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Is a refrigerator usually plugged in to a GFI outlet?

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  • kk1887 Oct 06, 2010

    My cheap apartment building has my fridge wired to a GFI, and it spontaneously tripped when I was out of town (there was nothing that I did to overload it and everything was fine when I left). All of my food spoiled because of it, which wasn't discovered until I returned 2 weeks later. I'm considering filing suit against my landlord for negligence possibly due to faulty wiring.

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It is not good practice to use refrigerator on a GFI. it is not that it wont work but every time a gfi trips it is degraded. GFI can also be daisy chained up to 4 other plugs can be conneced to it if the electrician wired it that way.

A refrigerator is suppos to be on a dedicated circut.

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  • kk1887 Oct 06, 2010

    So a refrigerator is always supposed to be on it's own dedicated circuit? If it's connected to multiple outlets, would that be considered wrong wiring?

  • Donald  Rowan
    Donald Rowan Oct 06, 2010

    No.... you will need to check city electric code for your area and see if a GFI is required or not.

    but it is not bad wiring. your GFI could have triped for many reasons.

    you could have a problem with the refrigerator.
    you could have had a power surge.
    The GFI could have just went bad

    I have seen this happen many times and we just don't recomend a GFI on the Refrigerator.

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Wow hope you talked to your landlord first or I wouldn't want you for a tenant. No a frig should not be plugged into a GFI which is otherwise a safety feature in the kitchen. Communicate with your landlord . Is there another outlet the frig should be plugged into? Otherwise request a repair and a resonable credit for the food loss. Jane

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  • kk1887 Oct 15, 2010

    Of course I talked to my landlord, but their version of repairing the refrigerator was pressing the "reset" button on another GFI outlet that the fridge is connected to. They also refused to give me credit for any food but said it's more of a renter's insurance issue, which I completely disagree with since the outlet tripped spontaneously while I was out of town.

  • jpsullie Oct 17, 2010

    A conscientious landlord should check out the problem. Plug the frig. into another outlet not protected by a GFI. (if you trip the GFI all plugs after that circut will loose power also, so don' t plug it into one of those either) The outlet should be grounded and you should not use an extension cord. If the main breaker snaps you probably have a fault refrigerator. Also try plugging other appliances in the outlet protected by the GFI. If the GFI snaps it may need replacing and if it is the only place you can plug the refrig. in without using an extension cord I'd not replace it with another GFI protected circuit,which may or may not mean running a new circuit

  • jpsullie Oct 17, 2010

    A conscientious landlord should check out the problem. Plug the frig. into another outlet not protected by a GFI. (if you trip the GFI all plugs after that circut will loose power also, so don' t plug it into one of those either) The outlet should be grounded and you should not use an extension cord. If the main breaker snaps you probably have a fault refrigerator. Also try plugging other appliances in the outlet protected by the GFI. If the GFI snaps it may need replacing and if it is the only place you can plug the refrig. in without using an extension cord I'd not replace it with another GFI protected circuit,which may or may not mean running a new circuit .

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