Electrical Wiring in the Home/grounded plug

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Hi,  I bought a small chest freezer from PC Richards. I told the salesman I would be plugging it in an outlet in my basement and since I live in an older home, I didn't think it was a 3-prong plug.  He told me that was ok, go next door to Home Depot and get an adapter, which I did. Today I unpacked the freezer and read the Care & Use booklet which says do NOT use an adapter or extension cord.  So I shouldn't plug it in, right?  Would it be expensive and a big job for an electrician to make that outlet a 3-prong outlet?  Thank you.

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Hi.

The ground is there for your safety and doesn't affect the way the freezer operates.  If there is a ground wire in the box, then it would be simple to just change the plug.  However, if there is no ground wire in the box, then the electrician would have to run a wire from the outlet to the panel box.  It depends on how close the panel is to the outlet, if it is a big job or not. You can have a 3 prong plug without a ground wire if you use a GFCI, however a GFCI could trip and spoil your food, so it is not a good idea with a freezer.
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