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cooker wiring help

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    Registered Users Posts: 4,289 ✭✭✭ jon1981


    Replacing the mother's cooker. I took the terminal panel off the back of the cooker and i've no idea how the cables connect in. Never seen this setup before and the manual is poor. Any ideas? it's a zanussi cooker.


  • At the risk of starting a firestorm, if you're not comfortable with the panel that's in front of you, don't do it, get in a professional that does know what they're doing!

    There's a (L)ive, a (N)eutral, and an (E)arth, and by the look of it, there's 3 terminals that WILL take a screwdriver. It's not rocket science, the panel that's there is probably used on other cookers that are not single phase as in this case.

    Shore, if it was easy, everybody would be doin it.😁

  • I'm fine with doing this stuff. I've never seen this connection before so looking for an explanation is all. They do take a screw driver and typically there would be a hole to insert the cable into and then the screw will tighten the wire, in this case there is no other hole other than the hole the screw came out of.

  • loosen each screw. insert the correct coloured cable between the screw and the backplate. tighten each screw.

    I do agree though if you couldn't figure this out on your own then legally you are not competent and should not be attempting this at all. No offense intended.

  • It's designed so that you shape the exposed ends of the mains cable into a 'U', take the screw out completely, insert the cable looped around the hole, flat against the backplate with no overlap and then replace the screw, that way about 75% of the back of the screw should be in contact with the cable for a good connection with no hotspots. On the photo you posted it looks like it's designed so the cable will come down on the right side, loop around clockwise and then stop at that blocking piece of metal that's folded out, visible at the 11 o'clock position above each screw, that looks like a feature designed to make sure there's no loose cable sticking out.

  • Boosting this, as it's the most relevant for my query, but I want to replace my old electric cooker. The existing grey cable disappears into the plastwork, so I would hope that this cable can just be wired directly into the new cooker I buy.

    Is this normal enough, or will the installation guys refuse to do it?

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  • It is normal for the cable to appear out of the wall and it would be normal for this to be wired into the new cooker.

    Some installation people will connect the cooker for you, some won't, you need to ask.

    The cable may or may not be suiatble depending mainly on the cable type and size. If the new electric cooker has the same or less power than the old one you should be ok, it is hard to say without seeing it.

  • Great, thanks. It's a big thick grey one, which I think is the technical term, fingers crossed it'll be grand!

  • Crossing your fingers won't stop your house going on fire so you need to make sure the cable is correctly sized for the cooker being installed.

    Is there currently a cooker switch for the old cooker?