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Fridge is tripping fuse box

Hi my fridge is tripping the fuse box can anyone help

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Re: fridge is tripping fuse box

If this is a new problem that suddenly occurred, then trust the fuse box...the frig has a problem. Most likely a compressor motor that has been electrically damaged...could have been power surges from utility or lightening or unknown. It also could be a wiring problem in the house...mice have been known to chew through wire insulation...they feel the warm wires and are fooled into believing the wire is a live food source and start chewing. A test of this wire problem is to remove the frig and plug in something that will demand close to the same current...(should also contain a motor) the frig's label on back of unit.

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Hi Richard,
The most likely cause of your problem is a loose wire in the plug connecting your fridge to the power socket - check the terminal screws that secure the wires into the plug, and of course check or replace the fuse with a known "good" one.

Also plug some other appliance in the socket that your fridge is normally connected to, just to make sure there is power at the socket itself.

I have never known fridges to have internal fuses, but there's always a first time :-)

Hope this helps - if not come back with a comment so I can try to help you further.

Cheers, D.

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