Causes of Lost Power to GFCI Outlets
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Troubleshooting a Bad GFCI Outlet: Testing and Replacing a GFCI Outlet.
How to Fix a GFI Outlet
- There is a GFI on the circuit.
- The breaker doesn’t trip nor does the GFI but the circuit loses power.
This electrical question came from: Bruce, a Homeowner from Edna, Texas.
Thanks for your electrical repairs question Bruce.
Troubleshooting a Bad GFCI Outlet
Application: Wiring or Replacing a GFI Outlet
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Testing and Replacing a GFCI Outlet
- Bruce, the GFCI itself may be bad and need to be replaced.
- What you are describing is one symptom of a bad GFCI outlet or one that has been wired incorrectly.
- The GFCI outlet should be tested while the circuit is on by pressing the TEST and RESET buttons.
- If the testing process does not restore or provide power to the outlet then the GFCI outlet is faulty.
- Realistically, most GFCI outlets do not last forever and may need replacing.
- Recommendation: Replace the GFI outlet with one that has the same amperage rating.
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