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My 5-6 yo freezer just started to trip the GFI outlet that it has been plugged into all this time in our garage. Any idea why?

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Change the gfi its starting to fail do it soon before you damage the freezer

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Not cooling


is the freezer plugged into a gfi outlet? outlet may have tripped.
if there is power to the unit: (light on, fan running, etc.)
a large clump of frost around the lines/ top shelf, means it could be a leaker and will need to be replaced.
a clicking, humming noise repeating every few minutes could be a compressor start relay.
if the freezer has tripped the breaker, the compressor has developed an internal short and again would have to be replaced

Oct 31, 2013 | Freezers

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When I plug the freezer into the outlet, the GFI pops, what is wrong?


To be short, the only thing in the machine that really has the capability of causing that is the compressor. Its got a floating short in and when it makes contact it trips the outlet/breaker. Check for any exposed wires just to be sure but I'm pretty certain that the compressor is the culprit and either it or the machine needs to be replaced

Apr 25, 2012 | Frigidaire 14.1 cu. ft. Upright Freezer...

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After moving to a new home, the freezer keeps tripping the breaker every few days


My first instinct is to ask you, are you plugging this freezer into a GFI outlet, one which has a breaker switch as part of the outlet? If so, that is the culprit and not the freezer, as refrigerators and freezers will often trip this ground fault indicator because water can on occasion reach ground, which causes the breaker to trip on the outlet.

Test this by plugging the freezer into a non GFI outlet for longer than a few days. Nothing is broken and you dont need refrigerator repair service.

Sep 29, 2010 | Maytag 15 cu. ft. / 425 liter Upright...

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When I plug my freezer to an outlet not gfi protected it works fine, but when I plug it into an outlet that is gfi protected it pops the breaker. I dont understand why.


All fridge and freezers should be plugged into an NON-GFCI protected outlet, since the inital start of the compressor can cause the GFCI to detect a millivolt surge, when the compressor starts, causing the GFCI to trip.

If this is in a kitchen, you should change out the outlet to a non-GFCI outlet BUT only to a single outlet that only has the freezer plugged into.

If it's in a basement, garage, or some other place with a GFCI outlet, you can change out that one outlet to a standard single outlet device of which ONLY the freezer will be plugged into and remain code compliant. You will need to make sure that any other outlets served by that current GFCI outlet stay protected, by installing the GFCI you swap out, and put it in place of the NEXT outlet in the circuit.

By doing that, you will have the first outlet that was the GFCI, now a single outlet NON-GFCI serving the freezer, but the next outlet in the branch circuit gets a GFCI outlet, thus protecting the rest of the circuit, in compliance with the NEC (National Electric Code)

If you need further help with this, please comment back and I'll check back later and provide you more detailed info. Of course, be sure to turn off the breaker to this circuit before making any changes to the outlets, etc.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Aug 21, 2009 | GE Freezers

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Hi There, My freezer is less than 3 years old. (MQU1656BEW) It seems to be tripping the GFI plug in our garage. (It is not plugged into this plug, but is on the same circuit.) I have plugged it into an...


Refrigerators and freezers should not be run on a GFI outlet the it will weaken and start tripping.Most manufacturers now print this in the owners manual.

Aug 17, 2009 | Maytag 15.6 cu. ft. Upright Freezer...

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Problem with Maytag Chest Freezer model MQC1557aew.


First make sure than the condensing coil in the freezer is clean of dust and dirt(it is behind the grill vent in the bottom side of the freezer where the compresor is) If it is clough brush the dirt off after you unplugit.When is clean wait a few minutes ,5, and plugg it back at the GFI outlet and see if work If still tripped the outlet you may have to replace it.

Apr 04, 2009 | Maytag 14.8 cu. ft. / 419 liter Chest...

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GFCI and code


This is self explanitory. If the outlet is getting wet, it either needs to trip or go up in smoke. Not very surprizing because most restaurant personel only know that the unit has failed. Don 't care why either. Just fix it. Can't sight chapter and verse but I do know that if the outlet is located within a certain number of feet of a water source, code calls for the GFI. All new homes built in the last 8 to 10 years must have a GFI in the bathrooms and kitchen areas. You may want to point that out.

May 23, 2008 | Freezers

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