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Electrical Wiring in the Home/GFCI on back splash wall wired to frig and micro???


I have two circuits along the black splash walls in the kitchen. The one on the sink wall trips all outlets along the sink wall and the one just around the corner from the sink. The GFCI outlet in question is 4 more feet away followed by a microwave outlet (3 feet away in a cabinet) then another 4 feet away is the frig outlet.

I am assuming this GFCI was installed to protect the outlet above the counter since it is within the immediate sink area (if you have 8 foot reach, sorry I don't know our code here...yet)

When I trip it the GFCI the outlets in the GFCI stay hot but the frig (outlet) and micro (outlet) go off.

This does not seem correct. I would expect the GFCI outlet and all down stream outlets to be off.
1. does this set up sound correct if so why?
2 Should a frig be on a GFCI in the first place?
3. Can I replace the GFCI with a regular outlet?
Other comments observations would be appreciated.


If the cabinet the receptacle is inside of does not sit on the counter then the receptacle does not serve the counter top and there fore need not be GFI protected. If this same receptacle supplies power to a "built in" microwave that is typically over a stove as opposed to one that sits on a counter or in a cabinet above the counter, this receptacle is not GFI protected either but it must be on its own 20 amp circuit and not on either of the dedicated small appliance circuits. In other words a micro wave that is designed to sit on a counter or on the shelf of a cabinet can be plugged into either of the 2 small appliance circuits and does not have to be GFI protected.

1.) When the GFI trips all the down stream receptacles it protects should go off as well as the GFI receptacle itself. In other words the tripped GFI receptacle should not be on but off like the down stream receptacles it protects

2.) No

3.) No all receptacle's that serve the counter top must be GFI protected.  
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