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David Burks
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by David Burks on March 4th, 2013

I bought a small chest freezer to put in the garage. The outlet is one of those GFCI outlets with a test button and a reset button. Every few days or so I go out there and find it has activated and shut off the freezer. I have to go out of town for a week and am afraid I'll lose all the good meat from a hunting trip. Anybody know how to keep this from happening?

David
 
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Steve
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by Steve on March 5th, 2013

I am no electrical expert at all, but was curious about your problem. So I did a quick online search for "GFCI outlet keeps shutting off" and these are 2 of the items that came up:

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-c-d-c/400961-gfci-keeps-shutting-down-circuit.html#b

http://www.justanswer.com/electrical/6gsy4-gfci-outlet-keeps-shutting-off-reset-turns.html

If your trip is coming up soon, you might consider letting a trusted neighbor have garage access and check it for you every couple of days. Even if an electrician changed out your GCFI, there could be the possibility that the compressor overloads the circuit when kicking on.
Again, I am no electrician, BUT check out the electricians discussion about similar issues at:
http://www.electriciantalk.com/f2/freezer-tripping-gfci-again-20221/

Hope this helps.
-Steve

 
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shelley hiam
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by shelley hiam on March 5th, 2013

I am sorry I have no solution to offer, but I remember when I was doing my final walk-through of my house, the builder mentioned that I shouldn't plug big appliances into the GFCI outlet in my garage, since they often use so much power it causes them to trip. When I asked him why, he said something about the way things were wired. It seemed silly to me at the time since I figure a lot of people would use that outlet for a refrigerator or freezer.
 
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jillians
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by jillians on March 5th, 2013

Mine seems to trip for no apparent reason. I first noticed it over the holidays. I assumed some older xmas lights were causing it, but it trips a lot now. Most of the time there's nothing plugged into any outdoor outlet.
 
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Ms Ice Monkey
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by Ms Ice Monkey on March 5th, 2013

We had trouble charging our Volt (before we got the charging station) due to all of the GFCIs in and near the garage, which would trip before the car got a full charge. I don't know if this is a standard feature, but we ultimately discovered that one of the plugs was on a different, non-GFCI circuit. In our case, it's near the overhead door, by the sprinkler controller. Perhaps not conveniently located, but it might work for while you're out of town.
 
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Ron Garza
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by Ron Garza on March 6th, 2013

This is an interesting problem. Contributors on google suggest removing that particular GFCI (until you no longer have that appliance hooked up to it). Another person suggested this little gadget that sounds off when the power goes off. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000IF8QDK/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/
'look forward to what you end up deciding on.
 
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motown1124
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by motown1124 on March 6th, 2013

We had a similar problem with our garage outlet as well. We purchased a new GFCI outlet from Home Depot (the more expensive of the two) and replaced it, This solved our tripping problem. Feel free to send us a PM if you want more info.
 
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David Burks
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question about GFCI outlet in garage
by David Burks on March 7th, 2013

Thanks for all the replies. I've plugged the freezer into the outlet by the sprinkler system (no GFCI) for now and will replace the GFCI outlet with a better one when I return. Many of the fixtures in our house are not of high quality and I suspect that it's time to replace the GFCI outlet in the garage.

David
 
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