grouind fault kicks

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Old 10-28-05, 08:39 AM
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ground fault kicks

We have moved a refrigerator from one side of the garage to the other. It is on the same circuit as always but now it kicks out the ground fault fault every two or three days. It has operated ini this location for 6 months without incident so this started about 2 weeks ago. My husband pulled it out and vacuumed underneath and in back but says that it was not dirty and the fan seems to be running OK. The only other things on the circuit are a water conditioner and his radio. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-28-05, 08:53 AM
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Remove GFCI protection for the refrigerator only. This may require the purchase of one or more GFCI receptacles and it may require the purchase of a simplex receptacle, but it will solve the problem.
 
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Old 10-28-05, 08:53 AM
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Refrigerators are better served by non-ground fault recepticals. Perhaps the other receptical was not GFCI protected. You can test this theory by plugging something (lamp, radio, etc) into the other receptical, then pressing the TEST button on the GFI device. Does this kill power to the other receptical?
 
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Old 10-28-05, 04:02 PM
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ground fault

Thank you for the speedy response!
The refrigerator is plugged into the same line but is plugged into an extension cord. Maybe this is causing the problem. We will use a heavier extension cord and see how that goes.

Thank you.

Sylvia
 
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Old 10-28-05, 04:09 PM
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Do not use an extension cord for your refrigerator. Extension cords are for temporary use, and are not designed for continual use. Wire a proper receptacle for the refrigerator to plug in to.
 
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