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outlet trips after a while causing Refridgerator to turn off?

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When I plug in my kENMORE 25361662101 it turns on and appears to be working, but then after some while it trips the outlet and turns off. I tested the outlet and its good and only have this issue when the refrigerator is plugged not with any other appliance! I realized there is no sound coming out it when plugged or turned on, (like a fan or motor? the outlet trips and doesn't stay on long enough to freeze or keep items cold. appreciate any suggestions. thank you all.

Mike H

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What sort of breaker is being tripped over current or earth leakage? Is the Fridge the only appliance on that circuit?

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Mike H, sounds like your fridge could be drawing to many amps which will trip the breaker. How many amps on that circuit breaker?

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see if you can post some images of the wiring as well as the components that you see. It is possible that you have a bad compressor run capacitor

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thank you all for the questions, I m plugging in a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI, it is the only appliance.

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Sounds like the amp off that circuit should be okay. Take a look at the compressor and the rest of the wiring. See if there is something obvious (I still go with a bad cap first;-)

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You likely have a earth fault if the earth fault device is being tripped. Does the fridge have a butter keep in the door or other reason for wiring to go into the door? i have seen wiring in the hinge fail causing intermittent shorts to occur. The other possibility is a faulty capacitor on the compressor. With the fridge disconnected from the power measure the resistance between the earth pin and active and neutral wires. There should be an open circuit ( very high resistance). The best way to do this is with a Megger meter which will properly test the insulation/isolation between the earth and the active and neutral wires.

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