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    Default swapping the position of stove and fridge

    My new house has a bit of a flaw in the kitchen appliance layout. The stove is located between the fridge and a partial wall. This arrangement pins the stove into a box-like space with no access to the counter.

    Moving the small upper cabinet and rewiring the range hood should be fairly straightforward and the cords and waterline on the appliances are long enough to simply slide them to their new locations. My concern is the safety of having a 220 outlet behind a refrigerator that has an icemaker connection at approximately the same height. Also, the oven will then have the water valve for the icemaker behind it.

    Is it safe to leave the appliances plugged in to their existing outlets and simply switch their locations?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    The only problem might be is that the 50A 4 wire plug might not reach the receptacle.

    You can probably change out a 36" cord for a longer one yourself.

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    I think all of the cords and the icemaker hose are long enough to simply slide the appliances to their new positions. My concern is the water line on the fridge being so close to a 220 outlet, which is positioned low to the floor so you can access it from the pullout drawer on the range. The 220 plug will then be right at the same level as the water hose connection on the back of the refrigerator. If that's safe then, that's what I'd prefer to do.

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    yeah it would be fine. If you have an leak issue of water spraying all over, that would be more of a concern to me than having electric nearby.

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    Thanks, Sparky. That was my main concern. Pessimest that I am, I can imagine the hose from the water line on the back of the fridge spraying water all over the 220 outlet that will be directly behind it at the same level! I guess I just have to make sure that doesn't happen...

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    I would cover the 220 outlet with something to stop any water in case of a leak.

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    IF it's mounted vertically on the wall and you make sure there aren't any fittings or unions on the water line without abotu 24", you'l be fine. Just make the copper water supply line a little longer so you can have the union for the fridge connection further from the outlet.

    A actual water resistant 4 prong connector would be cost prohibitive. It would be some sort of marine or RV connector and probably cost $100 or more.... and might not even be approved for indoor use.
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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    FYI, the "220" volt outlet is comprised of two 120V circuits, as measured between each line and ground. The 240V is measured only between the two "hots." So it's really no more dangerous than a 120V outlet in the same spot.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencepost View Post
    FYI, the "220" volt outlet is comprised of two 120V circuits, as measured between each line and ground. The 240V is measured only between the two "hots." So it's really no more dangerous than a 120V outlet in the same spot.
    Sort of... except that I think they have at a 30A or 40A breaker.

    IT's also still a 220V potential between the two legs.

    IT's like saying 480VAC 3 phase isn't that dangerous because its only 277 between any 2 legs.

    But yes, in terms of water causing a ground fault... it's no different than 120VAC.
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    Default Re: swapping the position of stove and fridge

    Thanks, everyone. That's all very reassuring. Just to clarify motoguy - the water line I'm talking about is mounted on the wall inside a plastic housing (like a tiny version of the laundry room water line). Attached to that "spigot" is a clear rubber water tube that attaches to the back of the fridge. There is no copper involved.

    I'm just glad I don't have to move a 220 outlet or a water line!! I can figure out how to cover the 220 safely and I could also make some kind of 'splash guard' over the water inlet to the fridge just in case.

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