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Old 07-09-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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So I have lived in my house since it was built in 2007. We have had a stand alone freezer plugged into a outlet in the garage. Just recently within the past week the GFI outlet has tripped like 4 times.

I have 2 outlets in the garage that are tied into the same circuit in the circuit breaker One outlet is standard and the other is GFI. The freezer is plugged into the standard outlet.

Is it possible that the freezer being in the garage for the past 4 yrs, the compressor is starting to go. I live in Fl so the garage does get warm to hot during the summer months

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Old 07-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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If you plug the freezer into another GFI protected receptacle you can narrow down whether the problem is the freezer or another part of the circuit. If the second GFI trips the freezer is the issue. If the original receptacle continues to trip the problem is in the circuit.

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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The freezer should be tripping the gfci long before the breaker goes working under the assumption that's it wired correctly and the standard plug is fed off the load side of the gfci. The only reason the breaker will trip is if you have a high fault current. The motor going shouldn't do it. Has anything else been changed anywhere in the house recently?

Nm just reread it and the gfci is tripping. Do what Jim said :D.
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So i found out that there are 3 outside outlets w/covers, the 1 the freezer was plugged into and the gfi outlet on the same circuit. The gfi would trip on a random basis. It may pop today and not again till saturday but then also trip on sunday. We unplugged the freezer so nothing is plugged into any of the outlet on Sunday. Today it tripped again. What is causing it/ Is it the GFI or is it one of the standard outlets that may have gone bad
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Either the GFI is bad or you have weather related issues with the exterior receptacles.
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All I know is everything has been fine for the last 4 years(house only 4 yrs old) and the 3 outside receptacles do have covers on them
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Are you implying that nothing ever changes?
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no. i know things go bad. it just came out of the blue. I don't know the normal life expectancy of a gfi outlet. I was just responding to the one where he says it is either the gfi or weather with the outside receptacles. Is there a tester I can buy from Lowes or home depot to check the 3 outside outlets and then the gfi outlet
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It could very well be one of the outside outlets (non gfi). Over time and weather they have a tendency to corrode. As of the 2008 code, all outside outlets have to be of the weather resistant variety.

I would suggest replacing the GFI. If that doesn't work, you have a nice new device and you have ruled out the easiest solution. If it still trips, would plug the freezer into the bathroom circuit. If that holds for a week or so, I would start looking at the other recepts on the circuit.
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What year is the freezer?
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2007 or 2008 but we basically have determined that it isn't causing the problem since the same gfi tripped without the freezer being plugged in
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2007 or 2008 but we basically have determined that it isn't causing the problem since the same gfi tripped without the freezer being plugged in
That info would have been useful in post 1...
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if you would have read all the posts you would have seen another posting in the list explaining the new updated problem
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if you would have read all the posts you would have seen another posting in the list explaining the new updated problem
I would have to concur with you on that one. My personal preference is to install individual GFCI's, this way I dont get downstream tripping, i know the problem was the device attached to the GFCI...


You have to remember, a gfic trips at 5mA, so the more downstream receptacles you have, the greater chance you have of reaching that number with each device having some current leakage.
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nothing was plugged into the gfi outlet and the freezer was the only other thing plugged into one of the outlets

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