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Old 08-30-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hi all, I have a 20A GFCI in my garage. I have a refrigerator in my garage connected to this GFCI...Actually all the outlets in the garage are protected by the GFCI. For the past year or so, since I got the fridge, the gfci will trip and the frigde will turn off. I have to go the GFCI and press the reset button. We were on vacation recently and got back to find everything in the freezer went bad. I'm not sure why this is happening? I'm not sure if it's the GFCI or the fridge, although I don't think it's the fridge...could the GFCI be bad? Should there not be a GFCI in the garage in the first place?
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GFCI could be bad or an older fridge will leak current and trip a good one.

Replace GFCI, if it still trips, replace fridge.

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Also, your garage door opener could be leaking current, if the outlet that it is plugged into, also is downstream of the gfci.
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I'm not sure if this is doable because of code requirements, but, can I replace the GFCI with a standard 20a outlet? the breaker at the panel will still protect the circuit, no? Are GFCI's required in garages by code?
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I'm not sure if this is doable because of code requirements, but, can I replace the GFCI with a standard 20a outlet? the breaker at the panel will still protect the circuit, no? Are GFCI's required in garages by code?

Yes.

210.8 Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection for
Personnel.
FPN: See 215.9 for ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection
for personnel on feeders.
(A) Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and
20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in
(1) through (8) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter
protection for personnel.
(1) Bathrooms
(2) Garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor
located at or below grade level not intended as habitable
rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas,
and areas of similar use
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Ok, thanks.. I will switch out the GFCI and see what happens. Also, I forgot to mention that the fridge is about 15 years old, which is why I've been suspicious of it from the beginning.
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Ok, thanks.. I will switch out the GFCI and see what happens. Also, I forgot to mention that the fridge is about 15 years old, which is why I've been suspicious of it from the beginning.
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If you remove main gfci,
then put a portable gfci on the fridge only,
then leave it for a few days,
if it trips, then that tells you,
that the fridge is leaky.

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