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Experience:  15 yrs field experience with 11 yrs as self-employed contractor specializing in home repair\upgrades
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My refrigerator is tripping the circuit breaker, is there anything

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My refrigerator is tripping the circuit breaker, is there anything I can do?

Kevin :

Hello, and welcome to JA!!

Kevin :

Have you tried plugging the fridge into another outlet? You may have to use a short extension cord

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

Hi, yes I did and it the outlet I plugged it into, "stopped working" and I had to press the reset button. Not sure on the technical terms -

Kevin :

That is a GFCI outlet

Kevin :

how old is the house and how old is the fridge?

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

the house is six years old and the fridge is also six years old

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

I did reset the circuit breaker and it worked for about four minutes before it shut off again

Kevin :

I know this is not what you want to hear, but you have a faulty fridge. You will need to have an appliance repair person take a look at it

Kevin :

this is not an electrical problem

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

so there is nothing I can do in the interim

Kevin :

Probably not. The most likely culprit is a bad compressor motor

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

is that typical for a six year old fridge?

Kevin :

No. But it does happen.

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

ok, thanks

Kevin :

Wish I had better news for you

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

me too

Kevin :

but at least now you know which way to go

JACUSTOMER-8zjmtsf5- :

yes

Kevin :

Please dont forget to rate my service, and thanks for using JA!!

Kevin :

Please let me know if I can assist further

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