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I know why I should not use a ground fault receptical

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I know why I should not use a ground fault receptical for a freezer, but would a ground fault receptical actually damage a freezer? My new freezer was plugged into a ground fault when it tripped. But now the freezer trips the breaker on any circuit, GFI protected or not
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 9 months ago.

Hello from JA
My name is Woody.
I will be glad to assist you today.
I have been servicing ALL Major Brands of Appliances for 35 Years,
and have over 100,000 in home repairs and over 80,000 internet repairs under my belt.

That depends upon your definition of damage the freezer .

Damage it so it could not operate ,if the GFCI trips the unit will not cool ,and if that goes unnoticed it will make the unit stink to high heaven with the spoiled food smell.

But the GFCI out let will NOT damage the electrical components of the unit.

If it is tripping a non GFCI outlet it sounds as if you either have a failed compressor pulling too many amps or something is shorted to ground.

Do you have a clamp on amperage meter to read the amp draw of the unit?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The freezer trips both GFCI and non GFIC outlets. After it tripped the first time, the freezer never worked again. Frigidaire says the use of a GFCI voids the warranty.
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 9 months ago.

Do you have a clamp on amperage meter to read the amp draw of the unit?

And it does say in most manufacturers use and care booklets NOT to use a Freezer or Refrigerator on a GFCI outlet .because when the compressor starts it can trip the GFCI outlet.

Even the defrost circuit can trip a GFCI outlet.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No meter. I understand that the freezer could trip the GFCI; what I do not understand is why it should void a warranty on the machine, if the GFIC can do the machine no damage
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 9 months ago.

I see no way it can damage the unit just because it is on a GFCI ,if the outlet trips then it can damage the unit.

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