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to connect my new electric cooker myself

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CandiceSmith Sat 21-Nov-15 15:33:13

Am buying a new electric cookerfrom Cutrrys. They want £70 to connect it. Can't imagine an electrician would be much cheaper.

Surely its just a case of turning the electricity off at the mains; unscrewing the big grey wire from the old cooker and connecting it in the same way to the new one.

AIBU to connect it myself?

BrucieTheShark Sat 21-Nov-15 15:36:20

I did this but it can be harder than it sounds. Do some research - disconnect the old cooker and have a look at the wires.

I managed it in the end.

OBVIOUS NOTE: turn off all the power before you do anything at all with it.

EeyoresTail Sat 21-Nov-15 15:36:03

I'd be worried about electrocuting myself or anyone using it shock

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 21-Nov-15 15:37:54

i certainly would

it's essentially the same rules as wiring a plug. One thing to watch for is appliance wiring is blue for neutral, brown for live, green/yellow for earth but house wiring is black for neutral, red for live and bare copper/green and yellow for earth, so don't let that put you off.

strip your wires nicely, make sure you don't have excess to tyr and tuck away


Mintyy Sat 21-Nov-15 15:39:06

Why risk it for £70.00?

CoraBeth Sat 21-Nov-15 15:39:55

I wouldn't.
I just found out that ours was incorrectly installed by Comet. (three years ago)
Hot point informed us that at any point we could have been electrocuted!
They used a totally unsuitable wire.
What is even more annoying is that there is no more Comet.
Get a professional smile

pinkdelight Sat 21-Nov-15 15:47:30

We had one installed yesterday. AO charged £79 but we got a local electrician to do it for £40. I wouldn't do it myself. Could void the warranty or worse.

lexigrey Sat 21-Nov-15 15:49:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

magimedi Sat 21-Nov-15 15:58:19

Can't resist this poem by Hillaire Belloc:

Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light
Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right!
It is the business of the wealthy man
To give employment to the artisan.


(But I do think £70 is a bloody rip off)

ottothedog Sat 21-Nov-15 16:05:36

Sounds fine if you are vaguely handy diy wise

Secretprincess Sat 21-Nov-15 16:27:15

I believe it is illegal now to install some electrical items (obviously not things you just plug in) so you might want to check that first

MummaV Sat 21-Nov-15 16:56:24

I know it's illegal to install gas appliances yourself, I'm not sure if the same applies to hardwired electricals or not.
Best to look into the legalities and how it would sit with the guarantee before doing it yourself.

WorraLiberty Sat 21-Nov-15 16:59:40

Run the make and model through Google and find out if there's a video tutorial online.

gingerdad Sat 21-Nov-15 17:03:13

Under part p regulations I think you'll be breaking the law.

x2boys Sat 21-Nov-15 17:25:40

I got a new electric oven about six months ago dh was talking about connecting it something about hardwiring ? I was a bithmm we got an electrician out of the paper in the end it cost £30!

PigletJohn Sat 21-Nov-15 17:32:46

no you won't

"Approved Document P 2013 (link not working today)

See Scope, 2.2

And Notifiable Work, 2.5

Let me know if you can find anything that covers "connecting a cooker to an existing outlet"

PigletJohn Sat 21-Nov-15 17:35:45

(Clue: 2.8)

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sat 21-Nov-15 17:55:44

Can I ask while people who are here who may know - how big a job is it to fit an electric oven which is hard wired for the first time. Current one is plugged in with a normal plug. New one which is coming has no plug.

I'm happy to pay an electrician but there is nothing for them to hardwire it into! So will this be a very expensive job? More than £40?

x2boys Sat 21-Nov-15 18:02:23

Mine was the same the electrician brought his own wire it took about 5-10 mins cost about £30 .

PigletJohn Sat 21-Nov-15 18:03:44


When you say "Oven" you might mean "cooker" or you might mean an oven which cannot use a 13Amp plug, perhaps because it is a double oven.

In which case you will need a new circuit, which is Notifiable Work (2.5 12A) so you need an electrician who is a member of a self-certification scheme such as NICEIC.

possibly it can be added to your existing consumer unit if there is space, if not you may need a replacement or additional one. Your main bonds will need to be checked and possibly replaced.

You may need an RCBO

The new cable might be chased into the wall, put under the floor, or hidden behind kitchen units.

Cookingongas Sat 21-Nov-15 18:06:28

An electrician will be cheaper. £70 is a joke. £40 standard call out is the norm.

( though I would do it myself- it is easy. but I do have some electrical knowledge and experience)

DamnBamboo Sat 21-Nov-15 18:08:56

And this is why you need part P certified work done!
People think that a skilled trade, like that of an electrician, is easy to do!

It's £70, honestly!

Topseyt Sat 21-Nov-15 18:11:53

Simon, is there not a specific cooker circuit in your house? Do you mean that the oven you are using plugs simply into the ring main?

Cookers are powerful enough to need their own circuit, with special tough wiring. In order for a new cooker to be wired in properly, you may have to have a cooker circuit fitted if you do not have one.

OP, do you happen to know a local electrician who you would trust? I have a very good one living just a few doors along our road. He has sorted out a number of problems for me in my current house. He also connected up my current oven and fixed the cooker circuit (badly fitted by kitchen fitters years before I bought the house).

For connecting the oven I think I paid him about £45 or £50 in cash.

Personally speaking, I would prefer to get in someone professional as they are very powerful appliances if you do get it wrong.

VulcanWoman Sat 21-Nov-15 18:27:11

I did mine, copied what was already there.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sat 21-Nov-15 18:56:05

The current single oven is very old and I dnt think very strong. Afaik it just plugs into an ordinary socket.

The new one is still a single oven but doesn't have a plug. It says it requires hard wiring. I don't think I have a cooker/oven circuit. I have no idea if there's space on the consumer unit or not. I don't even know what a consumer unit is. I'm hoping it won't be an expensive job.

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