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On Fri, 28 Feb 2020 18:39:45 -0800, John Robertson wrote:
On 2020/02/28 5:20 p.m., Michael Terrell wrote:
On Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:30:25 PM UTC-5, wrote:
On Friday, 28 February 2020 15:36:50 UTC, Michael Terrell wrote:
On Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:26:13 AM UTC-5, tabby wrote:

why would a fridge [need to be] be on its own dedicated outlet? Such a thing is unheard of here.

It is done to prevent another device from tripping the breaker, and letting food spoil. I suppose Botulism is unheard there, as well?

If we get a breaker trip, which doesn't happen often, people switch it back on, and if necessary plug the fridge freezer in somewhere else. It doesn't seem to be a significant issue. If you only had the fridge on the circuit it would take far longer to realize power was lost.

If it trips with only the fridge or freezer on the circuit, resetting the breaker wouldn't do any good, if a few hundred Watt load is tripping a 20A breaker.

Indeed, if the fridge trips the breaker then it is broken...shorted
motor or similar. Not going to work any better on another outlet!
Whereas sometimes you can pop a breaker and not realize it.

And don't overlook the fact that the breaker could be SNAFU.
They're not designed to be switched off and on again -- over and over.