Asked by: Mayara Verdugaasked in category: General Last Updated: 30th June, 2020
Should refrigerator be on GFCI?
Then, should a refrigerator be plugged into a GFI?
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.
One may also ask, should a refrigerator be on a dedicated circuit? In the US, under the NEC, a residential kitchen fridge is not required to be on a dedicated circuit. It is certainly a good idea and best practice, but not a requirement. A fridge can be on one of the minimum two required "small appliance branch circuits". A 15A duplex receptacle is rated for 20A feed-thru.
In this way, will a refrigerator trip a GFCI?
Fridges and freezers can cause a 'nuisance trip' of a GFCI now and then. And these nuisance trips can cause food to spoil. That is why you shouldn't put fridges and freezers on a gfci. But if the fridge always causes the GFCI to trip immediately when plugged in, this strongly suggests a ground fault in the fridge.
Why does my refrigerator keep tripping the GFCI?
2 Answers. It is common for the startup or shutdown of the refrigerator compressor motor to cause a GFCI to trip. The defrost cycle, though, is less likely to cause the issue, since the defrost heater is resistive rather than inductive. The issue occurs randomly because the motor operates from alternating current.