If the power goes out to your refrigerator or freezer, you need to fix
it fast! Here are two tips to help you quickly restore power:
1. If your refrigerator is plugged into a
GFI receptacle (a receptacle is an outlet), you can re-set the GFI and see
if you now have power. If this works, that’s great! Now that it’s
working again you should make arrangements to replace the GFI with a regular
receptacle as soon as possible.
Refrigerators should never be plugged into a GFI receptacle because GFIs
are very sensitive, and you don’t want to be on vacation and lose
power to your refrigerator just because the GFI accidentally shut off.
So if your refrigerator is plugged into a GFI receptacle, you should replace
the GFI with a regular receptacle.
2. If you can’t restore power to the receptacle that your refrigerator
is plugged into, you should call an electrician who is good at troubleshooting
to locate and fix the problem. But while you’re waiting for the
electrician to arrive, you can plug the refrigerator into a heavy-duty
extension cord and plug it in to a receptacle that has power.
This will keep your food cold and safe until your electrician arrives.