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Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do about this problem? We bought a chest freezer for out in the garage. Unfortunately, the outlets in the garage are GFCI. While we were out or asleep or something some time ago, the power blinked out. We never even knew about it. The way we found out was because it tripped the GFCI in the garage, everything in the freezer thawed and started leaking out the bottom into the garage. GROSS!!!!!!!

We have since cleaned, bleached and cleaned again. But we are afraid to plug the freezer back in and use it again.

Is there a way to bypass a GFCI circuit, or force it to reset when the power comes back on? If the power goes out, we KNOW there is a freezer out there we have to contend with. However, if the power blinks off when we don't even know about it, we want the freezer to come back on when the power does.


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Sep. 28th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
It can be done...but you'd be hard pressed to find an electrician to do it for you.
Is it the kind of GFCI that has the reset button on the outlet?
If it is, I can replace it for ya for a reasonable sum.
alloneword at comcast dot net
Sep. 28th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
What would be the downside to doing it?

I understand WHY they exist, and it is perfectly sensible. I just don't understand why it wouldn't come back on when the power came back on. It sucks that you have to go push the button to reset it. If you don't know the power went out, how do you know to go hit the rest button?
Sep. 28th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
I woulda replied to this sooner, but it took for-evair to show up. Stoopid LJ.
Garage outlets are usually used for power tools and the like, and as such, have the resets on the outlet there...it's safety to the point of stupidity.
If, for example...you had an electric chainsaw plugged in and turned on when the power went out, then took off to play a round of golf till the power came back on...then the power came back on while you were gone and your kid/dog/cat/grandmother was standing by the lectric chainsaw when the power came back on....well, it'd make a good movie.
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
I would suggest getting something like this:

Plug it into the outlet that the freezer is also plugged into and any time the GFCI is tripped it will continue its alarm and led.

A cheaper alternative would be to find a large face LED clock and plug it in....put it in front of your car...if it's not on when you get into your car (or get home) then that outlet has been tripped.
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Great idea, but I'll have to see if I can find one without the delay. That one has a built in delay so if it is just a 'quick' 10-15 second power outage, it won't alarm. Surely there are some that don't have the delay out there, I just need to find them.

Good lead!!!
Sep. 28th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
That tricked me as well...if the outlet doesn't have power then the device will think the power failure is still happening even after the power is back on the rest of the house. (Just make sure you plug it into the same outlet)

I would just be sure to check how long its alarm goes for in case you are away when it goes off.
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