I don't know the proper terms so please bear with me. But here's the scenario.
We have a second refrigerator in our garage. It plugs into a standard looking outlet. But it is wired from another outlet on the other side of the room that is a GFCI. So when that GFCI gets tripped (rarely happens) it cuts power to the fridge.
We had some work done by professional licensed electricians who had to turn off the main power to the circuit panel. This tripped our GFCI's and we had to reset them.
But before I assumed that this was the case I thought something more insidious happened. Not to get into a long story but we are having nightmare after nightmare scenarios with wires failing in the walls, etc. in our new home we recently moved to. That's why they were here, to address an entire second floor where we lost all power. We called them back thinking what they might have done caused the issue but on their way back I remembered to try hitting the GFCI in the garage and the power went back on to the fridge. The licensed electrician has seen me do some work around the house and trusts that I have an idea of what I can do.
When I told him that it was the GFCI he said that the fridge should not be connected in anyway to a GFCI because if we, for example, went on a long vacation and somehow the GFCI tripped we could come home to a very horrible rotting situation.
He told me to wire the GFCI in a "line to line" manner. In other words, I'm supposed to avoid carrying the romex to the fridge by using the "load" connections on the back of the GFCI outlet. At first I couldn't picture what he was saying because I didn't have an outlet in front me. But now that I bought a new one I can see that I can insert one set of Romex wires to the "line" on top and then insert another pair of wires on top just a quarter of an inch below or above the top connections.
So in other words, I leave the yellow tape over the connections that say "load" and just do what I explained above? I have never done this before so I thought I would ask for clarification. Also, I can't seem to find any info on this while doing internet searches.
I trust our electricians. They have been here at least three times fixing really horrible scenarios that are out of my league. And apparently, he trusts me to wire this GFCI but did I understand him correctly? I just wire the two wires and do a "line" to "line" connection and avoid the "load" connection?