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oldpops
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Need help with GFI and compressor

Post by oldpops » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:31 pm

Hi folks,
We have water cooler dispenser (5 gallon bottles) in our kitchen that ran fine when we stopped using it a few months ago. It's getting hot again so we plugged it on and it popped the GFI right away (it's actually an outlet with the GFI button built in). Tried it a couple of times and get the same response. Tried another plug on the same GFI circuit and the same thing happened. Normally i would think the water cooler compressor broke/grounded or shorted out, but that same GFI circuit has given us trouble in the past. Anyway, just need some advice on how to 1) Test the GFI circuit/outlet to see if it an old/weak GFI outlet and needs to be replaced. and 2) Need advice on how to test/troubleshoot the water cooler and compressor.

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Aaron
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Re: Need help with GFI and compressor

Post by Aaron » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:01 pm

Do you have another GFCI receptacle in your house on a different circuit than the one that is popping all the time? If so, can you plug the water cooler into it to see if it pops that circuit?

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Re: Need help with GFI and compressor

Post by emtnut » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:20 pm

Agree with Aaron, try another GFCI recept first. If it's fine, then you know the GFCI is faulty/intermittent.

If it was mine, i'd plug it into a non GFCI recept.
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