There are several reasons a refrigerator trips the circuit breaker. This article discusses the problem of a Maytag refrigerator tripping breaker and how to fix it.
Maytag Refrigerator Tripping Breaker – Solved
You may want to start with the simple possible causes before moving to more complex ones. Therefore, check the following if a Maytag refrigerator trips the circuit breaker:
1. Power Outlet
Some refrigerators connect to a GFCI outlet, and this type of outlet can trip off. If it does, the refrigerator may cause the breaker to go off. However, if this happens, there may be a bigger problem with the electrical connections than meets the eye.
Reset the GFCI outlet to get it up and running again if that is the case. If the breaker stops tripping, it may indicate that you need a new connection. Hire an electrician or appliance technician to determine the exact fault and fix it.
If the outlet is not the GFCI type, which many other refrigerators use, inspect the outlet for burnt or loose wiring. There may be a power overload that has damaged the outlet, so if there is a visible sign of damage, replace it.
However, if there is no sign, you may want to test the outlet to check its power output. Use a multitester for this task. If there is faulty wiring, it may cause ground faults and short-circuiting, and the tester should pick it up. Replace the outlet if that is the case.
2. Power Cord
If the outlet is not the issue, check the power cord. Disconnect the refrigerator’s power cord from the wall outlet and inspect it. Check to see if the wire is kinked or frayed. Also, the refrigerator may have been sitting on it, leading to crushing. Additionally, you may have rats that have chewed the wire.
If any of the above applies, you need to replace the power cord. It may not be safe to cover any exposed wires with electrical tape and keep using the power cord, even if it is still working. It is best to replace it. But if the wire has no damage, check the terminals. They may be exposed to moisture, leading to rust. They may also be loose or broken. Whichever is the case, the best step is to replace the entire cord.
Typically, a refrigerator needs a dedicated circuit to work. Most heavy-duty appliances must have their circuits if they must not trip the breaker. If you connect them to one circuit, you may always have the problem of a tripped breaker.
Therefore, reconnect the refrigerator to another channel and wait to see if it trips the breaker. You may try using an extension to do this test, connecting it to another circuit in another room. If the breaker stops tripping and the refrigerator runs smoothly, you need to determine which appliances to transfer to other circuits.
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4. Circuit Breaker
If nothing else seems to be causing the problem, it may be that the circuit breaker itself is not functioning as it should. Over time, the breaker can get corroded or rusted. Dirt and pests may also cause some damage. In addition, one or more fuses may have blown. Have an electrician check it and recommend a permanent solution.
You may also want to check the defrost heater. Water may have damaged it, leading to a ground fault, or damage to the insulation is causing a short circuit problem. Turn the defrost timer to reset it and start a defrost cycle. If the cycle begins and the breaker trips shortly after, replace the heater. It is easy and affordable to do.
Another part to check is the compressor. A failing compressor winding triggers the motor to draw more power than usual to enable it to run. As a result, the breaker becomes overloaded and causes it to trip. Fixing or replacing a compressor can be expensive, so compare the cost to that of replacing the entire refrigerator. A technician may be in the best position to advise you accordingly.
Maytag Refrigerator Keeps Shutting Off – What to Do
If you find your Maytag refrigerator always shutting off, check the following:
- Defrost timer
- Condenser coils
- Power supply
- Main control board
Check out this article discussing issues on the Maytag refrigerator turning off to learn ways of fixing the problem.
A Maytag refrigerator tripping breaker is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. As mentioned in this article, check the circuit breaker, power cord, circuit connection, defrost timer, and compressor. If none of these works, contact the Maytag Service Center to report the issue and request service.
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