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Why Does Your Fridge Keep Tripping The Circuit Breaker?

Stop your fridge from tripping the circuit

Once you buy a new fridge, the expectation is usually that it will last for a very long time without having any problems. In fact, this is why most people buy new fridges to replace old ones. However, there are a few instances where you will still have problems with the new fridge once you install it.

One of the commonest problems you can encounter is finding that the fridge causes the circuitry in the house to trip. This usually manifests as having all the appliances in the home going off after the fridge has been running for some time. Usually, the best way to find the cause of the circuit breaker tripping is by plugging in all the devices one by one, and then finding out which causes the problem to happen again. In such cases, plugging in the refrigerator would result in the same problem.

The problem with this setup

Of course, having your circuit breaker keep tripping is a very annoying issue. Not only does it mean that you can’t get to use the fridge properly, but it could also compromise the practicality of having the other appliances in the home. In the end, you would need to switch off the fridge completely in order to use any of the other appliances in the home.

Some of the causes of this problem

If a new fridge is causing the circuit breaker to trip often, there are several things that could be wrong. First, it could be a problem with the circuitry within the fridge. The freezer circuits are a particularly common cause of such problems especially in types of fridges that are not very well made. In addition to that, a short circuit could also be responsible for the same.

Normally, the only way to figure out the cause of the problem is to take the fridge apart and then assess each and every circuit in it. If it turns out that the fridge is okay, you would need to address other issues such as the quality of the circuit breaker in the home.

Is this a problem you can diagnose on your own?

Most people often want to diagnose and fix this problem on their own, since doing it this way is associated with lower cost. However, this is usually not a good idea. Normally when your fridge does not work properly due to an electrical problem, the only thing that you can try to fix in this capacity is changing the fuses in the sockets. However, if the fuse is the problem, the fridge is unlikely to develop a pattern of problems as described above.

In order to diagnose this problem, you will need to open up the fridge and then go through each and every circuit in detail. This usually requires the use of specialized equipment as well as the expertise and experience to know what to expect at each and every step. Of course, you could take it upon yourself to try to learn how to do this and to buy the equipment needed, but this will take a lot of time and you may end up spending more than you would if you had hired a contractor. In the end, the purpose of doing a DIY project (which is usually to save money) will have been defeated.

When you work with a high quality contractor to get such work done, you will not only be assured of quality work done, but that it will be completed on time as well. The only thing you need to watch out for is making sure that you actually consult one who has a lot of experience in the field.

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