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    Default Electric Out on One Side of House ????

    When it rains it pours...now the circuit that my refrigerator is connected to went out. I had a large Foreman grill and coffee pot on the same circuit going at the same time.

    I went to the breaker box figuring that the surge turned off the switch, but not the case. I went outside to check the box by the meter and there's just one main switch.

    I turned off then on the effected circuit, but still no power.

    I should add that there are about seven outlets on this circuit, says '20.'

    The previous owner replaced the breaker box before moving because the entire electrical system had gone out.

    Any ideas what the problem may be? Is there any way to reset it??

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Jon4; 12-13-2007 at 05:17 PM. Reason: add

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    Exactly what all is out? You say one side of house, but only 7 outlets.

    If half your house is out, the problem is in the main service and is best left to a pro.

    If it's just one kitchen circuit, it could be a tripped GFI receptacle.
    Just my 2 worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    Exactly what all is out? You say one side of house, but only 7 outlets.

    If half your house is out, the problem is in the main service and is best left to a pro.

    If it's just one kitchen circuit, it could be a tripped GFI receptacle.
    Hello sparky---Actually, it's just a section of the across the kitchen through the dining room. All other receptacles work. Where might I locate the GFI receptacle?? Thanks.


    EDIT: I LOCATED THE GFI, PUSHED THE BUTTON, EVERYTHING IS BACK UP AND RUNNING! Thanks sparky for bringing that to my attention!!! (Give this man a beer, several!...on me!)
    Last edited by Jon4; 12-13-2007 at 06:06 PM.

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    I would never plug a refrigerator or freezer into a GFCI protected outlet. It could false trip, or even trip normally, when you are gone and everything will spoil before you find out about it.

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    He may not have a choice if the fridge recep is on the load side of the GFI.

    Yes, he can redo it, but it can get complicated.
    Just my 2 worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    He may not have a choice if the fridge recep is on the load side of the GFI.

    Yes, he can redo it, but it can get complicated.
    The GFI outlet is used for the microwave. The only two outlets close enough to be reached by the fridge plug are on the same circuit.

    Um..."load side of the GFI?"

    Do you recommend putting the fridge outlet on a single circuit?

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