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Old 03-13-01, 09:28 AM
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We have a GFI outlet in our garage and everytime we plug in our fridge it tripps the breaker.What do we need to do?
Old 03-13-01, 10:52 AM
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Replace the GFCI outlet with a non-GFCI outlet. This is allowed if the outlet is only for the refrigerator. If there are other outlets protected by this one, you may need to install the GFCI outlet somewhere downstream. If there are some nuances in the code here, somebody help me out.

Some refrigerators trip GFCIs and some don't. If you'd prefer to try to keep the GFCI, you could try to replace it with a new GFCI first. But this may not be enough.
Old 03-13-01, 03:28 PM
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John you are right about the exemption of GFI protection from a refrig or freezer. In fact I would advise not to have a GFI protection on food storage due to the inherent ghost openings of GFI devices. May increase your chances of loss of food due to an outage.

I would move the GFI downstream to the next receptacle and get the frig or freezer off the GFI protection.

Good Luck


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