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BV018947

01:03AM | 03/24/19
I have all the outlets in three bathrooms, garage and exterior on the same circuit. There is a GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms. My problem is that I have just put a fridge in the garage and it trips the circuit.

After some thought I have come up with a plan as follows:

1. Rewire the first (GFCI) outlet so the downstream wires are pigtailed with the hot wire to the line connectors. I believe this should place all the downstream outlets in parallel with the GFCI protection and effectively leave them without GFCI protection.

2. Leaving the first, now rewired, outlet connected - disconnect all the other outlets and then check for the hot wire to identify the second most upstream outlet.

3. Wire the second outlet with a new GFCI outlet, again pigtailing the wires to the line connectors.

4. Continue identifying the next most upstream outlet and rewiring it with its own GFCI and pigtailing both wires to the line connectors until I reach the outlet in my garage where I want to plug in the fridge.

5. Wire the fridge outlet with a regular, non GFCI, outlet.

6. Wire the first outlet downstream from the fridge with a GFCI outlet, this time wiring the downstream wires to the load connectors this using this GFCI to protect all further outlets.

Will this work?

Is it safe?

Thanks

BV018953

03:07PM | 03/24/19
Why don't you find out why it trips the circuit? Unless you have a faulty outlet they don't trip unless there is something wrong. Since you are putting your fridge in the garage and want to eliminate the GFCI you may want to put a thick rubber mat in front of the fridge so when someone grabs the handle there will be less chance of being fried.

BV018948

03:32PM | 03/24/19
My understanding was that devices with significant induction (which includes refrigerators) can trip GFCIs when operating normally.

BV018956

11:17PM | 03/24/19
10 years old or more recent refrigerator shall not trip a GFCI nor an AFCI.

Regarding the original question: it is my personal policy that each GFCI should service only one room. Therefore, your proposal is logical to me... except that I will also plug a GFCI in the garage.

In fact, I will probably install an afci/gfci combo. Unless you have a 25 yrs old fridge.


ReggiNason

02:15PM | 03/26/19
Member Since: 03/26/19
1 lifetime posts
Hi...you should never use the ground as a conductor, according to code.
It is unlikely that a conductor has opened, especially a light, it is most likely wherever the neutrals are terminated.
Have you checked the rear of the fridge to detect any conductor paths that you can trace?
Max.

BV019075

04:14PM | 04/12/19
My new office fridge kept tripping the GFCI. The electrician finally fixed it by using a GFCI circuit breaker instead of a GFCI receptacle. I'm not sure why it worked, but it did.


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