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GFI switch outlet may have damaged Kenmore 55771 side-by-side?

We had a heavy rain last night and our house GFI switch triggered, killing the power through the outlet. Our Kenmore 55771 side by side was plugged in at the time. Once the weather cleared, we reset the GFI switch but every time we plugged in the Kenmore the switch triggered again. I tried plugging in other appliances and they worked fine in the outlet. Is this a problem with the Kenmore or with the GFI switch?

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    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    A refrig nor freezer , should be run from a G F I plug . If short cycled , they produce too high amps , for the plug .

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Could be the GFI switch.
The washer has a 3-prong (grounded) plug, what about the other appliances that you tested?
The GFI may not have a good ground and the 3-prong appliance provided a "difference" that the GFI detected as a "fault".

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I plugged a 30 amp power supply cord from an rv to a 15 amp house outlet to run a/c to rv . gfci tripped and wont reset. damaged gfci or something else?


A GFI outlet works independently of sensing an overload condition. Overloads are dealt with by the circuit breaker or fuse in your electrical panel. The GFI simply compares the current on the hot terminal (black or red wire) with the current on the neutral terminal (white or gray wire) and interrupts the current if there is more than 5mA (0.005 Amps) difference between the two.

Remove the load - in this case the RV plug - from the GFI outlet and attempt a reset. Make sure you're pressing the RESET button and not the TEST button. If it resets - you're all set. Reconnect the RV plug to a different outlet - preferably NOT a GFI type.

If it still wont reset, it is important to know that GFI outlets can be wired in such a way that any circuit extended to other outlets (lights, too) via the LOAD terminal screws will also be protected by the GFI. We need to be sure that there wasn't something else causing the fault. Check other nearby outlets for functionality. Remove plugs from any outlet found not working and attempt to reset again.

If it will not reset - it is possible that the internal sensing circuitry has been damaged due to such a large amount of current trying to pass. In this case, replacing the GFI outlet will be needed.

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Is a house plug with a cfic braker light suppose to be red or green


Most are green when functioning properly. Many have no lights at all. Try depressing the reset and see if the outlet works again. If not there are other things to look for. Often times one GFI outlet feeds multiple more outlets from the "load" connection on the back side of the GFI. If there is something wet, overloading the rating, or something with a fault in any of the outlets multipled off the single GFI it will trip. Disconnect all devices then attempt to reset. If that doesn't work and you possess some electrical skills pull the GFI outlet and disconnect the wires going to the "load" connection (While power is off) Re-energize and attempt to reset the GFI Outlet. If it resets your problem is beyond that outlet in the circuit of what you disconnect. You may not have found all the affected outlets. FYI if you have a 15amp GFI the rule of thumb is you can put more devices on outlets working off or through the GFI that add up to more than 1500 watts. If it is a 20amp GFI a quick rule of thumb is no load over 2000 watts. Space heaters, blow dryers, and hair curlers are often 1800 watts each. One alone and can trip a 15 amp GFI.

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There can be several causes for this symptom. Does the outlet have a breaker or "switch" that is tripped? If this is a GFI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet, first disconnect any cord or equipment plugged into the outlet, then press the "reset" button in the middle of the receptacle. The GFI's should not/will not reset with anything plugged in. (If they are working correctly.) More specific information needed if this does not take care of the problem. There are numerous other things which could be causing this problem, loose conections, bad generator, broken or damaged wires on the electrical system, inverter problems, etc. Refer to your owners manual if at all possible, take a look here at this link if you don't have a copy.<<< http://servicenet.dewalt.com/Products/Detail?isId=true&productNumber=DG6000&selectedType=6326# >>>>

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Hi, I have a Kenmore top freezer refrigerator model number 363.79567990. The freezer stopped working and I found out that I had to press the "Reset" button on the outlet while it was unplugged...


It sounds like you've plugged your fridge into a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) article 210.8 A (6) says in dwelling units, only those outlets in a kitchen (I'm assuming your fridge is in the kitchen - right?) "where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces" must be provide ground fault protection aka "GFI outlet". Unless your town, city, county or state has laws that supersede the NEC, you should have the outlet changed to a standard, grounded outlet to prevent the nuisance tripping you are experiencing when the cooling compressor is trying to start. A refrigerator is not a counter surface appliance, and therefore does not require GFI protection.

The other outlets are fed from this outlet, so when you connect the fridge to another outlet on the circuit, the same GFI plug trips again. When you replace the GFI plug with a "regular one, the GFI plug should be installed in another outlet to provide the GFI protection needed in the kitchen - as described in the NEC above. If you are not familiar with how to do this, please, call a licensed electrician to do this very important job for you. Be safe & be smart.

I hope this helps!

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My wife and I just moved into our house and cannot get anything on the dishwasher to activate. We have checked fuses, lightswitches that might be wired to DW power -- nothing has worked. Is there a...


Sounds like a power supply issue. Take off the lower panels below the door and look to the right side of the opening, you will see a little square steel cover. This cover is where your power comes into the dishwasher. Follow the line coming into the dishwasher, it will either be a power cord that leads to an outlet, or a regular power line coming in. IF it leads to an outlet, try plugging something into the outlet. If the outlet is under the sink, try switching the plug from the top outlet to the bottom one (or vice~versa). Sometimes the outlets under sinks are set up so that a garbage disposer can be plugged into one of the outlets that is controlled by a wall switch.
If you get no power to the outlet, and all of your breakers are on, look for a GFI outlet that may have been tripped. These outlets have the little "test" and "reset" buttons on them and often are wired in parallel so that multiple outlets are powered (and protected) by one GFI.
Lastly if you have determined that there is power to the outlet, remove the cover under the dishwasher and inspect the wire connections. I have found many machines that had poor connections causing the wire nuts to burn right off the cord connections.
Now if everything else checks out power wise, you may have a blown fuse located on the control board housing inside the console of the machine. Get the part before you disassemble the door. To access it you will have to remove all the screws around the inner door liner and separate the two halves of the door. The control board is in the top right corner of the door and is usually under a plastic cover. The fuse is a small white thing that clips to the control board housing.
Good luck! Hope this helps you out!

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You say "electrical installation checked OK"...is the machine hard wired into a junction box or does it plug into an outlet?

If in a wall socket the new house circut may be on a wall switch which is currently off. If it is plugged into a GFI outlet it may have tripped, Find another power source to wire to, GFI plugs and dishmachines just don't get along, Learned that some time ago!

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Check for voltage where the house wires are wire capped in the machine if hard wired, sometimes twisting those can cause issues.

I doubt your machine has a reset switch but many hobart units have on on the motors.

It really sounds like you have a voltage issue.

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Refrigerators are not designed to run on a GFCI. Try a heavy duty extension cord to the fridge from a outlet that is not GFCI protected. If it still trips you probably have a short circuit in the compressor.

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Most GFI uints I have seen are not rated for large amounts of power consumption. I used to throw the one in my bathroom if I was running the electric heater and the wife fired up the hair dryer.

I'm wondering if this indeed does require the additional 110 connection then it sould be pulling heavy current from it to aid in the cleaning process. I've never seen a stove that needed the extra. My old electric range had only the 220 as well as my elders.

So if that is the case then you should not be running that through the GFI outlet because of the heavy drain will heat the breaker in the GFI and cause it to trip. Breakers actually work very similar to how the old fuses work. Heat causes the switch to throw. GFI units have a lower tolerance (designed to detect shorts quicker to save your life) and trip quicker than breakers do.

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