I moved into my house (1950) last fall. In January, I had the outside breaker box totally replaced (it wasn't too far away from being original), along with all of the switches and outlets inside the house.
The electricians, as they replaced the outlets thoughout to 3-prong, put in GFCIs where they said it was necessary. Every outlet in the kitchen is a GFCI, for example. But, not all the outlets are GFCis now (bedrooms, living room, etc.).
I have one large room in the basement. They did not install any GFCIs in that room, but replaced all of the outlets.
I would like to put a 5.0 cubic-foot chest freezer in the basement. When I asked the electrician if that would be okay now that the outlets were changed, he said "sure", and told me I would know if it didn't work if the freezer tripped the breaker.
The website selling the freezer I want states "There must be a dedicated three or four prong grounded electrical outlet within 36" of the freezer (15-amp circuit breaker or time delay fuse must protect the outlet)".
I have a few questions:
1) How do I know that I can safely put a freezer in this room? Do I buy it and hope that it works? What would be the worst that could happen (fire???)?
2) Can freezers be placed on carpeting with appropriate ventilation at the back and sides or should it be placed on something like a piece of plywood or riser of some sort?
I don't want to purchase the freezer, then find out that it either trips the breaker each time or that it will catch on fire.