Range Circuit Wiring and 3-Wire Outlets - Ask the Electrician Connections for a 3-Wire Range Cord Electrical Question: Do I need to change the receptacle to three wire and change the range cord or can I just leave it as is? Example #1 of Wiring a Range. My new stove has a 4 wire plug. My receptacle was 3 wire. I changed the receptacle box to 4 wire, meaning I wired in my current 3 wires into the new 4 wire box. Wiring a 4-Wire Range Cord to a 3-Wire Outlet Electrical Wiring for a 220 Volt Range Electrical Question: Can I install a 3 wire cord on a new stove and strap the neutral and ground on the stove terminals? I have an older house with an old 3 wire range. The receptacle is wired with 2 hot wires and a un-insulated twisted aluminum conductor for ground.