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Periodic tripping of earth leakage switch.

Our Kelvinator Impression Series 640L side by side fridge freezer (approx 10 years old) has started to periodically trip the earth leakage switch. It appears to be possibly during the defrost cycle, however I'm unsure of this. I wondered if it may be thermostat, defrost part, or a fan or element problem. Could only happen on New Year's Day! I would appreciate any suggestion or advice you could give. Cheers - Happy New Year.

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Re: Periodic tripping of earth leakage switch.

Your not supposed to run an appliance on a ground fault circuit because most of the components ground to the body og unit do you have it on a gcfi well here in america anyway

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