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HI, I have a whirlpool refridgerator model # ed22gw, It worked fine then 3 days ago it triped the gfci I unplugged and tried different outlets with no other load on them and it would still trip the breaker after only a few seconds ( the fan was working and the light inside) and today I plugged it back in and it is working fine. I dont have a lot of experience working on appliences however with some advice this should be a simple fix. Thanks for any and all info

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Refrigerators should not be run on gfci plugs .As they age , they will pull slightly more amps . Also , gfci plugs will weaken even though no previous problem with them . If you have a gfci plug behind the refrig , replace it with a normal type plug .

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