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Hi all,

I appreciate that this is a question that has been answered a lot but each response I could find was for slightly different set up to mine, so hoping you guys might be able to advise. If any work is needed I will get an electrician out, but don't really want to take time off work and waste his time if nothing needs doing.

I have just bought a new oven which has the self clean and realised that it is a 16A oven where my last one was 13a. The previous one was hard wired in.

The oven specs are:

Grill 3100W
Hot air heating element 2300W
Top Heat 1100W
Bottom Heat 1100W
Power Circuit 3600W

I also have a hob rated 5800W

My current set up is a dedicated cooker RCBO with 32A at the consumer unit, this runs about 2.5 meters to a dedicated oven isolation switch above the counter which then runs to a white junction box underneath the counter where it splits with one cable going to the hob and one to the previous oven.

So I am just trying to work out if anything what I may need to change to allow my new oven to safely work, I have a feeling the 32A RCBO might need changing but i'm getting confused if you have to lower it to 16A to match the oven or up it because of the KW output.

Not that it makes much difference but as its only me and the girlfriend occasionally, I have never used more than the standard oven and 1 hob ring at the same time in the 2 years I have lived there.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated and if any more info is required to make a judgement please let me know.

Thanks
 
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Sounds like you should use a spark to wire it in if this is your question. It'll take him no time if you get the kitchen as ready as you can without touching the electrics
 

Midwest

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Hi @Fletch77 & welcome.

For your new oven a diversity factor can be applied, which give its suggested maximum operating load, but it seems the manufacturer has already done this by suggesting max load of 16A?

Together with your existing hob of 5800W, which I calculate a load of 14.5A, so both appliances in use together would be just over 30A.

Does your cooker isolator have a socket outlet? If not, as your existing oven supply is 32A (I'm surmising it is a suitable 32A supply cable etc), I would say it would be safe to reconnect your new oven.

How old is your existing installation? It may just be worth verifying everything is in order, via an electrician before proceeding.
 
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Hi Midwest,

Thank you so much for the help. The cooker isolator switch does not have a socket attached. The wiring looks to be 6mm so I’m pressuring this is ok? I think the wiring was probably done around 20 years ago when it was converted into a flat, howere the consumer unit was replaced in 2016.

I may well call an electrician then just to have a look over.
 
Your wires might be old colours too. If you're going to do it yourself check old wire colours compared to new. Might save you some confusion
 

dksanders

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What size cable is the cooker circuit run in?
What does the manufacturers instructions for the new oven say regarding supply parameters?
 
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What size cable is the cooker circuit run in?
What does the manufacturers instructions for the new oven say regarding supply parameters?
Actually looking at the cable, I think it might be 10mm.

Unfortunately the oven manual doesn’t seem to state the supply parameters, it is a second hand one that’s a few years old.
 
Actually looking at the cable, I think it might be 10mm.

Unfortunately the oven manual doesn’t seem to state the supply parameters, it is a second hand one that’s a few years old.
I thought it was new. Are you going to pat test it or just pump 16a through it?
 

telectrix

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it should be fine to connect into existing circuit. don't be put off by the gloom and doom merchants. after all, it's only 3 wire..........:eek:
 
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It’s a family members old oven and is a pretty decent one and was working fine so it’s a known entity to an extent.

Thanks for your input though guys.
 

dksanders

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Think OP's already answered those.
His answer wasn't there when I started my post so our posts crossed.

OP- where did you get 16A from?

If it's 6mm and clipped direct, or 10mm then the cable would be able to take the (max) 41A load, just replace the MCB for a 40A one if the cooker is a 16A max load, but given the oven load figures the OP quoted it would suggest a separate cooker circuit would be required.
 
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Hi dksanders,
I got the oven figured from the manual. Photo attached. I presume that I have read them properly?

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