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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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  • ando2 Jan 07, 2008

    Thanks, but this is in Australia and earth leakage units are the norm. However, I think I have solved the problem - maybe! There is a damaged door seal and there was ice formlng around the earthed/electrical area within the cavity of the freezing/defrost area. Have decided to renew the seal, and apply insulation foam to both door cavities and see what transpires. I am in awe that in this mellenium manufacturers still don't apply insulation to the cavities of their fridge/freezer doors!

  • Clip226 226 Apr 13, 2009

    Wel, I moved to a new house and the 1st few hours everything seemed fine, then the earth leakage tripped... it's immediatly. The fridge did defrost , but that was 24 hours ago... what ever tripped it must be dry by now... I took it apart on the insdie and saw some wires connecting to the regulator buttin was damp...(this could be the problem) I'm going to have to let it dry out properly. You could also check the drainage pipes, they run into a bowl at the back and that might over flow.

    Never run the fridge without the earthleakage connected...(you'll cook the steak inside and yourself)



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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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