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Gfi outlet keeps tripping

I recently moved my refridgerator to a new location. It went unplugged for two days, when I replugged it in, it keeps tripping the gfi outlet. It worked fine before the more and the new location had a refridgerator plugged into the gfi (I just replaced refridgerators -- same brand side by side Whirlpools about five years old).

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    My whirlpool refrigerator trips my gfi as soon as I plug the unit

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Try running an extension cord to the old outlet and see if the fridge works then you'll know if it's the fridge or outlet. good luck

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