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It may be possible the defrost heater is shorting to earth or ground. This would trip the GFI every time the refrigerator went into defrost. It also is possible that water has infiltrated the insulation and causing a leakage current. This would be much harder to fix.
call ana accredited electrician to check the insulation of the wires and for vermin infestation that is across electrical connections
it could be a faulty capacitor or failed motor as the earth leakage breaker is also a fuse for excessive current draw
Put an AC Amp meter (preferably a logging type) on to the unit for when using it. See if it exceeds that of the circuit breaker or fuse. Most of these appliances pull about the maximum allowable load from the mains supply. If the Amps never exceeded the rating of the breaker or fuse, this means the problem is with the electrical panel.
I have seen a defective heating element in appliances cause the tripping of a circuit breaker in the electrical panel. With age the element becomes a little lower in resistance at times, and thus is drawing slightly too much current. Replacing the element fixed it.
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.
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Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to starttrouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then callinga repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Tripping an earth leakage would indicate a break down of insulation in the windings of the compressor, the possibility of a short circuit in the wiring system or the defrost element down to earth. I recommend you have a certified technician check it out before you have a fire. If the Hoover is in good condition there is no reason not to replace it. Rate me please.
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.
Hi akula, 200 ks to a fridgie, LG appliance, you must be in Australia;) Is it the earth leakage circuit breaker operating. If so, then you have a leakage problem to earth from the heater pad(not quite sure what that is, but this problem will need to be repaired. Am doing some research to see if there is anything that can be done without just getting a new fridge. Back to you soon.