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Old 02-19-2019, 10:43 PM   #1
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Outdoor refrigerator trips GFCI

When our outdoor refrigerator cools and the compressor kicks off, the gfci trips immediately and we lose all power.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:57 PM   #2
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I have several thoughts. Are you handy with an amprobe type meter? If so...check the amps of the compressor/refer to confirm in specs. Next/first is to replace breaker that has GFIC breaker in it. I am sure an electrical expert will be along.

My first thought is the potential relay is finding a weak/high resistance load and somehow tripping GFI breaker. Second thought is high/amperage resistance load. The potential relay is a cheap repair if found bad. Another thought is a weak ground connection in the circuit. If I understand GFI....they work through the neutral/ground circuit....bla bla
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:48 PM   #3
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try replacing the GFI outlet.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:36 PM   #4
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Being your first post, a little advice: Tell us a lot more details.

Right now, the information we have is "Something's broken, what is it?"

We need more information like:

What make/model is your trailer?
How long have you owned it?
When did the problem start?
Etc.

It could be a number of things that you need to narrow down and isolate.

1. Is it the GFCI or the breaker tripping?
2. Do you push the button on the outlet in the bathroom or flip the switch in the panel?
3. What else is plugged into all the outlets (especially the bathroom or kitchen)? Anything like a hairdryer, griddle, etc.
4. Have you used a GFCI wall tester? This will likely tell you if it's on the circuit or the refrigerator side.

Depending on your trailer, try to get to the back of the outlet. It could very well be that there is a screw or something going through the wiring.
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