Why did our refrigerator shut off (the circuit breaker it is connected to shut off) while we were away? Samsung and others say we should shut the refrigerator off when we are away for more than 2 weeks. I don't want to do that. Why does it shut off on its own? Samsung implies that if the refrigerator did not shut off some damage would occur to the refrigerator. Is this true. I am not interested in energy saving (sorry). Please just tell me why the refrigerator shuts off and if leaving on while we are way might damage it.
The refrigerator did not shut off. The breaker to the fridge was tripped.
There are no electronics made that will purposefully make a refrigerator overload a circuit. So leave what Samsung thinks out of it. There is nothing built-in to make this happen.
I also assume the breaker was in trip-free position, not in the off position due to your significant other deciding to turn it off to make Samsung happy. The only thing that will make this happen is an overcurrent condition. Your fridge does not have a condition that will only occur when you aren't home. Fridges run for months undisturbed in basements and garages across the world. So you are going to have to wait for it to happen again and have it serviced if it does.