kitchen electrical problem


Old 03-30-09, 05:01 PM
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kitchen electrical problem

My refrigerator quit working and I determined that it wasn't getting power by plugging it into another outlet. It appears to be on a dedicated circuit because there is a 20amp circuit breaker for it in the main panel. It did not trip. I tried resetting any way but it made no difference. Could the problem be anything other than a bad cb or a bad outlet?
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Old 03-30-09, 05:15 PM
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Chances are that a connection somewhere along the line got loose and is no longer making contact. I'd start with turning off the breaker (checking that the circuit is dead using a non-contact probe at the receptacle), and checking the receptacle behind the fridge.

If everything is tight and good there, you'll have to start tracing it back to see if there is anything else on this breaker or any other junction box where the wires may have loosened up.

It's quite rare for breakers to just fail... but you can test the breaker by using a neon test light. Turn on the breaker, touch one probe to the brass screw on the breaker, and the other probe to the neutral or ground bar in the panel. Of course, be careful working in or around any panel as there are certainly dangerous voltages there.
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Look for a GFCI receptacle upstream from the refrigerator. There should not be one on a refrigerator circuit, but it is a possibility.
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If it quit working how did you determine what breaker it is on?
Old 03-30-09, 06:59 PM
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If it quit working how did you determine what breaker it is on?
The index silly! We all know that they are always correct.
Make sure you check all the breakers to see if any of them are tripped.
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First thing to do is check the outlets you used to plug in the frig. with. When you had the frig. plugged in was the light on inside? Try plugging in something that you know works in the outlet you had the frig. plugged into. Let us know what you come up with.

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