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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
This is my current theory. The problem was solved by grounding the device.
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@JeremyW.Sherman I have done a (similar) test with a multimeter. Rather than running an extension cord to ground, I used myself as ground (pinching the lead between my fingers and standing on the concrete in bare feet). The potential difference was ~50v AC. This was when the compressor was running. When the compressor was not running, it was ~8v AC (and did not feel shocking to the touch). Does that help? I'll get the extension cord if that's not good enough, just out of appreciation for everyone's help. :)
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
I haven't been willing to keep my finger on it, but the shock seems to be sustained. I appreciate the difficulty in diagnosing this over the internet and offer my sincere thanks!
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
Also, is there a better way to test whether I've fixed the problem than briefly shocking myself? :)
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
A flash of insight: The fridge is plugged into the same power strip (which is, itself connected to a plug-in type GFCI) as my pool equipment (Intex pool). Could the fault lie with the pool equipment, electrifying that whole "ground" circuit?
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
No indicator light, but I suspect that the power-on device is the timer for self-defrost. There is a device with a knob that acts like a timer on back/bottom of the fridge. (I keep calling it a fridge, but as I mentioned elsewhere, this is a converted freezer -- converted by turning the coarse-adjustment screw on the thermostat.)
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
I performed the continuity test between the plug and frame. Ground is connected, neither hot nor neutral are connected. Regarding your previous advice to check for neutrals bonded to grounds: Does this advice apply, despite the fact that the ground plug is not wired in the receptacle at all? i.e. no wire is connected to the ground screw of the receptacle. (Sorry if I'm mangling terms)
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@Tester101 Here is the actual wiring diagram from the fridge, fyi: imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/fridgewiringdiagram.jpg
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
This comment relates to the hot-neutral continuity of the refrigerator's plug, right? With one lead of my multimeter on each of the two flat prongs on the fridge's plug, it tests positive for continuity.
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@Tester101: Thanks. I did just that, and the ground receptacle is not wired at all.
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@Tester101 I performed this test. Neither Neutral-Ground nor Hot-Ground were bonded. Hot-Neutral was. (as you would expect, right?)
Jul
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comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@Tester101 Agree with BMitch. Thank you for providing some actual diagnostics that I can perform.