Freezer in Garage (GFCI outlet) Tripped While on Vacation

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Old 07-21-15, 01:02 AM
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Freezer in Garage (GFCI outlet) Tripped While on Vacation

I have a 5-month old NEW small upright freezer in garage (in Texas) and it is plugged into a GFCI outlet "in the garage". Yes, no AC in garage. I had no idea this outlet could be a problem!
The freezer ran perfect, but while away on vacation in late June/early July, the outlet "tripped". Everything was ruined. We were away about 3 weeks & no one was at home during that time.
Two electricians said it could have tripped for numerous reasons...an electrical storm, outdoor outlets on same line, etc.
Can I have outlet replaced with a single normal outlet for this freezer? This is really the only place I have for freezer.
 
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Old 07-21-15, 01:09 AM
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One addition to my above post...the freezer is now plugged into same GFCI outlet and is running fine. It has been plugged in for 3 days, freezer is very cold & no problems seem to be with freezer.
 
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Old 07-21-15, 01:28 AM
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Garage receptacles are required to be GFCI. If you have some one local to help if you loose power there are apps to monitor for power outages. A quick Google came up with this one but there may be better alternatives. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....powercut.free
 
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Old 07-21-15, 07:26 PM
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Can I have outlet replaced with a single normal outlet for this freezer?
Can you? Sure you can, but it would be a code violation. There was a time when a refrigerator or freezer could be dedicated to a single receptacle in a garage and that receptacle didn't have to be GFCI protected, but the code changes every 3 years and that allowance gone.
 
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