I'm starting to install GFCI outlets in this house I just bought. I'm
starting with the circuit where the fridge would be. From what I can
tell right now, the fridge is on its own circuit, but I haven't verified
every single outlet; just ones on the same part of wall on both sides of
the wall. The problem is that I have 4 wires total, one green (ground),
one red, and two white wires.
I'm not sure at all how to wire this up. The old outlet had green to
ground, red on the top left, white #1 on the top right, and white #2 on
the bottom right. How would I wire this for a GFCI outlet?
The outlet that I think is intended to the fridge would go behind the
fridge where I plan to have the fridge. There's another outlet nearby
that's also a part of the kitchen; that could work just as well.
Generally, I'm just trying to keep it safe and update the whole kitchen
together. I just coincidentally started on this one first. I doubt
this would be the last outlet I see wired this way. I don't see a
mention in the online manual of how much current the fridge draws, and
I'm aware I might have to get a higher amperage GFCI.
I don't think how many wires or colors you have in an outlet matters.
Just parallel move it over to the new GFCI outlet if you want to.
Typically bathroom, exterior outlets need to be GFCI. In addition,
in my house I have some in the sunroom/greenhouse.
If I do a parallel move, that puts from the backside:
red on the top left of "load"
white #1 on the top right of "load"
white #2 on the bottom right of "line"
green on ground
I did try this to satisfy my curiosity. I couldn't reset the outlet and
try anything; it was dead after turning on the breaker. I could have
connected something poorly, of course.
Wondering if that particular outlet is that of split one. Common thing
in ther kitchen. Top and bottom half are split and fed by different
breaker if that's the case. Like two circuits in one outlet. If it is
split one, looking from the side of outlet, the metal link
connecting'two halves is knocked off(missing)
Very odd number and color of wires in that box. Red usually comes with a 3
wire circuit, red black white ground is understood.
White is typically a neutral, but can be a hot wire. Your wiring description
tells me that the red is the hot and their are two neutrals.
I certainly do not understand why you would put a refer motor on a gfci
In a kitchen, by current code all counter outlets are required to be GFCI
protected. Do not install a GFCI for the fridge. Whatever wires you find on
the existing outlet: i.e. two whites, one red, and green, Connect green to
ground, connect red to "line hot" which should be a brass screw, and splice
both whites together with a third white wire,(a pigtail) which you connect
to the "line neutral" You are going to have different sets of wires at each
outlet, but follow this same procedure. If you find two black wires on an
existing outlet, connect them to the new GFCI with a pigtail as well.
I can. There is probably a three wire cable and a two wire cable in the
box. The two black wires are spliced together to pass that circuit on to
the next outlet. The red stops at the outlet Adam is working on to feed
that outlet. The original installer connected the two whites on the outlet
to join them together as well as feed that outlet. A better method would be
to have spliced the whites together and add a pigtail to feed the outlet as
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