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Old 10-12-2015, 04:51 PM   #1
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Refrigerator

What would cause the refrigerator to trip the ground fault outlets every time it's turned on. It was working fine until I had a new rear AC installed, not sure it's related. Thanks.
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A defective electric heat element will do that, basically a high resistance short to ground. It can be caused by corrosion where the heating element sits in its tube, a a strand of wire touching nearby metal. Try the fridge in LP gas mode and see if the GFCI trips (turn circuit breaker for fridge off so that it auto-slects LP mode when turned on)
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I don't think the refrigerator is even coming on, normally you can hear it running.
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Ok turn the refrigerator over to LP then back to AC and now it appears to be working....anyone have any ideas......
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Stuck relay in control board maybe.

But it is still suspect and if it was tripping gfi it is telling you something not right.

If you have an ohm meter there are simple things that need to be checked.

Search gfi troubleshooting for more help.
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A neighbor had a similar issue , tracked back to the ice maker in need of defrosting. But of course if you don't have an ice maker that wouldn't be your issue.
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I think I may have figured it out, this all started the day I washed the motor home, I'm thinking I got some water up in the outside refrigerator vent because it's running fine now, no more issues.
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Did it ever work since the new AC was installed?
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I think I may have figured it out, this all started the day I washed the motor home, I'm thinking I got some water up in the outside refrigerator vent because it's running fine now, no more issues.
Water or even a little moisture can cause a GFCI outlet to trip.
If it happens again try drying the outlet and the box it's mounted in with a hair dryer or a heat gun.
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