GFCI Outlet Tripping

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Old 05-27-05, 09:07 PM
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GFCI Outlet Tripping

We have a 15 amp GFCI outlet in our garage which has had zero problems for 10 years. Nothing is plugged into this outlet but it is on a circuit that powers 1 refrigerator, 1 freezer and 1 distiller.

It used to never trip. Now electricity will run for 1 hour and then trip the GFCI outlet.

We have replaced this outlet twice in the last 2 days. It still trips.

Any thoughts of what we can do to figure out the problem?
 
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Old 05-27-05, 09:39 PM
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First of all, for reasons you already know, refrigerators and freezers are not recommended for GFCI circuits. Have you checked to see if the GFCI also feeds your bathroom receptacles? Or maybe your front and back porch receptacles?

As motor age, they are more likely to trip GFCIs. Some people have refrigerators and freezers on GFCI for years with no problems, but that's not you.

My first recommendation would be to have a new non-GFCI circuit installed for your refrigerator and freezer. If that's impractical, then my second suggestion would be to rewire the existing circuit so that the refrigerator and freezer outlets are not GFCI protected. Depending on the cable routing, that may or may not be possible without also removing GFCI from something that requires it by code.
 
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