The kitchen outlet circuit with the GFI is very sensitive it trips all
the time. Where do I start looking for potential culprit. I have to
move the refrigerator out of that circuit or food will spoil The range
is affected too. This is in an rental where the outlet circuit was
Depending on where you live, you cannot do this work yourself, you must
hire a licensed electrician.
It's possible that it is the GFCI outlet, I've had that happen. It's
fairly painless to replace it and eliminate that as the cause.
Moving the refrigerator out was a good idea. Personally the only thing
I believe should be on the same circuit as a frig should be a single light
that is used often so it will be noticed if that circuit goes out.
Otherwise I like them on their own circuit.
The refrigerator is likely the culprit. The NEC does not require the
refrigerator to be on a dedicated circuit, although it's a good idea, and it
doesn't require it to be GFCI protected. The range outlet (120 volt) doesn't
need to be GFCI protected either, unless it's a counter top outlet
Is this a circuit on a GFCI circuit breaker, or is it on a standard
breaker, with the GFCI function provided by one or more GFCI
receptacles? I ask because if the GFCI functions is provided by
individual receptacles, the local building department might allow a
non-GFIC receptacle for the refrigerator and stove if these were
dedicated single-receptacle outlets in locations were they were
unlikely to be used as "utility" outlets.
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Thanks to all who replied. I asked an electrical guy in my company.
He said it is very likely the GFCI outlet has become bad because it has
been placed upstream of the refrigerator. Over time the refreigerator
cycling on and off is making the GFCI outlet go bad.
This circuit is on a standard breaker with a GFCI receptacle.
I am no electrician. But if the fridge trips the GFCI. The fridge is
taken out so food spoils. This is not anyone wants.
I have placed the fridge either on a different circuit or upstream of
the GFCI I am not sure which. The tenanats complain to me the oven
doesn't work. It is because the GFCI keeps tripping to take the the
oven electricity source out so it won't ignite.
You can get away with plugging a fridge in a non-GFCI receptacle under
If the ground is good you shouldn't really have a problem but you
still have a ground fault that shows up on your electric bill. If you
cut open the compressor you would find burnt freon and signs of arcing
but since this is a sealed system you don't know anything until the
compressor gets so bad it shorts out and trips the breaker or blows a
winding open and won't start.
They usually run a long time this way but they cost more to operate
and are warning you they could crap out any day..
Please don't lead me astray. I am not interested in doing anything to
the fridge. It is 4 years old and working fine. I have no reason to
believe the fridge will stop working any time soon. I just want to get
rid of the GFCI tripping problem.
Commercial kitchens are required to have plug-in refrigerators/freezers
on GFCI circuits. I read somewhere the rationalle is that people have
been shocked (electrocuted?) by refrigerators/freezers, and they
shouldn't trip a GFCI.
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