How to Install a Whirlpool Accubake Oven

Many Whirlpool built-in oven models feature AccuBake, an electronically controlled heating system that lets the baking and broiling coils operate independently or in sync.

This provides even temperatures throughout the oven, without the formation of cool spots. Because all this electronic wizardry is going on inside the box, however, installing one of these ovens is no more complicated than installing a more conventional built-in. Most importantly, you should be sure to provide proper and safe electrical access for the oven.

Rough out a 25 1/2 inch wide by 27 3/4 inch tall opening for the oven. The opening should be 32 inches off the floor and there should be a clearance of at least 1 inch between the opening and any cabinets above or below it.

Remove the oven door by lowering it, rotating the door latches forward and lifting the door away from the oven. Also remove the side trim, which is attached to the side of the oven with a cable tie.

Turn the breaker for the oven circuit off.

Install a conduit connector to the junction box where your electrical source is located. Insert it through the hole in the underside of the junction box.

Bring the flexible conduit from the rear of the oven up through the conduit connector, so that the wires are exposed inside the junction box. Tighten the two screws on the conduit connector.

Connect the wires from the flexible conduit to the home electrical wires of the same color, using wire connectors. If your house has four-wire cable, connect the two red wires from the conduit to the two red wires from the cable, the black conduit wire to the black cable wire, and the white conduit wire to the white cable wire. If your house has three-wire cable, connect the black conduit wire to the black cable wire and one of the red conduit wires to the red cable wire. Connect the other red conduit wire and the white conduit wire to the white cable wire, making a three-wire connection.

Hold the oven by the open area and lift it partially into the cabinet opening. Push the oven into the opening until the plastic shipping feet on the front underside of the oven almost touch the cabinet opening.

Remove the plastic shipping feet by unscrewing the retaining screws in them. Push the oven the rest of the way into the cabinet opening.

Attach the oven to the cabinet by driving the two #8--14 by 1 inch screws through the holes in the mounting rails on the oven.

Install the oven vent by insert the vent tabs into the slots in the lower side of the oven frame and attaching it with the two #8--18 x 3/8 inch screws.

Slide the two side trim pieces by pushing them up onto the side rails of the oven and then pushing the lower ends down onto the rails.

Re-attach the oven door.

Turn the circuit breaker for the oven back on. The display panel should now light.

Things You Will Need

  • Whirlpool built-in single oven (e.g., model GBS279PVS)
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand or electric drill (for wall cabinet installations)
  • 1-inch drill bit (for wall cabinet installations)
  • Level
  • UL-listed or CSA-approved conduit connector
  • UL-listed wire connectors
  • 2 screws, #8--14 by 1 inch (supplied)
  • Bottom vent (supplied )
  • 2 screws, #8--18 by 3/8 inch (supplied)
  • Side trim

Tips

  • Not all Whirlpool models come with a bottom vent. If yours has one, it will be attached to the side of the oven when shipped.
  • It's a good idea to have someone help you lift the oven into position in the cabinet opening; it is quite heavy.

Warnings

  • Any kind of electrical work poses a risk of electric shock and possible electrocution. Do not perform this work unless you have a basic knowledge of electrical wiring.
  • Never perform electrical work on a live circuit. Make sure the circuit breaker for the circuit is off before handling any wires.
  • Incorrectly wiring the oven can cause circuit failure or damage to the oven. If in doubt, consult a trained electrician before wiring the oven.

About the Author

Scott Knickelbine began writing professionally in 1977. He is the author of 34 books and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including "The New York Times," "The Milwaukee Sentinel," "Architecture" and "Video Times." He has written in the fields of education, health, electronics, architecture and construction. Knickelbine received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in journalism from the University of Minnesota.