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Refrigerator tripping ground fault circuit

I have a refrigerator we are having problems with. It is a Kelvinator brand manufactured by Frigidaire located in our garage as a backup for sodas and such. Approx 7yrs old. The problem started when we moved it to our new home. I plugged it in and it runs for a day or two, then it trips the ground fault circuit at the recepticle and shuts down. It also trips what i believe to be a circuit breaker mounted inside the fridge. I have to reset the one inside the fridge by spinning it with my finger tip until i hear it "click" and then I reset the ground fault at the recepticle and it fires right up and works flawless for another day or two or even a week; Then with no warning it trips again. I checked the circuit and its a 15amp and replaced the ground fault recepticle with no luck. I also tried plugging the frige into a different ciruit and still had the problem. My thoughts are leaning to the circuit breaker inside the fridge or maybe a compressor overheating and tripping the breaker. Any ideas what might be causing this problem?? Thanks for your help.

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  • johnguh Dec 31, 2008

    I have the same problem with my old GE refrigerator. One day it started to trip the GFI... I replaced the GFI and it is till tripping the circuit. Could it be the refrigerator's compressor that is going bad?

  • PjR7 Apr 22, 2009

    Frigidaire Freezer Model MFC05M3BW4, with a Manufacture Date of 6-99, is located in the garage.

    It's plugged into a GFCI. The breaker box is also in the garage.

    The freezer tripped a 15Amp breaker the other day.

    The last time was years ago. What may be the cause?

    Thank you.



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The thing you were "spinning" was the defrost timer, not a circuit breaker. The problem may be you have a shorted defrost heater; It is on a timer that runs it for 30 minutes every 8 hours of compressor use.

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You need to plug it into a reg. outlet once for a couple days if this works then replace your gfi with a 20amp..

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