Question about Kenmore 53082 / 53084 Side by Side Refrigerator

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My Kenmore side by side cuts out when plugged in, trips the GFI.

We moved a few months ago, we used it full time before the move, now in the new house when we plug it in it blows the GFI, will not work at all.

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  • petersen99 Jan 31, 2009

    Checked all the above and also unplugged/disconnected power to compressor, lights, fans among others. Still trips any plug we use.

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    I am surprised the refrigerator is on a GFI. But -

    GFI's work on the theory that the current in the neutral wire has to be the same as the current in the line wire, or there must be a current path through something else, and that something else could be a human body. So, it trips.

    How old is the refrigerator? Many components like defrost timers and fan motors will continue to operate with internal short circuits, and not cause a problem, until connected to a GFI, and then it detects a circuit imbalance, and trips.

    Has it ever been worked on, and if so, what condition is the wiring? Correct any suspect wiring errors.

    Any exposed strands of wire sticking out anywhere? If so, correct.

    Is the power cord in good condition, and is the grounding conductor securely fastened? If not, correct

    Has the third prong been removed from the power cord? If so, have the power cord replaced.

    Please reply your findings, and I'll provide you with more instruction.


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Do you know how to use a volt-ohm meter, and do you have one avaiable to you? Preferably a digital one.

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