scott b

07:43PM | 10/15/03
Member Since: 04/24/03
6 lifetime posts
We have a GFCI receptacle installed in our garage on a dedicated line for our deep freeze. A couple weeks ago the GFCI tripped and of course disconnected power to the freezer. Luckily we caught it in time, and had the GFCI replaced with a 20A gfci. Well, it just happened again today. The amperage is only around 10 amps. Is it a bad idea to have a gfci on freezer or fridge just in case you are not around to reset it? Should gfci's not be on appliances with motor loads? An electrician told us it is code to have a gfci in the garage, so what now?


05:15AM | 10/16/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I'm not an electrician and don't know the code aspect to your question (an interesting dilemma)...but I've read about how GFCIs should not be used on refrigeration equipment--and for exactly the reasons you specify: they can get tripped and forgotten for days, and they don't coexist well with compressors.

It may have even been on this Board somewhere--so it's worth some searching. And if I find a link, I will post it here.

Good luck,

Tom O

12:21PM | 10/16/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
You can have an electrician install a single receptacle (not a duplex) that is not GFI protected. The receptacle must be installed behind the freezer so that the freezer must be moved to gain access to the recptacle (in other words, block access to this receptacle with the freezer).

Make sure that the freezer does not block the existing (required) GFI receptacle..



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