When it is plugged into the recepticle it trips the breaker, when it is plugged into the extention cord,which has no ground prong, the refridgerator operates but has 110volts throughout the frame. there has got to be a grounding problem, but where??
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Re: dead short of refridgerator
This is a problem that most likely will require a qualified service technician to resolve for you. for SAFETY SAKES DO NOT LEAVE TEH UNIT PLUGGED IN. and call a reputable company in your area. thx peyton
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First is the circuit you have plugged the refrigerator is either over its limit and the breaker is tripping because it is overloaded. In this case you will have to determine what load also share this circuit and eliminate the extra loads or move the cord to another circuit which is not overloaded. Most home circuit are wired with 14 gauge and is rated at 15 amps. When the circuit gets to 15 amp and more, the associated breaker trips to prevent overload.
Second, Your refrigerator may have a short and needs troubleshooting to find the cause. To see if it is a bad circuit try plugging into a circuit via extension cord to circuit in another room receptical. The reason I say another room, when electrical installers wire circuits, you can put several recepticles on the same circuit. If you plug your refrigerator in the same circuit you had it on before then you will get the same problem, your refrigerator tripping again. If your frig trips on a different circuit then troubleshooting the cause will normally require a tech.
Check the power cord on the fridge to make sure it is not broken or frayed. There is an electrical short somewhere. Check the recepticle that is used for the fridge by plugging something else in it, such as a lamp, to see if the receptacle has a short in it.
did you check your breaker panel water may have gotten to recepticle causing it to trip breaker or damage receptical. did you try using an ext. cord and plugging into a different recepticle. buy the way were you able to find where your water leak came from.
If the fault were with the product, the breaker would trip right away. You have either a poor electrical connection (power supply) or a weak or undersized circuit breaker. Free standing ranges usually use a 50 amp double pole breaker. Check electrical connections at breaker, range recepticle, and power cord to range to make sure all are tight. (obviously, have breaker off when making these checks)
A refrig cannot pull 40 amps in defrost , unless there is a direct short in the defrost system ( timer , heater , bimetal ) . I would use an extention cord ( for test purposes only ) , and try a different plug . Sounds like the circuit breaker is weak . In defrost , the MOST you should get , is 6 amps . This will not throw a 40 amp breaker . If you have an amp meter , remove the back refrig panel behind the refrig , and connect to one of the power cord lines (just not the green ground ) , turn into defrost and check the amps . This will tell you if short is in refrig , or weak breaker .
Refrigerators are not designed to run on a GFCI. Try a heavy duty extension cord to the fridge from a outlet that is not GFCI protected. If it still trips you probably have a short circuit in the compressor.
1. Check to make sure the receptacle is wired correctly. Black wire goes smaller of two inlet holes, white goes to the larger.
2. Check to make sure that the smaller blade of the 2 prongs on the ref. plug is not grounded. Use ohmmeter from smaller blade to fridge housing
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.