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    Default Receptacle for refrigerator

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    Default Re: Receptacle for refrigerator

    "Should be", but if it is an old house with two wire non-grounding type receptacles (i.e., knob and tube, old 2-wire NM cable, 2-wire BX, etc.), there will be not ground available at the receptacle outlet.

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    Default Re: Receptacle for refrigerator

    If you added a GFCI outlet there, wouldn't that solve the problem?


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    Default Re: Receptacle for refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Moreira View Post
    If you added a GFCI outlet there, wouldn't that solve the problem?
    Not really, it would not "solve" the no ground.

    It would, however, provide an extra margin of safety for the users of the refrigerator. Just like GFCIs do for non-grounded circuits.

    Not required, but it would be a good idea.

    I know, someone is going to jump in here and say 'But ... but ... but you don't want a refrigerator on a GFCI, all that food could spoil if the GFCI trips off.

    Yep, it could, but I'd rather have all that spoiled food than a dead body laying next to a 'hot' refrigerator, wouldn't you?

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    Default Re: Receptacle for refrigerator

    Jerry,

    Yep, it could, but I'd rather have all that spoiled food than a dead body laying next to a 'hot' refrigerator, wouldn't you?
    That was kinda my thought too. Food is easier to replace.


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    Default Re: Receptacle for refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Moreira View Post
    Food is easier to replace.
    Unless, of course, you are the 'dead body' next to the refrigerator, then its rather difficult for you to replace the food.

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    I think we should market "live" refrigerators. Think of all the weight your significant other would loose if they where zapped every time they went for the fridge.

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