Nor did I wire or design any fridges to GFCI circuits and it was all legal and NEC proper due to the "Exception" I cited.
There are all sorts of ways (NEC and home made, perhaps safe and proper perhaps not) to shut off a branch circuit for safety reasons, in my practice days I specified shunt trip breakers controlled by a remote sensor circuit.
I'm like you, Id consider in my own home rewiring the AC BUT AS AN ATTORNEY AND ENGINEER I'm naturally reluctant to give such advice to others, Do as I say NOT as I do lol lol
Nooooooooooooo I dont like to see sparks FLYyyyyyyyyyyyy Im a chicken when it comes to electricity
Take care, fun chattin