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Old 12-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Refrigerator tripping GFCI


I have an old kenmore refrigerator in my garage, I think from 98', that instantly trips the GFCI when I plug it in. It has always been plugged in the same receptacle since I've had it and has been working fine for about 9 months with no issues until a few days ago. What is a good starting point to figure out what the issue is? I just so happened to ask for a multi-meter for Christmas...

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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The easy thing to do would be suspect the GFCI -
They do go bad.
What else is on the circuit?
Replace the outlet and see if it happens.

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Not much really, just a radio and a few strings of lights get turned on in the evening, other than that, only the fridge. I have two separate circuits in the garage and it trips on the other circuit as well. I installed all the wiring in the garage less than two years ago, inspected and all, so I'm pretty sure it's related to the fridge.
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Typically in a fridge that trips a GFCI it is a motor winding going bad or the auto defrost circuit. Neither one worth the cost of repair on a 15 year old box.
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Unplug everything but the fridge to narrow it down.
I'd suspect the outside Christmas lights if it's not the fridge.
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The poster said that the GFCI trips instantly when he plugs the fridge in and that it also trips the other circuit he plugged into. Pretty much narrows it down to the fridge.

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