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Old 05-10-2011, 01:20 PM
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Default Defrost element short
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Fridge blew GFCI. Checked connections and tore panel from inside freezer and moved wires around and it worked fine. I turned the defrost timer back around to start defrost and it blew GFCI again. With the heater element unplugged it won't trip it. The bimetal is still hooked up. Does this sound like I need a new heater or could it be the defrost timer that is shorting?


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Old 05-10-2011, 01:44 PM
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Fridge blew GFCI. Checked connections and tore panel from inside freezer and moved wires around and it worked fine. I turned the defrost timer back around to start defrost and it blew GFCI again. With the heater element unplugged it won't trip it. The bimetal is still hooked up. Does this sound like I need a new heater or could it be the defrost timer that is shorting?

Jackhammer,

Based on your post description,

You could have a shorted heater element,

Part number: AP2990875

Part number: AP2990875


Or more likely a shorted wire, from the thermostat to the heater or the other wire from the heater to the wire harness connector.

If you have a multi meter, you'd be looking for a closed circuit across the 2 wire terminals for the heater and each terminal wire for a closed circuit to chassis ground.

You are on the right track, good job.

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Default short in element remove GFI out of power source

Remove the GFI out of the circuit first. Set a test by runnig a good extension cord to the refrig first for a tempory test your problem is outside the frig. Whoever wired a GFI in the circuit did not know what they were doing, consult a electrician if it makes you wonder. GFI's are used around water for safety and are designed to trip easy. Ask the master electrician at a home depot for help to rewire your circuit after your testing for a couple comes back OK. He also will tell you not to have a GFI in the circuit for the fridgerator.
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Remove the GFI out of the circuit first. Set a test by runnig a good extension cord to the refrig first for a tempory test your problem is outside the frig. Whoever wired a GFI in the circuit did not know what they were doing, consult a electrician if it makes you wonder. GFI's are used around water for safety and are designed to trip easy. Ask the master electrician at a home depot for help to rewire your circuit after your testing for a couple comes back OK. He also will tell you not to have a GFI in the circuit for the fridgerator.
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Leff,

Thanks, You're correct on all counts, but building codes are different, in different areas, I wanted to eliminate the fridge as the problem,first.

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