The kitchen at the house that I rent is wired funky: the fridge receptacle does't have a GFCI button, but it's on the same circuit as a countertop receptacle that does have a GFCI button, so that button controls both receptacles.
Recently, my (5 year old) refrigerator started tripping the GFCI. I called a repairman; he tells me that
- The compressor is shorting out and I need a new one.
- GFCI circuits ruin refrigerator compressors over time and I shouldn't plug the refrigerator into that circuit.
Does this sound right? I've seen a number of posts here discussing about how it is not necessary to plug a fridge into a GFCI circuit; I have yet to see someone say "Don't plug a fridge into a GFCI circuit unless you want to ruin it". Seems like the sort of thing that would be quite well known if it was as true as this guy claims it is?