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Hello all and thanks in advance for the help. Have a refrigerator outside in garage plugged into a GFCi switch. Has been working for years. It now trips instantly when plugged into switch. I have troubleshooted by operating other things in same switch ie air compressor, vacuum, etc. My question, since it trips as soon as I plug the refrig in, is the ref not grounded properly? maybe worn out? Is this a simple ground fix, or should I just start hitting the refrig with my nine iron? Thanks again, D
 
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Old 10-25-16, 04:07 AM
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GFCI's go bad. If it is a dedicated circuit, I would replace the receptacle (not switch) with a single receptacle (instead of the present duplex) and plug the refrigerator in. GFCI's and motors/compressors sometimes are not the best of friends. You'll have to determine if the grounding is proper, but GFCI's don't always depend on the grounding wire for operation. They detect a difference in the hot and neutral and trip out. You could also just change the GFCI out, since it worked on one for so long.
 
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Old 10-25-16, 08:51 AM
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The refrigerator may be leaking too much current to ground and need to be repaired or replaced.

The single receptacle exception has been removed from the code for receptacles in the garage.
 
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thank you for the suggestions and help, D
 
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