Comments on: What is A TR or a WR outlet? http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/tr-wr-outlet/ Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:45:36 -0500 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.6 By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/tr-wr-outlet/#comment-9310 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:58:52 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1385#comment-9310 I have often seen refrigerators on GFCI. The reasoning behind not having them on GFCI comes from the residential building and electric codes, with the idea being that a failure in the GFCI could cause problems with food storage. Once food starts to warm up, there is a chance for harmful bacteria/mold to grow. To prevent this from happening in the refrigerator, the appliance is placed on a non-GFCI circuit. For example, the home that I inspected yesterday was newly built, but there was no power at the exterior outlets. Once I went to the garage, I found that the Master GFCI outlet was not working so it had shut down power. I have seen this happen in my client’s kitchens too: the Master outlet simply ceases to function. Since this is a possibility, food safety trumps the day, so practice has become to avoid having refrigerators on GFCI.

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By: Dennis V http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/tr-wr-outlet/#comment-9309 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:53:23 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1385#comment-9309 I think your site is great and I agree with the advice and stance you have on electrical safety. The one issue i disagree with, is not putting a GFCI on a refrigerator. My kids walk barefoot in my house and twice I have seen the unit fail in which it left a small puddle of water in front due to an electronic failure regulating the thermostat, my kids happy to walk through it. Consider if the failure was due to an electrical fault? Alot of the Another aspect of this, given the reliability of today’s GFCI’s, is I would _want_ to know if my refrigerator is tripping or not to understand the problem more. I have two refrigerators (basement + kitchen – replaced that bad one mentioned above) on GFCI’s on AFCI circuits and have had not one issue in the two years since i installed them.

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By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/tr-wr-outlet/#comment-2060 Sat, 17 Jul 2010 23:19:02 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1385#comment-2060 Hello Jessica,

Personally, I have not experienced that problem during my home inspections. However, I could see where that might happen. The plate preventing children from sticking things into the socket is spring loaded. If this was not manufactured well, I could see these becoming hard to move. If it is bothering you enough to remove them, you can, but here are some things to consider. If you may sell the house in a few years, the new owners may want them, so it could become a sticking point after a home inspection.(This scenario is probably unlikely, but worth mentioning). If you do have children, this is a good safety feature (this is why I am beginning to change out mine). Maybe go to the hardware store or building supply center to check out other models to see if they are as hard to use. Lastly, this can be expensive if using an electrician throughout the home. (This can be a diy project. It involves using a screwdriver, and turning the power off). Good luck. If you are like most homeowners, you might only plug into a few outlets on a regular basis, so start with those first.

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By: Jessica Orr http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/tr-wr-outlet/#comment-2059 Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:07:23 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1385#comment-2059 I HATE those TR outlets in my new home. TR (Tamper Resistant) I can not get plugs into them. I push with all my weight aginst them , but to no avail. I have cracked at least two plates since we moved in two months ago. Is there some sort of secret to wiggling them in? It is driving me absoulutley crazy. Nothing ticks me off more than these things. I’m thinking of repacing ALL OF THEM. I mean why not since I will be replacing all the cracked plates right???

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