Kenmore Model 106.63922300 - 4 years old
Had plugged into GFI circuit, started blowing GFI, changed to normal outlet. Works fine, but cycles on/off every few seconds. Also hear a sound like a clicking from a relay located in the back wall. Where do I start checking?
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Re: Refrigertor cycle rapidly
2109, start with the overload and relay on the compressor, see if it's contained in a white box. Take it off and shake it, see if it rattles. If so, that's probably the problem. If you find the overload and relay good, the compressor may be bad, the good news is that is covered by warranty for 5 years, parts and labor. The overload and relay will not be covered under warranty, could be expensive if an outside service does the job. Part number for the relay/overload, 4387938. Catriver..post back.
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The circuit that supplies your washer and dryer may also have an in-line GFI outlet which may have tripped. Even though you have cycled the circuit breaker you would also have to reset the GFI outlet as well. Good luck.
Ralph, the only way to be sure of what is going on is to check the amp draw of the freezer when it is in defrost. If the amp draw is in range ( listed on model/serial tag ) you may have a GFI that is weak.. if unit does not defrost there will be an ice buildup on the lower half of the back wall... But with unit tripping GFI it probably is defrosting............ Ken Hawk
Hello jerrydj1021 - Often when the breaker trips, it is a
mainly because there is too much current running on one circuit. Is the unit
plug into a GFI outlet? It is not recommended to use GFI outlets or too many
appliances plugged into that one circuit. Try plugging the unit into another
direct outlet and see if the breaker trips again. I ask that you please follow
up with a comment on the post, at your convenience, to advise if further
troubleshooting is needed or if the unit's status has changed successfully.
The problem believe it or not your gfi is warn out. I am actually surprised it lasted as long as it has and surprised it worked at all. Espresso machines use a huge amount of power when turning on compared to maintaining power. When espresso machines first turn on the take a huge surge of power to start heating up the elements. Normally you want to put an espresso on a circuit /outlet that is directly to your breaker that is at least a 20 amp breaker. By code kitchens and bathrooms, where an outlet is near water, has to have a gfi outlet, this is for safety for something plugged in near water so it will trip if accident happens with appliance near water. The bad news there not to good with high demand power appliances such as espresso machines. Yes , you can replace the gfi circuit, by turning off main breaker, unscrew gfi from wall, pull out, and undo wires, and copy exactly when re-wiring the new one. Then turn on main breaker again. NOTE: you can buy a gfi all most any home improvement center, lowers, home depot, ace hardware etc....
Think of a gfi kind of like a advanced in line fuse, they do wear out. BUT AGAIN, my advice is plug it in a outlet that does not have gfi and is on a main breaker of at least 20 amps if you have that opportunity to do in your kitchen area. Hope this helps you, thank you....... MIKE
It sounds like you've plugged your fridge into a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) article 210.8 A (6) says in dwelling units, only those outlets in a kitchen (I'm assuming your fridge is in the kitchen - right?) "where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces" must be provide ground fault protection aka "GFI outlet". Unless your town, city, county or state has laws that supersede the NEC, you should have the outlet changed to a standard, grounded outlet to prevent the nuisance tripping you are experiencing when the cooling compressor is trying to start. A refrigerator is not a counter surface appliance, and therefore does not require GFI protection.
The other outlets are fed from this outlet, so when you connect the fridge to another outlet on the circuit, the same GFI plug trips again. When you replace the GFI plug with a "regular one, the GFI plug should be installed in another outlet to provide the GFI protection needed in the kitchen - as described in the NEC above. If you are not familiar with how to do this, please, call a licensed electrician to do this very important job for you. Be safe & be smart.
i would install a regular outlet... and if the circuit breaker blows. then their is a direct short within the washer .i never heard of GFI being used on a washer ..remove it.. their may be other outlets on this circuit also that can adding to it tripping. like frig.. find out what is on that circuit by shutting off the breaker for washer see what else goes off...
Refrigerators should never be plugged into a GFI due to the start up amps that it draws on start up. With other items on the same circuit it is too much of a load. Refrigerator need to be on there own individual circuit to keep this from happening and not a GFI. Hope this helped.
I here this alot. If you have a compressor on a gfi the compressor after awhile would trip it. The compressor start amps is usually higher than the gfi is rated. So you have 2 choices. Replace the GFI and try to find one with higher amp ratings. Or install a normal outlet for your unit. Your code will usually call for a gfi, If it does then replace with a new gfi.
To explain the start amps on a compressor depending on your model could be 10 amps. This is for a split second. However the gfi can become week after time. You can also try to plug the unit into a normal outlet to make sure everything is good on the unit. I believe it is the gfi
no what rpobebly happened is that your freezer fillefd up with humidity and now its shorting out and tripping the breaker. make sure that theres no ice in the freezer also you should not really have it plugged intoi a gfi outlet.if its in the garage near the breaker panel i would add a dedicatefd outlet for the freezer from the electrical box.