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Thread: Whirlpool side by side trips it's circuit breaker when turned on

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    Whirlpool side by side trips it's circuit breaker when turned on

    Model Number: ED5NTQXKT00
    Brand: Whirlpool
    Age: 1-5 years

    Repaired 7 days ago. Working fine until this evening. Found off with the circuit breaker triped. Turned the fridge off, reset the breaker came back and as soon as I turned the fridge on to cool it trips. It does not do this when you apply power only when you turn it on to cool. I think the repairman replaced a start relay part. The compressor was over heating. If the compressor is not under warranty is it worth the cost of fixing/replacing it?

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    Is this tripping the house breaker or the resettable GFI at the outlet?
    If it is the house breaker, then you would need to test the compressor for a short to ground. Unplug the refrigerator, remove the start device. With a multi-meter set to check continuity, you would place one lead on the compressor post, and the other lead to the ground, check all three posts with the other lead still to ground. If you have continuity, it has a short, and needs to be replaced.
    Compressor replacements can be expensive, so that would have to be your call.

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    There is no resettable GFI at the outlet, it only trips the breaker designated for the refrigerator. Main house breaker and others switches remain in the on position.

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    When the refrigerator trips the breaker, it has a short. And to test the compressor, follow the instructions in my last post.

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