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I have a Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator. It has been tripping the circuit breaker for a couple of days and now temp is droping in the fridge and freezer.

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Kenmore ref model 795.73266303. After power outage fridge won't turn on. Lights inside work but the digital thermostat is off.


Check the parts list at the link below to see if a circuit breaker is present in your fridge, it could have tripped if incoming line problems were unstable:

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Sounds like the electric motor in the fridge may have shorted out some of the windings which is causing it to draw more current. You should get one of those clamp on amp meters to see how much current it is drawing when it first kicks on.

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A 15A circuit is mainly reserved for lighting.

Even some vacuum cleaners would trip a 15A circuit breaker.

The problem isn't with your refrigerator...its with the breaker installed in the breaker box.

Check your wire size and follow these rules :
12 gauge wire can have 30A c/b max
14 gauge wire can have 20A c/b max
16 gauge wire can have 15A c/b max

So, if the wires coming out of the wall socket is 12 gauge or even 14 gauge...you should be able to swap that 15A circuit breaker with a 20A circuit breaker.
This should be plenty for your refrigerator...if it "pops a 20A"...then you've got appliance problems.

If you don't feel comfortable doing that...then get a new 15A breaker...because it sounds like the other one has gotten weak.

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Unless there is a dedicated circuit of 20 amps to the refrigerator this will continue to happen When your refrigerator goes into defrost and other things like lights fans air conditioners are on the same circuit it will have no choice to not trip the breaker. Try this turn the breaker off and how may thing in your house stop working? You need a 20 AMP circuit or this will possibly damage the compressor or weaken the breaker because it has tripped so many time. Thanks, Please rate my solution, I have done this work for 30 years. Thanks, Sea Breeze
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