The freezer is just a couple months old, energy star name brand & all has been
fine until today. We had rain & wind last night, but the freezer's in the
garage plugged into a socket on an interior wall. Just today I noticed that the
freezer was off, & found the GFCI was popped. It would reset for some seconds,
then pop again when the freezer was turned back on. Nothing else different was
on the line, & no other higher volt using appliances were running when the GFCI
kept popping. I plugged the freezer into a different outlet in the garage using
an extension cord, reset the GFCI, & all is well. The GFCI hasn't popped since.
Is this a bad GFCI or ? ? ? ? Many thanks, homeowners.
Freezers and refrigerators should not be plugged into a GFCI. They may trip
and the food will spoil.
Get a few items that draw a reasonable current such as the electric heaters
or anything else with a 3 wire plug ( two wires plus the ground) . Plug
them into the GFCI socket and see if it trips. That should tell you if it
is the receptical or something else.
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If it is that new, turn it in on a warranty complaint. It is
defective,.A properly operating freezer or refrigerator will not trip
My bet is the compressor is bad (internal short) and they usually have
a 10 year warranty.
Do not let them bullshit you that they are supposed to trip GFCIs.
They are not and as of the 2014 code, you will have GFCI or AFCI (30ma
GF) protection on every outlet in your house.
On 02/17/2014 12:40 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Correct. The freezer apparently has leakage to ground.
You said there was a lot of rain and it's in the garage, so the interior
might have gotten wet. Otherwise it's defective.
The only other possibility is that the outlet itself is defective or got
That happened to me a few times after storms. In my case, it was an
outside outlet that was on the same circuit as a refrigerator in the
garage. The rain blew into the outside outlet popping the fuse.
I waterproofed the outside outlet and it hasn't happened since.
On Monday, February 17, 2014 8:05:18 AM UTC-5, willshak wrote:
That's what I thought too, given the fact that it happened during
wind and rain. But, the rest of his description, would seem to rule
that out. He said if he resets it with the fridge plugged in, it
runs for some seconds then quits. If he doesn't have the fridge
plugged in, then it will stay reset. IDK how a wet outlet somewhere
down the line could cause that.
As an experiment, if has a long enough extension cord, he could
try plugging the fridge into some other GFCI outlet as a test
and see what happens.
Wow! Thanks for all the speedy replies, folks. Just to clarify, the fridge is
downstream of the actual GFCI outlet, which is in the master bath. Yeah, we do
have some plugs outside with covers where rain could have gotten in, or general
moisture. No water at all in the garage. How do you tell what outlets are in
the circuit of a particular GFCI outlet? We have at least 3 GFCI's that I know
of without hardly thinking, would have to go look around to see if there's
others. Did I say that the freezer is plugged into a different non-GFCI garage
outlet via ext cord? It's been running fine since yesterday, so that's about
15+ hours without a glitch. Again, many thanks. Happy Pres Day!
Press the test button and then go test each outlet. The ones that are dead
are the ones on that GFCI.
What is not clear to me is whether or not that non-GFCI receptacle is
downstream and protected by the suspect GFCI. If you press the test button
on the suspect GFCI does that receptacle go off?
Still not clear of the status of the current receptacle that you are using.
Is is protected by the same GFCI that was giving you trouble?
BTW you probably should not leave the freezer plugged into an extension
cord. At a minimum, it should be a good quality, fairly short extension
cord of sufficient gauge to handle the freezer. In other words, I hope it's
not your basic $2.99 zip cord extension cord.
On Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:44:02 PM UTC-6, toddeus wrote:
been fine until today. We had rain & wind last night, but the freezer's in
the garage plugged into a socket on an interior wall. Just today I noticed
that the freezer was off, & found the GFCI was popped. It would reset for
some seconds, then pop again when the freezer was turned back on. Nothing e
lse different was on the line, & no other higher volt using appliances were
running when the GFCI kept popping. I plugged the freezer into a different
outlet in the garage using an extension cord, reset the GFCI, & all is wel
l. The GFCI hasn't popped since. Is this a bad GFCI or ? ? ? ? Many thanks,
It is possible that there is some outdoor outlet leakage, not enuf to trip
the gfci by itself, but adding a little more leakage from the freezer is en
ouf to trip it. All other comments are more or less correct
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