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Fridge blowing breaker

We just purchased a used fridge for the garage .It was plugged in and working when we bought it. We loaded it up ( no it was never on its side or anything like that) and brought it home. As soon as we plugged it in it blew the breaker and it keeps doing it. Help!!! What is wrong?

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Our son had the same problem; we saw it running and working in the garage of the seller and once at home, it kicked out, not the breaker, but the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). I checked the resistance from (earth) ground to the hot and neutral side of the AC plug and found it conductive. The problem was found; the defrost heater had gotten enough moisture inside to create a conductive path to ground. It wasn't dangerous (it would be a heavy 'tingle') but GFIs won't tolerate more that a milliampere or two to ground. I don't know if the seller knew of the problem since his garage receptacle was two-prong and not on a GFI circuit.
Make sure that this isn't the problem with your fridge.
BTW, I recommend to all that they buy a low-priced digital multimeter; they are under $20 US and can be found at any auto parts store or Radio Shack. Having one of these around you can pretty quickly locate many electrical problems in the home and vehicles. You only need the most basic one you can find and they come with adequate Chinglish instructions.

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Try plugging it in somewhere else with nothing else on that breaker. No extension cords. My air compresser sometimes does the same thing due to a large power draw.

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