Disconnecting the Bonded Neutral on GFCI Units for Refrigerator Operation

Updated by Juan Velez

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Should a refrigerator be connected to a GFCI?

There is a lot of debate about where fridges should be on a GFCI receptacle. Searching the web, there many articles detailing refrigerators, uniquely, tripping GFCI outlets even in the home or peoples' basements and or garages. Check these out:

Stack Exchange

E & S Grounding Solutions

The Garage Journal

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing your refrigerator tripping the GFCI outlet, please follow this here for disconnecting the bonded neutral (only if you do not have a model 100496, 100538, or 100519.)

Disconnecting the Bonded Neutral (100496 and 100538)

Disconnecting the Bonded Neutral (100519)

Alternatively, if you are not in an immediate need of your fridge, you can purchase this cord that does not come with GFCI features and will prevent any such tripping.

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