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Old 05-20-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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How important is it to have GROUND??

I am installing a new fridge into an older home.

This home is not wired for 3 prong grounded outlets.

If I install a 3 prong socket (without the ground wire of course) or use a cheater, what are my risks?

I asked this in another thread, and it was explained to me that the ground helps to avoid the user getting shocked in case of a wire short.

My concern is the most obvious - fire.... does the ground play any role in preventing fires? (even though I know the circuit breaker should help there too).

The old fridge had only 2 prongs and no ground (built that way) and for 30 years there were no issues.

The new fridge of course has a 3 prong grounded plug.

The sense I got from the answer to my other post was that if the NEW fridge is working fine with no shorts, then there should be no problems.

Thanks for any more insight into this issue!
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:27 PM   #2
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I'd play it safe and swap the 2 prong outlet for a GFCI. The you'll be fine with no ground.

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