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Is a refrigerator usually plugged in to a GFI outlet that's connected to multiple other outlets? Is it mere poor practice or should it never be done?

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A GFI outlet (Ground Fault Interrupt) is actually designed to provide extra protection from electrocution in wet areas where water can come into contact with a hot wire, and as long as the refrigerator is plugged directly into the GFI outlet and is not plugged into the GFI outlet by using any extension cord then there should not be any problem as long as the GFI outlet is not over-loaded with other appliances or large electrical demands. If the GFI outlet is tripping then either there is a faulty appliance or electrical device plugged into the GFI outlet or the GFI outlet is simply over-loaded with too much electrical demand, or the GFI breaker could be faulty. Plugging a refrigerator into a GFI outlet is not bad practice, however over-loading one is and that is what should never be done.

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