Electrical Wiring in the Home/ground plug


Hi Robert,
I bought a very small chest freezer to put in my basement.  I live in an older home and have only a few 3-prong outlets upstairs, but where I want
to plug my freezer in is not 3-prong.  The man at the appliance store told
me to buy an adapter and it would be fine.  I just read the Care & Use booklet and it says NOT to use an extension cord or adapter.  So I should not
use the adapter, right?  Would it be expensive or a big job for an electrician
to make that outlet a grounded 3-prong socket?  Thank you!

Funny you should ask....

Define expensive....

As to how big a job it would be, it could vary from a nominal task if there is a suitable power source immediately available - since you have an ungrounded outlet at the location I would guess that may not be the case. There may or may not be a ground available at the existing location or it may be possible to derive a ground locally. Other than that, it could cost anything.

What is the current required by the freezer?
Does it require a new circuit to be installed?
Where is the panel?
Where is the freezer going in the basement?

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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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