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#18015 - 12/05/02 08:27 AM microwave tied in with range
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Registered: 10/20/02
Posts: 3
Is it leagle to tap the microwave onto one leg of a 4 wire 40 amp range home run?

The contractor stated 210-19 (c) ex 1 . that it was a cooking unit. The microwave is a 120v unit on a 15 amp rated receptacle.

Any info would be great thanks all
Scott Badger

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#18016 - 12/05/02 10:18 AM Re: microwave tied in with range
mj Offline

Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 188
Loc: meriidian, ms
what about ocp for the microwave unit ? a 15 unit on a 40 amp circuit? 210-19 (3) this practice is permitted... some electricians use that exception, some dont. take care...

#18017 - 12/05/02 10:57 AM Re: microwave tied in with range
dana1028 Offline

Registered: 01/09/02
Posts: 163
Loc: San Carlos, CA
Is this worked on a permit? Ask the inspector his take on this 'exception'. Most inspectors consider a microwave an appliance and do not allow this exception - microwaves are cord and plug connected and therefore this receptacle could eventually serve other appliances. This 'exception' is a Tap rule...does not apply to receptacles[microwaves are not hardwired]; further your microwave is rated less than 20A. I'd say this is bogus and refuse the installation.

#18018 - 12/05/02 11:24 AM Re: microwave tied in with range
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Registered: 10/20/02
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I found out that the microwave was taped into the range feed when I turned off the ranger to make the damn thing stop beeping.(It was the dishwasher that beeped all day lol) MY dad had a good time with that. It make for a fun thanksgiving.

Anways this is a new house. I don't think I will have a problem getting the contractor to fix this. He said he runs a 20A home run to the disposal. That would be a good place to pick up my power for the microwave.
I just wanted to get some feed back from others in the industry.

Thanks again
Scott Badger

#18019 - 12/05/02 05:12 PM Re: microwave tied in with range
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Under NEC tap rules, could you use a fuseholder receptacle for the microwave oven, if it was furnished with an integral cord?

For example, consider something like a Buss "SRU" described at

#18020 - 12/05/02 06:05 PM Re: microwave tied in with range
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Provided there's no range on the circuit
Why not just replace the circuit breaker with a 20 amp back at the panel? Too easy.

#18021 - 12/05/02 06:07 PM Re: microwave tied in with range
spyder Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
I have seem some wall ovens that come with a recptacle in the back to plug the microwave into.

I would not consider the type of tap you are talking about. Run the 12/2 homerun. Many microwaves call for a decicated 20 amp ciruit. Manufacturers specs supersed the code book.


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