My new Samsung fridge is currently on one of my kitchen's two 20A circuits, which I'm trying to bring up to code prior to inspection. This previously caused problems with GFCI on that circuit (see Avoiding GFCI for my fridge), which I've solved by making each individual countertop outlet use its own GFCI (without using the "load" terminals) and using a regular non-GFCI outlet for the fridge.
Now I'm looking at introducing AFCI at the breaker to make the kitchen circuits code compliant, and I noticed the AFCI breaker immediately trips whenever I plug in the fridge. I tried using two separate AFCI breakers and they both immediately trip when the fridge is plugged in. I've also replaced the 15A fridge receptacle to no avail. The same circuit doesn't trip when the fridge is not plugged into the receptacle.
I was considering running a new dedicated, non-AFCI circuit for the fridge, but then I saw this other question (What rooms or loads require AFCI protection?) which implies that AFCI breakers are now required on all 120V circuits, including for dedicated devices.
What options do I have? My fridge doesn't seem to like AFCIs or GFCIs.
Update: I'm in Washington state (2020 NEC), directly under state (not city) jurisdiction. The circuits mentioned above were rerouted during a recent remodel as we had to move some walls, so I believe current code is in effect.
Update 2 (5/5/2023): looks like the fridge is perfectly fine, and I just didn't know how to properly install AFCI breakers :)