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Fridge/freezer trips my circuit breaker

I have a fridge with top freezer. It is a frost free and keeps tripping my circuit breaker. It is approximately 15 years old but I only got it recently. The first day it tripped my breaker after about 6 hours. I then had it turned off over night and it worked for two days without a problem. It has again begun tripping my breaker. What is it? and how can it be fixed?

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Re: fridge/freezer trips my circuit breaker

This sounds like a grounded wire in your defrost system. Start by finding the defrost timer and checking the wires. One may have been pulled loose or pinched while it was being moved.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

Re: fridge/freezer trips my circuit breaker

It sounds to me that the compressor is on its way out.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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