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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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  • shan381 Jul 13, 2008

    I too have the same problem I have a magic chef frig. it is about 15 yrs old it is in the garage, and just started tripping the gfi breaker. we tried cleaning it plugging into another outlet but still trips it. what to do next????

  • lorcher03 Jan 10, 2009

    We bought a used refrigerator and replaced the old one. the new one tripped the breaker. We plugged it into another outlet in the same house and it tripped that breaker. I took it to my father-in-laws house and it worked fine. i took it to my father's house and it worked fine.

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    Where is the defrost timer located?

  • Joekelly Mar 19, 2009

    Last summer, my GE Side by
    side refrigerator started tripping the 15 AMP

    circuit breaker. The
    refrigerator has its sole outlet and sole circuit breaker.

    At the time, cleaned the
    compressor area and the compressor fan blades and freed all dust accumulation underneath
    refrigerator with special brush. This fixed the problem then.

    Recently, the breaker has
    begun tripping again and shutting appliance off. Checked the area back to make
    sure it is clear of all dust accumulations. It helped a little only. The breaker
    now trips every two, four or five days.

    Seems like there's a short
    somewhere, it cools as normal and runs fine, except it appears it is
    cycling on and off more frequently, at times.

    All helpful information and
    expertise will be very much appreciated. 

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    My SAMSUNG SIDE BY SIDE fridge model number SRS615DP keeps shorting out my circuit breaker after a few munutes...why?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    It turns on and stays on for about an hour then it trps



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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


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

Posted on Aug 05, 2008


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