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KitchenAid ( Model KRFF305ESS ) Refrigerator Tripping GFCI When Defrosting


Premium Member
Jan 9, 2022
San Diego
Model Number
1-5 years
My Kitchenaid 25 cu ft 36-width French Door Refrigerator is ( Kitchenaid Model Hyperlink ) Model KRFF305ESS. Recently the GFCI started to trip whenever the defrost mode was utilized. I replaced the GFCI, which was old, but the same issue persists. If I plug it in to a non-GFCI using an extension cord it does not trip the breaker. Unfortunately it looks like all the outlets in the kitchen are connected downstream from 2 GFCIs. Appreciate any help troubleshooting what may be causing the GFCI to trip when the defroster starts.

Ok Jay, then it has to be another GFCI downstream that's causing this problem, because in a NON-GFCI its fine, you see what I mean?

You will probably need to get a electrician out to see which GFCI is the problem child.

The GFCI it is tripping is upstream of the outlet. No more GFCI downstream. Upstream is one more on the circuit and it is good.
Then there is still a problem in the GFCI circuit, you will need a electrician to come out Jay.

Thanks Jake,

I'll probably have to re-wire so that the GFCI circuit doesn't include the refrigerator. I've read the the defrost thermostat or defrost heater can trip the GFCI? Is that something I should look at in the fridge as well?
No home appliances should be connected to a GFCI circuit period.

GFCI is only for small appliances near a water source like a sink.

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