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I only have 3 prong service available. Unit has a 4 prong plug. Can I just change the cord to use the 3 prong service?

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YES U CAN AND THERE ARE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE SHOWING YOU HOW TO, HOWEVER IF UR LIVING IN A NEWER HOME BY LAW IT IS REQUIRED THAT U USE A 4 PRONG UNLESS UR HOUSE HAS 3 PRONG OUTLETS SO U MAY BE OK AFTER ALL AS FAR AS THE LAW IS CONCERNED

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