I have a house that is just under 2 years old. My 2 year old GE Profile fridge (model PWE23KSKJSS) is hooked up to a dedicated circuit that runs off a 20 AMP Arc Fault breaker. There is nothing else on this breaker, only the one fridge outlet and nothing else.
Everything was fine for 1 year, then my breaker tripped and could not be reset, as if there was a dead short - whether or not the fridge was plugged in. I tested for continuity without the fridge being plugged in and there was none, so it didn't seem like there was any kind of short.
I replaced the breaker with the identical model and it was fine for about 6 months, then the exact same thing happened.
So it really seems as if the fridge itself is responsible - as if the motor is burning out the circuitry in the breaker. Is such a thing possible and has anyone else had a similar experience?
I thought I'd post my question before replacing the breaker for a 3rd time, and I'm thinking just a normal breaker this time.
Eaton panel and Eaton 20 Amp arc fault breaker.