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My Kenmore upright freezer suddenly stopped running. Initially the GFI on that circuit tripped. The breaker in the main panel did not. (Curiously, today's weather was about 15 deg cooler than the previous weeks temps, so it doesn't seem like the compressor would have been working as hard today.) Once I reset the GFI, the refrigerator that is plugged into the same outlet restarted, but the freezer did not. I was wondering if there is a circuit breaker somewhere on the freezer? I did not want to open the door to check. This freezer is from about 1996 or 1997. Thanks, Dave LeFevre Olympia, WA

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  • davelefevre3 Jul 13, 2009

    Since it took almost half an hour to get your response, I pursued my own solution.

    I started up my emergency generator and connected it to the freezer.

    The freezer started working again.



    I was wondering about your diagnosis of a defrost/heater problem.

    I am trying to figure out how that could that cause the GFI to trip.

    That was the primary problem.

    The freezer was warm enough by the time we discovered the problem that I don't think the defrost cycle would have kicked in.





    Thanks,

    Dave LeFevre

  • davelefevre3 Jul 13, 2009

    Ah, I see the confusion.

    I mentioned the freezer is an upright freezer. The refrig is a separate unit.

    (I also mentioned the frig and the freezer were plugged into the same outlet.)



    I also asked a question in my first email that I am still wondering about.

    Is there usually a circuit breaker somewhere in or on the freezer unit that can be reset (in case I run inot a similar problem again)?



    Thanks,

    Dave LeFevre

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Dave,
The freezer does not have a circuit breaker to reset. I am curious as to why there is a GFI socket for the refrigerator and freezer. Unless there is a water source near the two appliances, there really is no need for that type of outlet.
If the GFI is older or has been installed for a long period of time, they can get "weak". If this is the case I would definitely replace the outlet.
I assume both appliances are on a minimum of a 20 amp circuit, but really should be on separate circuits if there are additional loads on the same circuit.
Let me know.
Regards,

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Sounds like you probably have a defrost problem. It's either the defrost timer the defrost heater or the defrost thermostat. Remove the back wall of the freezer. Use an Ohm meter to check the heater and thermostat. You should get a reading of 0.0 on both. If you get a reading of 1, it's bad. If both check OK replace the defrost timer.

Hope this helps, if this doesn't take care of the issue then I would recommend you check with a local service person as any other problem is going to be far too difficult to diagnose remotely, especially via a "chat" type setup.

Thanks for your time, good luck!

Tim

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    Tim Grayson Jul 13, 2009

    Glad to hear you have it working again. The defrost issue I referred to could have caused voltage issues which can cause a breaker to trip. When you described that half the unit was working and the other half was not that lead me to believe this could be the issue. I am not sure how exactly you resolved the issue (meaning how that would work but your regular outlet didn't) but I am definitely glad it's fixed!

    Thanks so much, have a nice evening.

    Tim


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