Out of nowhere my fridge is popping the GFI switch. The weird thing is I can reset it, and it will be OK for hours.....then pop. I've isolated the problem to the fridge by having it as the only electrical compoent plugged into the circuit, then by pluggging it into another kitchen circuit with GFI. POP. I've removed the back cover and cleaned out all the (cough, cough) dust and inspecd the outlets as well.
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Re: Fridge is popping my GFI switch
Refrigerators are not supposed to be plugged into gfi outlets as they can operate normally and still trip the gfi protector. try plugging the unit into an unprotected outlet and it should work fine. incidentally you'll probably have to replace the gfi outlet as it has probably weakend from being used on the refrig.
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Refrigerators are not recommended to be plugged into a GFI outlet. Depending on the age of the fridge there will be spikes in the current the fridge uses at certain times causing the GFI to trip. A GFI outlet is much more sensitive to current than a non GFI outlet that is tied back to the the regular breaker in the electrical panel. Pleazer Appliance...
It sounds like you've plugged your fridge into a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) article 210.8 A (6) says in dwelling units, only those outlets in a kitchen (I'm assuming your fridge is in the kitchen - right?) "where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces" must be provide ground fault protection aka "GFI outlet". Unless your town, city, county or state has laws that supersede the NEC, you should have the outlet changed to a standard, grounded outlet to prevent the nuisance tripping you are experiencing when the cooling compressor is trying to start. A refrigerator is not a counter surface appliance, and therefore does not require GFI protection.
The other outlets are fed from this outlet, so when you connect the fridge to another outlet on the circuit, the same GFI plug trips again. When you replace the GFI plug with a "regular one, the GFI plug should be installed in another outlet to provide the GFI protection needed in the kitchen - as described in the NEC above. If you are not familiar with how to do this, please, call a licensed electrician to do this very important job for you. Be safe & be smart.
Why do you have your fridge plugged into a GFI outlet? It is not necessary if the outlet is hidden by the fridge. A GFI is only used where an outlet is within 6 feet of water and is out in the open. I would replace it with a new regular outlet.
It could have popped the gfi plug , when in defrost . It can draw up to 6 amps in defrost . Use an extension cord to another outlet not gfi . If in defrost when popped , after plugged in for a little while (28-32 min) , it should cycle on . I wouldn't leave it permanently on extension cord , but replace that plug behind fridge to a normal plug (not gfi) .
We had same problem with different fridge. Is the fridge cooling things? When ours did that we needed to replace the relay overload start capacitor it's called a three in one. It acts like a giant battery to give your compressor a n extra boost to get started runs about 25 bucks relatively easy fix only has three wires to connect
I assume by "earth leakage" you mean it is on a GFI circuit? Some older GFI outlets are sensitive to and do not work well with motors or other inductive loads like your refridgerator compressor. As for the compressor feeling hot, this is usually normal.
If this is a GFI outlet, try replacing it with new unit. If it is a GFI breaker, try replacing that.