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Fridge freezer shorting out electrics

Whenever my fridge freezer compressor starts - the house curcuit breakers trip - have isolated the compressor and one of the fans and it still does it so presume this rules out the compressor and the fan I can access - any suggestions

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The cause of this situation could simply be an overloaded circuit. Homes are built with dedicated circuit for fridge only now because of this. If you notice power outage in other rooms or other appliances in kitchen then the circuit affected,I.E. other outlets affected need the load lightened. If it is a dedicated circuit then could be faulty breaker or possibly altered wiring could be cause.These have to be ruled out before you will know for sure. If it isn,t dedicated outlet for fridge only, just plugging in a light could overload loaded circuit.

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