Need help with GFI and compressor

Old 06-24-19, 11:27 AM
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Need help with GFI and compressor

Hi folks,
We have water cooler dispenser (5 gallon bottles) in our kitchen that ran fine when we stopped using it a few months ago. It's getting hot again so we plugged it on and it popped the GFI right away (it's actually an outlet with the GFI button built in). Tried it a couple of times and get the same response. Tried another plug on the same GFI circuit and the same thing happened. Normally i would think the water cooler compressor broke/grounded or shorted out, but that same GFI circuit has given us trouble in the past. Anyway, just need some advice on how to 1) Test the GFI circuit/outlet to see if it an old/weak GFI outlet and needs to be replaced. and 2) Need advice on how to test/troubleshoot the water cooler and compressor.
Old 06-24-19, 12:20 PM
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Tripping multiple GFCIs is a pretty sign the cooler is bad.
Try other devices in the GFCI receptacle and see how they function.
Old 06-24-19, 01:07 PM
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Many water coolers have a heater in them for hot water dispensing.
Does yours have that feature ?
If it does.... the heating coil has most likely shorted.
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When I plug in the refrigerator a GFI outlet on the same circuit pops

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