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Fridge keeps tripping the circuit breaker

I have a 13-year old Whirlpool ET20TK that tripped maybe 2x in a couple of years about 8 years ago. I replaced the circuit breaker (20amp) back then and everything was fine, until mid-2008 when it tripped again. The fridge has since been tripping the breaker more frequently: Nov 2008, mid-Jan 2009, mid-Feb, and today, March 1st. The fridge is on the same circuit as the toaster/broiler and the microwave. The tripping now happens even when there's no activity on those 2 appliances - though they're plugged in.

Should I replace the circuit breaker again or just replace the fridge? Please help! Thanks in advance!

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    To Skeeter140 - No, the plug was not warm at all. Thanks!

  • neworchids Mar 02, 2009

    To Skeeter140 - No, the plug was not warm at all. Thanks!

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    On your plug where the fridge plugs into the wall is it warm?

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Get an inexpensive clamp amp meter (Harbor Freight has them). Turn off power to the plug. Remove plug from wall but do not disconnet wires. turn fridge OFF. plug the unit in the recept. turn on the power. set the meter for the higest reading (amps) & clamp it around the black wire. turn the fridge ON & observe start up current & the "run" current. If the fridge is within limits on the data plate the problem is in the wiring circuit, maybe a loose connection either @ the plug or the breaker. if there are several plugs in the circuit, the problem could be in one of them. In addition, if there is a gfi plug in this circuit, it could be faulty also.

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Your fridge should draw no more than 5amp. Presuming your breaker is at least 15amp there's a problem. Move to a different circuit first. If the condition persists check the start relay on the compressor. I have a suspicion the circuit may have another item you are not aware of.

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