I cannot remember the last time I saw a new range without an obvious removable N-G bonding jumper. In fact I can't remember ever seeing one without.
Removing that jumper is certainly NOT a "modification". A 4-wire cord has always been required for mobile homes, and they've been around a LONG time.
If the wire feeding the Appliance is three conductor and you DO remove the N-G bonding then You would probably smoke anything that uses the 120V, Oven Light, ETC. Plus you would not have any Ground.
Why would you want to remove the Jumper ???
That Range is made to operate Using 3 current carrying Wires. The neutral needs to stay connected.
The equipment grounding bond in a dryer or range will not cause anything to “smoke”
The equipment grounding of a system is to provide a low impedance path for fault current and plays no role on how a circuit works.
For current to flow there must be a complete circuit from the source back to the source. When a three wire receptacle is used for a range or dryer and the circuit originates in a remote panel, then from that remote panel back to the service all equipment grounding conductors are in parallel with the neutral and are now carrying current. This is why a three wire receptacle for a dryer or range MUST originate in the service disconnection enclosure to prevent this parallel path.
The equipment grounding conductors MUST bond to the neutral in the service enclosure so they are not allowed to be connected together anywhere else. If they do then there are two conductors that share current.
The equipment grounding conductor connects any exposed metal such as the 6/32 by Ĺ inch screws that hold the plate covers in place to the neutral in the panel in case they become energized there is a low resistance path to operate the overcurrent device.
Should the equipment grounding conductor be reconnect to the neutral downstream from the service equipment then from the point of the second connection back to the service all equipment grounding conductors are at the same potential as the circuit supplying them.
We can read all we want on the internet but without a full understanding of theory it is useless.
Last edited by jwelectric; 12-29-2011 at 07:02 AM. Reason: to correct spelling
I have wired more dryers and ranges than you have ever looked at and have never seen where the manufacturer stated something wrong.
Where are you getting your information? Could you please post a link to the information where you are finding all this?
You can call Maytag if you need to get the correct answer.
That Range uses a lot of 120 V operating Circuits and connecting it to a 3 wire Receptacle The Neutral needs to be Grounded.
I am sure that the Neutral connection Bolt on the Terminal Block Goes Directly to the Frame.
Not having that in place when using a 3 Wire Feed, Would be a BIG safety problem.
If you were installing a new feed today, It would require you to have 4 conductors. But your is existing.
Sorry for all the unneeded confusion.
Have a Great Day, And a Happy New Year.