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Electrical Question about a Kitchen GFCI Outlet Circuit

Question: I have several electrical outlets in my kitchen, all marked GFCI; however, only 2 of them have a trip/reset button.

Electrical Question from about a Kitchen GFCI Outlet Circuit

Received from a Homeowner in Casa Grande, AZ

Question: I have several electrical outlets in my kitchen, all marked GFCI; however, only 2 of them have a trip/reset button. My house was built in 2006. Yesterday, my wife tells me the microwave would not come on and we need a new one. The actual problem is, all three outlets in that corner of the kitchen are dead (I used a lamp to test). None of these have a trip/reset button, and the others in the kitchen that do, are not tripped (working fine). I have checked every GFCI in the house with a trip button and none are tripped. None of my outside breakers are tripped, I even tripped and reset each of them. What gives?

Additional Comments:

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.
Kitchen counter top outlets are protected by at least one GFCI Outlet being wired using the feed-through method.
Your discovery indicates the possibility of a faulty GFCI Outlet which may need replacing.

Here is a link explaining the GFCI Feed through method

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