procedure, except that you have to check for live AC voltage with the pot plugged in - this is not something to try if you aren't trained in the safe way to do this.

Sep 09, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Thanks for taking my question. Model Info: Whirlpool Accubake system electric range Super Capacity 465...... my wife moved the range to clean behind and it sparked at the plug and blew the breaker. ...

try fitting a new plug. if you do cut back the cord back at least 3 inches try it again. before you do check socket with another appliance.let me know if that fixed it or not

Jul 26, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

It does not get hot nor does the table turn, it is 3 yers old. Can it be repaired or is there an emergency switch to turnit off if it gets to hot that I can reset? It is Fridgidaire over the range with a...

Thank you for using FixYa,
There is no emergency switch to turn the microwave off if it gets too hot, but there are several fuses inside which may have "blown". If nothing is working at all i.e. no light , no turntable, no heat it sounds like the main fuse has gone. With the outer casing off, follow the main power cord into the microwave and within about 5 or 10 cm from where the cord enters there should be a fuse ( generally glass) the size of the fuse will be printed on the end caps of the fuse.

Well worth repairing.

Hope this helps

Mar 05, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Did Thermador range model ESC30 require 240 volts?

I searched this model,but all i could figure out is that it requires a 3-wire 40 amp cord .wich i believe is used for 240 volt applications.sorry couldnt be more help

Oct 11, 2010 | Thermador Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

I need to replace the existing 3-phase (with 4 prongs) lead on my (old) defy 621s stove with a single-phase lead (with 3 prongs) as my flat is not able to support 3 phase power. Can anybody tell me how...


This is for a dryer but the range is the same...

Here is a tip that will help you with changing your dryer plug.

Dryer Cord and Wiring Dryer 3 Wire or 4 Wire


Sep 30, 2010 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Hello I just bought a Kenmore Electric Range and I am now installing it in my kitchen. I am attempting to connect the power to the range. I have a large romex looking wire coming from the house wall....

Are you trying to connect your range to a 3-wire source, using a 4-wire cord? I'm a little confused on your symptoms. Normally you have a 2 HOT leads and a NEUTRAL/GROUND (3-wire) in older homes. In newer homes you have 2 HOT leads, a separate NEUTRAL and a separate GROUND (4-wire).

The following link explains the difference between the two configurations and how they should be correctly wired:

New construction homes built after the year 2000 REQUIRE the use of a 4-wire plug and are usually readily wired at the receptacle to accommodate. If your existing receptacle already has a 3-wire configuration you do not need to re-wire it, however. The easiest solution would be to purchase a 3-wire power cord that matches the receptacle you have.

Read through the link provided and post back and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you solve your problem.

May 22, 2010 | Microwave Ovens

1 Answer

Brand new microwave trips circuit as soon as it is plugged in, but does not trip the circuit the microwave is on

sounds to me like there is a reverse polarity somewhere ... Id be looking inside as how the power cord connects.

If you plug it in and blows the breaker, must be hot wire to ground.

Please let me know what you find.

I hope this helps sort your trouble out.


Oct 01, 2009 | Microwave Ovens

2 Answers

Microwave wont work on generator power!

PLEASE CHECK THE POWER CONSUMPTION ON THE APPLIANCE i think it might be a lot more than ur gen set can supply

Jul 08, 2009 | Whirlpool 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range...

2 Answers

Where do wires connect???

Black is neg, Red is pos, and White is neutral or ground.

Apr 30, 2009 | Microwave Ovens

Not finding what you are looking for?
Microwave Ovens Logo

Related Topics:

68 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Microwave Ovens Experts

William Miller
William Miller

Level 3 Expert

9047 Answers


Level 2 Expert

225 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76164 Answers

Are you a Microwave Oven Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides