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Suevette96

01:05PM | 12/01/08
Member Since: 11/30/08
2 lifetime posts
I bought a small refrigerator . I then later bought a new LCD TV. Both were plugged into a surge protector on the same outlet. The refrigerator quit working. I got a new one. This new one is only 5 months old. The tv quit working first and now the refrigeratr quit working. The tv is rarely used and less than 2 years old. The outlet still works as I plugged small appliances in to check it. I plugged the tv and the refrigerator into different outlets without the surge protector and they still do not work. what to do?????

TimBonham

01:54PM | 12/01/08
Member Since: 01/09/07
199 lifetime posts
If you have plugged them directly into another outlet (that you KNOW for sure is working), and they still don't work, then it is likely that a surge or something has damaged them. So you need to get a repairman to look at them. If you're lucky, it's just a fuse or something in them that's easily repaired.

But why are you plugging a refrigerator into a surge protector? A refrigerator is mainly a big compressor motor; that is not likely to be damaged by an electrical surge.

In fact, big motors like that often cause electrical spikes when they start or stop. Connecting it to the same surge protector strip as the LCD TV is likely to be very hard on the TV -- the refrigerator itself creates spikes that could damage the TV. And since they are both plugged into the back side of the protector, that doesn't help -- it only protects against surges coming in from the receptacle power lines.

Also, many of the cheap surge protectors can only handle so many surges before they burn out the protective components inside them. Unfortunately, they don't stop working or give any indication of this. They continue to supply electricity to the plug strip, it just doesn't filter out surges any more. But I don't know of any way to tell if your protector is still protecting.

Suevette96

05:28PM | 12/01/08
Member Since: 11/30/08
2 lifetime posts
Thank you. I know for sure the outlets work. I read about the surge protectors and refrigerators after the fact.This is my first time on any site like this. I just hope my extended warranty will cover the repairs.


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