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Have just purchased a hotpoint openspace pyrolytic oven. It has a standard 3 core cable on it stating it is fitted with a sealed unit plug. There is no plug and wires have been bared. Is this normal. Is it safe to fit another plug or does the unit require direct wiring via a 45 amp fuse.

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Is this unit new?? Are you in the EU (EU regulations say appliances MUST be fitted with a plug) If it IS new, I would be talking to the supplier!

However, to address your question If it has a standard 3 core cable fitted, then it almost certainly should have a plug on it!

To reassure yourself, just use the simple formula of Watts divided by volts = amps

I'm presuming that you are in the UK (240 volt supply) and the oven is under 3KW (3000 watts)

This being the case 3000 watts divided by 240 volts = 12.5 amps, so you are OK with a 13 amp plug. Anything above a 3KW oven in the UK should have something meatier than a 13amp plug on it.

Of course, there is nothing to STOP you wiring it to a 45 amp outlet, but the fuse rating for the appliance should be matched to its maximum consumption to protect from faults failing to blow a fuse in a timely manner.

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