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.
you have a dead short! Check the compressor you are plugging in. Check cord for damage to wires. If cord looks good and compressor is in good shape where you are plugging in is overloading circuit and tripping breaker. Does the breaker hold for any period of time when you reset it?
Ok , Does it trip all the time now,or only after running a while.?
If it trips right when you reset breaker with machine OFF, have the wiring checked for a dead short to ground up to the thermostat.
If it trips after running ,as it starts or intermittently there's a dead short to ground that could be any where.
You can simulate what is going on by doing this check. Unplug machine. Using an ohm meter,set to ohms, place a test lead on the ground prong(round one) .Place the other test lead to one of the remaining prongs.If there is any reading youv'e got a short. Try the other prong as well However, if you get no reading there still could be an intermittent short .
Another thing to check. It might not be the machine at all.
Sometimes,if your wall recepticle is worn or old it can heat up causing circuit breaker trip. Make sure there are no extention cords involved. If you're on a 15 amp circuit ,you might want to upgrade to 20
Is it a new stove? There are really only three reasons that you can trip a breaker. you are pulling to many amps for the breaker, the breaker is bad or there is a dead short in the stove or wiring. Do you have an ohm meter? If it's a new stove it may be using more juice then the old one. Unlikely though. Your cord my be bad also. The outlet may be bad The breaker is the easiest to replace, then the cord then the outlet. After all this it might be the stove. If you have an ohm meter you can test you breaker, cord and outlet for shorts. You are dealing with 240 and 40 or 50 amps of electricity. Make one small mistake and you will be dead. My personal guess is the cord or stove Be careful and good luck
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 .
Electric dryer uses a double pole 30 Amp breaker. Check for a loose electrical connection. Check that the screws holding the wires on the breaker itself are tight. Next, check the screws for the ground / neutral in the breaker box. Next, check all the connections in the dryer recepticle (where the dryer cord plugs into the wall) Finally, check the connections where the cord connects onto the dryer. If all connections listed were good tight connections, replace breaker.
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.