Asked by: Kheir Lammchen
asked in category: General Last Updated: 27th February, 2020

Can you plug a freezer into a GFCI outlet?

A. That "protector outlet" you're referring to is a GFCI, or "Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter" receptacle, and GFCI's are required by building code in garages, kitchens, bathrooms, and on the exterior of new homes. So freezers and refrigerators should never be plugged into GFCI's.

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Hereof, can you plug a refrigerator into a GFCI outlet?

In a dwelling unit (residential), GFCI protection is only required for kitchen receptacles that serve the countertop surfaces. There's no requirement to GFCI protect receptacles that serve a refrigerator. Unless the fridge is plugged into a countertop receptacle.

why does my freezer trip the GFCI? Question: if the compressor kicking on is causing the GFCI to trip then there is either a problem with the load on the circuit or the refrigerator. The spike in the current flow caused by the compressor should not be enough to trip a GFCI under normal operating conditions.

Herein, should freezer be on GFCI?

There has been a history of problems where a refrigerator or freezer will trip a GFCI off without warning. For most locations, a freezer or refrigerator does not need to be protected by GFCI unless the location requires.

Can I replace a GFCI outlet with a standard outlet?

You can replace almost any electrical outlet with a GFCI outlet. Correctly wired GFCIs will also protect other outlets on the same circuit. We'll show you how to replace a standard duplex receptacle with a GFCI and wire it to protect other outlets.

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