GFCI outlets and Refrigerated Appliances

GFCI outlets and Refrigerated Appliances

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  1. Alice Huang
    Alice Huang 21 July, 2016, 02:44

    I have to put a fridge in the garage where there is only GFCIs. It never get below 50, and the previous fridge I had there, which was newer than the one now, did not trip at all.  However, this fridge trips as soon as I plug it in.  I just can't get it to work.  Any way I can get around that, some kind of adaptor or anything?

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  2. SamuraiRepairman
    SamuraiRepairman 21 July, 2016, 02:44

    The nuisance GFCI tripping generally doesn't start until the fridge or freezer gets along in years and starts leaking a small amount of current to ground as the insulation on the compressor motor windings starts to break down.

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  3. 2ks4
    2ks4 21 July, 2016, 02:44

    Our chest freezer manual contains the same warning. Unfortunately I didn't know about that until after purchasing it and the one place we can fit it (our garage, which is okay in terms of temperature range) only has a GFCI circuit available. I decided to give it a try to see if there were any issues before trying to figure out another solution. It's been running for a year without a single nuisance trip. As a precaution I put in a temperature sensor with remote alarm just in case.

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