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Old 02-15-2015, 09:37 AM   #1
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GFI breaker tripping

All of a sudden, the GFI breaker for the galley and bathroom started tripping, and will not reset, with nothing plugged into outlets. There is no continuity from hot to ground that I can detect. I'm thinking bad breaker. Any other thoughts out there? Anyone else have GFIs go bad?

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Old 02-15-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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Never mind...just did a search, and it seems this is a common problem...I'll just replace it...


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Old 02-15-2015, 10:10 AM   #3
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if replacing it doesn't solve the problem try removing items that are plugged into the circuit one at a time. Many older appliances had a capacitor across the line before the transformer in the items power supply. The charging current of those caps would be enough to trip a GFI. That is an old problem but you may have some old equipment.
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Thanks, Howie...I replaced the breaker, but it's still tripping. The only thing on that circuit is the fridge. I replaced the gfi with a std breaker for the time being, which is working fine, but I have some more sleuthing to do.

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Ps, I meant that I unplugged everything on that circuit ex the fridge...


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Put the breaker back and unplug the frig. I can't see why the frig should be on a GFI, but then again the Do Gooders may have a reason.

The control board of the frig may be the problem. Test it out.
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If you have access to the back of the fridge. Disconnect the heating element and try again.


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Yup, that should isolate the fridge! Thanks!


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If you have access to the back of the fridge. Disconnect the heating element and try again.
Unplugging the frig will isolate it. The heater element would not trip a GFI unless it was a dead short to ground and that would blow the fuse on the control board.
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check for dampness in the outside outlet and the area where the fridge plugs in. in my 94 34 those conditions caused my gfci to trip a few times. they were all on the same circuit.
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Note that the neutral AND the ground leads can trip the gfi when you are troubleshooting, not just the hot lead.
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