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The different plug is to prevent plugging a 20 amp device into a 15 amp circuit, which could cause a fire from overheating the wires. The minimum size wire specified for a 20 amp circuit are thicker than on a 15 amp circuit.
 

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If you have a relatively modern American kitchen you should already have 20 amp service. I think building code requires one or two, one dedicated to the refrigerator at least. An electrician can verify and change to the appropriate plug.
 
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